MUBI inks multi-year deal with NBCUniversal
James R | On 05, Dec 2017
MUBI has inked a major deal with NBCUniversal to expand its library of old and modern classics.
The multi-year deal includes such titles as Being John Malkovich, Dazed and Confused, Rumblefish, Touch of Evil and several Hitchcock films, from Rope and The Man Who Knew Too Much to Marnie, Vertigo and Rear Window.
The deal covers many major European territories where MUBI has a strong presence of subscribers – including UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, and The Netherlands.
First up will be the Coen Brothers’ seminal black comedy, A Serious Man, which is set to hit the service on Christmas Day.
MUBI is a curated streaming service, which selects films from around the world and releases them online for 30 days at a time, with one new film arriving every day. Rather aptly for a customised carousel service, MUBI’s curators were able to hand-pick the broad collection of films that make up its deal with NBC. The selection therefore offers MUBI members a rich and eclectic selection of international cinematic gems.
MUBI’s CEO Efe Cakarel, explains: “Our deal with NBCUniversal is very exciting – their rich catalogue has allowed myself and the curators here at MUBI to run riot with our selections! We know that our community is going to devour such treasures as Billy Wilder’s The Lost Weekend and Sirk’s Written on the Wind, while also discovering the likes of Ang Lee’s Lust, Caution or the wonderful world of John Waters with Serial Mom and Cry Baby.”
The NBCUniversal deal, struck by MUBI’s founder, Cakarel, follows previous agreements with the likes of Sony Pictures and Paramount Studios. MUBI has also recently joined forces with acclaimed filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn, who curated a season of his favourite films on the service and has since created a unique new MUBI ident, playing an instrumental role in helping to create byNWR.com, Nicolas’ new streaming and film content platform, which launches in the new year.
Indeed, MUBI subscribers have recently been treated to long lost, newly restored films such as The Nest of the Cuckoo Birds and Shanty Tramp, available exclusively on MUBI before they launch on byNWR.com.