Sky and CBS Corporation today announced a long-term licensing agreement for Sky Atlantic to be the exclusive home to SHOWTIME’s growing portfolio of programming across all its territories in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria and Italy. Previously, Sky has licensed select SHOWTIME content from CBS on a program-by-program basis.
The deal will span all new and future series, including BILLIONS, which premiered in the U.S. with the best series debut performance ever for a SHOWTIME original series. Other new series include the return of TWIN PEAKS and new seasons of current hits such as RAY DONOVAN and THE AFFAIR. The agreement also means customers will have on-demand access to an acclaimed catalog of premium SHOWTIME programming including CALIFORNICATION, DEXTER and NURSE JACKIE.
The deal is the latest multi-territory agreement secured by Sky as it extends its market-leading offering across entertainment, sports, arts and movies. The exclusive relationship with SHOWTIME builds on Sky’s position as the leading partner for U.S. content creators in Europe. Alongside an expanding portfolio of the best shows from the U.S. and around the world, Sky is also growing its investment in original production, which includes a successful partnership with SHOWTIME to co-produce the gothic horror series PENNY DREADFUL.
For CBS Corporation, this is the largest and most expansive international deal to date for SHOWTIME and the first time its content portfolio has been licensed to a single media company across multiple European territories. It also marks a significant next step in the company’s global expansion strategy to distribute SHOWTIME’s prestigious brand and broad programming slate as a bundled offering. Last year, CBS and Bell Media announced a similar exclusive agreement for SHOWTIME in Canada.
Beginning this year, Sky’s 21 million customers will have exclusive access on Sky Atlantic to all future SHOWTIME series, such as BILLIONS, starring award-winning actors Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis, and the return of TWIN PEAKS (in 2017). BILLIONS is a bold drama set in the ego-driven world of New York high finance. It was created, written and executive produced by Brian Koppelman and David Levien (“Ocean’s Thirteen,” “Rounders”) and Andrew Ross Sorkin (“Too Big to Fail”). Following that will be the eagerly anticipated new series of the iconic TWIN PEAKS, widely considered one of the most groundbreaking programs ever. Director David Lynch and original co-creator Mark Frost continue the story 25 years after the quaint northwestern town of Twin Peaks was left stunned by the murder of homecoming queen Laura Palmer.
In addition to new drama and comedy series, customers will have on-demand access to the impressive SHOWTIME back catalog of hit shows. This will include the complete box sets of series, including THE BORGIAS, BROTHERHOOD, CALIFORNICATION, DEXTER, NURSE JACKIE and the original TWIN PEAKS. In addition to viewing their favorite shows when they want, customers can watch them where they want using Europe’s biggest mobile TV service, Sky Go. Customers who use Sky’s streaming platforms, NOW TV and Sky Online also have access to this must-see channel live and on-demand.
Alongside scripted content, Sky will have an exclusive option to take all new SHOWTIME distributed unscripted shows such as documentaries, late night and reality shows. Premiere dates for the programming may vary by country, and current rights agreements with other platforms will remain unchanged.