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Sky partners with StudioCanal, nabs first rights to 2021 movie slate and back catalogue

Sky has announced a partnership with StudioCanal that gives the premium pay TV provider first access to the Canal+ Group’s film slate for 2021, along with a back catalogue covering hundreds of popular movies.

Under the deal, Studiocanal’s titles scheduled for release from January 2021 will go straight to Sky Cinema and Now TV after any theatrical release. Access includes JoJo Moyes adaptation The Last Letter From Your Lover (pictured above), 2021 Awards hopeful Supernova, female action thriller Gunpowder Milkshake, and Benedict Cumberbatch and Claire Foy vehicle The Electrical Life of Louis Wain.

In addition to this cinematic haul,  Studiocanal’s existing movie library will be brought onto Sky Cinema and SVOD platform Now TV. The catalogue includes Paddington, and Paddington 2, A Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon as well as Legend and Logan Lucky, and award-winning movies The Imitation Game and The Hurt Locker.

Studiocanal and Sky have previously worked together on two Sky Originals, The Secret Garden and Blithe Spirit

Studiocanal and Sky have previously worked together on two Sky Originals, the highly successful 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 which premiered on 15 January, to lukewarm reviews. 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.

This is the latest in a string of partnerships for Sky.  At the close of 2020, Sky finalised a new multi-year European partnership with Amazon, launching Prime Video on Sky Q and NOW TV devices, and signed a long-term partnership with Entertainment One, increasing Sky Cinema’s offerings. 

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 our markets. Adding to this, Sky has brought lifestyle and entertainment apps like Fiit and Roxi onto the Sky Q platform, making it easier for customers to access everything they love, all in one place.

Studiocanal is a 100 per cent affiliate of the Canal+ Group held by Vivendi, a leading European production and distribution outfit.  

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