HBO content is staying put on Sky. The satcaster has extended their output deal with WarnerMedia. The extension, which comes ahead of the 2020 expiration of the prior agreement, also includes a new co-production agreement that give Sky the opportunity to co-produce select HBO Max originals going forward. The five-year agreement covers all of Sky’s European markets.
Alongside the HBO and co-production element, the deal also cover the pay TV rights for Warner Bros. first-run feature films and on-demand content from Turner’s Cartoon Network and Boomerang brands. Notably, the just-ordered Game Of Thrones prequel House Of The Dragon will now have a slot on Sky Atlantic, continuing the channel’s legacy of being the UK home to the franchise.
Building on the success of co-productions Chernobyl and Catherine The Great, Sky Studios will collaborate WarnerMedia’s HBO Max programming team to co-produce “premium dramas”. The move suggests that, despite rumours to the contrary, there are no plans to launch HBO Max in territories where Sky has a presence.
“We are thrilled to find new ways to deepen our longstanding relationship with Sky, and bring a fresh dimension to the great content we continue to bring to consumers”, said Jeffrey R. Schlesinger, President, Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution.
While Gary Davey, CEO Sky Studios, added: “Our partnership with HBO, and now Warner Media, has never been stronger as Sky continues to thrive as Europe’s leading direct-to-consumer media and entertainment business. Customers love our Sky original productions and together, Sky Studios and HBO Max will bring them more unique stories that you can’t find anywhere else.”