26 AUG 2020

NBC UNIVERSAL SIGNS OUTPUT DEAL WITH AUSTRALIAN STREAMER STAN

The multi-year global distribution deal provides Stan customers access to hundreds of blockbuster films, scripted and unscripted content, and children's programming. The financial terms were not disclosed.

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NBCUniversal's global distribution handlers signed a wide, multi-year deal with Stan for the Australian streamers to house content from Sky Studios, NBCUniversal International Studios, and Peacock content produced by Universal Studio Group. “This marks the first time an agreement combining series from Sky Studios, DreamWorks Animation and Peacock content produced by Universal Studio Group has been secured in Australia, the biggest new slate of premium scripted content to come to market in recent times," Stan CEO Mike Sneesby said.

The deal also includes Dreamworks' animation TV shows, which were produced for Peacock and NBCUniversal's kids' programming. Hundreds of blockbuster films are included in the pact. “This extensive agreement ensures that Stan will be the exclusive Australian home of our new and compelling dramas, hit comedies, engaging children’s programs, exciting unscripted series and iconic film and library titles for many years to come,” Belinda Menendez, NBCUniversal’s President and Chief Revenue Officer of Global Distribution, said.

Sky Studios’ scripted and unscripted content, along with its children’s programming will also be accessible through the agreement, as well as numerous scripted shows and hundreds of films from NBCU’s catalog. Though NBCU noted the deal would last multiple years, the conglomerate didn't specify the exact duration. 

The pact also marks the latest major acquisition of programming from a US-based operator by domestic streamers. Earlier this summer, Foxtel, which recently launched its streamer Binge, expanded its deal with WarnerMedia, handing it exclusive rights to broadcast a raft of HBO content, including upcoming HBO Max original series, on its platforms.  ITV Studios and BBC Studios are planning to launch their SVOD BritBox in the country later this year while AMC Networks confirmed plans to launch a horror-focused SVOD Shudder.

The Peacock content that will become accessible on Stan will include "Brave New World" and its "Saved By The Bell" reboot. Sky Studios shows include "Gangs Of London" and "I Hate Suzie," created by Succession writer Lucy Prebble,  and DreamWork's series, "Madagascar: A Little Wild."

This marks the first time an agreement combining series from Sky Studios, DreamWorks Animation and Peacock content produced by Universal Studio Group has been secured in Australia, the biggest new slate of premium scripted content to come to market in recent times.” Mike Sneesby CEO, Stan

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