Sky seals Studiocanal movie deal

Secret Garden collaboration looks to bear fruit

by Andy Bassett
Movies & TV News

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Sky seals Studiocanal movie deal

Sky Cinema customers are set to experience hundreds of hours of new movies and classic library titles in a deal with Studiocanal.

Studiocanal, part of the Canal+ Group and Europe’s leader in production, distribution and international sales of feature films and TV series, will be bringing new movie releases and a range of offerings from its extensive library to Sky Cinema and NOW TV customers who have a Cinema Pass.

From January 2021, new films including  awards hopeful Supernova, The Last Letter From Your Lover, the Karen Gillan female action thriller Gunpowder Milkshake, and the Benedict Cumberbatch and Claire Foy starring The Electrical Life of Louis Wain will all be coming to to Sky Cinema and NOW TV shortly after their theatrical releases. 

Sky and Studiocanal are capitalising on their recent collaboration which saw 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 classic comedy both come simultaneously to theatres and Sky Cinema. There’s no indication of whether any future joint productions will also have day and date releases.  

Moreover, Studiocanal’s extensive movie catalogue will see the likes of family classics such as Paddington, and Paddington 2, A Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon as well as action titles Legend and Logan Lucky (both currently on Amazon Prime Video UK) and award-winning movies The Imitation Game and The Hurt Locker made available for Sky and NOW TV movie lovers.

The partnership follows on from 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.

This marks Sky’s latest commitment to bringing the best entertainment together all in one place, on Sky Q. In the latter part of 2020, Sky finalised a new multi-year European partnership with Amazon, launching Prime Video on Sky and NOW TV devices, and signed a long-term partnership with Entertainment One. Sky customers already have access to content from Netflix, Disney+ (UK and Ireland), Warner Media (HBO), Showtime, Discovery, Fox, Sony and many other partners in each of Sky's markets. 

Alex Hamilton, CEO Studiocanal UK commented “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.”

Source: Press release

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