Sky Extends Output Deal With HBO, Will Co-Develop & Co-Produce New Dramas

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Sky and HBO have extended their output agreement which will see Sky Atlantic remain the exclusive UK of HBO programming until at least 2020, TVWise has learned.

This deal between the two companies, which is an extension of the five year output deal Sky and HBO signed in 2010, is said to be worth nearly £300 million and in addition to giving Sky rights to any and all HBO or Cinemax series produced by HBO Originals (such as Game of Thrones and Banshee) includes a co-development and co-production element.

Under this new agreement the two companies will co-develop long running drama series which would be jointly commissioned by Sky and HBO for broadcast in the UK, Ireland and the United States, all as part of Sky’s pledge to invest £600 million per year in UK commissions. Sky has also secured multi-platform rights to the HBO catalogue, allowing such programmes as Veep and The Newsroom to continue be made available via Sky On-Demand and Sky Go.

“HBO is synonymous with must-see TV that pushes creative boundaries, so it’s no wonder that Sky Atlantic is such a hit with our customers. By expanding our relationship with HBO, we are strengthening our commitment to bring customers the very best content from around the world”, said Jeremy Darroch, CEO of BSkyB. “Original production is the natural next step for our partnership with HBO and we are enormously excited at the prospect of working together to realise our shared vision for epic drama of a truly spectacular scale.”

While Richard Plepler, CEO of Home Box Office, added: “The deal with Sky was trailblazing in that it served as a model for similar arrangements we entered into around the world, with Sky Atlantic held up as the gold standard.  The team at Sky are true partners and the extension and expansion of our relationship feels like an obvious next step.  We are proud to have HBO programming remain a part of the Sky offering and excited to add to it with our joint undertaking in new production.”