Sky Cinema inks deal with Studiocanal
James R | On 18, Jan 2021
Sky Cinema has inked a new deal with Studiocanal for the rights to the distributor’s new and future releases.
Under the deal, Studiocanal’s titles scheduled for release from January 2021 will be brought to Sky Cinema and NOW after their theatrical release. Customers will get access to upcoming titles including awards hopeful Supernova, JoJo Moyes adaptation The Last Letter From Your Lover, female action thriller Gunpowder Milkshake, and Benedict Cumberbatch and Claire Foy starring in The Electrical Life of Louis Wain.
In addition to the theatrical slate, from the start of 2021 movies from Studiocanal’s existing movie library will be brought onto Sky Cinema and NOW. This will include Paddington and Paddington 2, A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon, Legend, Logan Lucky, The Imitation Game and The Hurt Locker.
The agreement comes after several years of Studiocanal partnering Amazon Prime Video, with films previously being exclusively streamed by the online retailer’s subscription service and some also branded as Amazon originals. But Studiocanal and Sky are far from strangers: they have previously worked together on two Sky Originals – The Secret Garden, based on the classic children’s novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, and Blithe Spirit, a reimagining of Noël Coward’s comedy that premiered last week. The deal also follows the announcement in December of a multi-year pay-TV and streaming rights deal between Sky Deutschland and Studiocanal across all Sky distribution channels in Germany and Austria.
Alex Hamilton, CEO Studiocanal UK, comments: “We are delighted to be bringing our exciting upcoming line up of films and the glories of the STUDIOCANAL catalogue to the fantastic and ever evolving Sky platform. We look forward to a great collaboration together over the coming months and beyond.”