NEWS: Sky announces huge original TV show and movie lineup for 2021

La Finta Nonna

Active Member
Nothing obviously tempting to these eyes and a reminder that for all the headlines about what a fantastic amount of new content there is, it’s a wake up call to think that not long ago Sky was easily our major player in terms of what to watch outside of the five terrestrial channels and now the big hitting streamers have blown them away in terms of content and budget and for only a fraction of the price
 

rs101

Member
Sky have recently signed a deal with Studio Canal, so a lot of their content is likely to leave Amazon Prime in the near future.
 

GT One

Active Member
Sky has been reading the tea leaves and must follow production trends set by Netflix and Disney+, They do have markets overseas for their products, so their Sky Studios at Elstree will be kept busy.
 

Plektrum

Active Member
The heavy shift to original films has been necessitated by the cratering of the theatrical film business this last year so pushing 30 or so exclusive titles is no real surprise in order to make up the shortfall of Friday premieres - and a fair few of these like Blithe Spirit, Antebellum, Billie Holliday, Six Minutes to Midnight and A Boy Called Christmas were all earmarked for theatrical release so Sky are clearly being opportunistic in picking these up from Lionsgate and their new output partners EOne and Studiocanal... some of these films were probably going to find it difficult to find an audience or even a slot when things start opening again so pivoting them to SVOD was probably the smarter move... and given that Sky are taking about one new original a week in 2022, they’re obviously not banking on an outpouring of theatrical product anytime soon.
 

GT One

Active Member
The heavy shift to original films has been necessitated by the cratering of the theatrical film business this last year so pushing 30 or so exclusive titles is no real surprise in order to make up the shortfall of Friday premieres - and a fair few of these like Blithe Spirit, Antebellum, Billie Holliday, Six Minutes to Midnight and A Boy Called Christmas were all earmarked for theatrical release so Sky are clearly being opportunistic in picking these up from Lionsgate and their new output partners EOne and Studiocanal... some of these films were probably going to find it difficult to find an audience or even a slot when things start opening again so pivoting them to SVOD was probably the smarter move... and given that Sky are taking about one new original a week in 2022, they’re obviously not banking on an outpouring of theatrical product anytime so
I agree with your comment. In my opinion film and TV studios are adapting to the changing times, there was little choice, but it was also inevitable, even before COVID, that movie making had to become a more diverse production line industry to cope with the exponential SVOD demand.

The main commercial victim of all this will the be cinema chains, their future is dependent on the ongoing support of movie goers (when the COVID threat is reduced) and the major studios who are making deals with global streaming companies.
By the looks of things production of TV shows and movies will be increasing in coming years, though perhaps the budgets wont be big as they have been in the past.
Movies like Avatar, when it eventually gets theatrical release may create a new revival of big screen cinema but the trend has been set for the bulk of movie production being made for the pay to view / SVOD market.
 

gunark

Member
Why does nobody adapt The Kraken Wakes instead of the same two over and over. Would have thought the eco-Armageddon message might be quite prescient.
 

MarkNorton1

Well-known Member
Only one I noticed that I will be looking forward to is Breeders S2, loved the first season but not much else to get excited about for me.
 

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