LONDON and SANTA MONICA, June 18, 2012 – Leading global film and television studio Miramax and BSkyB (Sky), the most comprehensive multichannel, multi-platform television service in the UK and Ireland, today announced the completion of a new licensing deal.
Under the terms of the agreement, Sky will hold exclusive rights to a substantial package of Miramax films including Academy Award® winning Life is Beautiful, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Spy Kids, and Starsky & Hutch among others. These titles will be delivered across the range of Sky Movies subscription channels in high definition (HD), through Sky’s on-demand service Sky Anytime+ and on the move via Sky Go.
“We are very pleased to add our award-winning and beloved films to the Sky lineup, ensuring that Sky subscribers will continue to have access to the best that independent cinema and Hollywood have to offer,” said Danny Goldman, Miramax Senior Vice President and Head of Sales, Europe. “The entertainment appeal of Sky continues to grow, and we are excited to be in business with the Sky Movies team.”
Simon Rexworthy, Controller of Acquisitions at Sky said, “It’s great to be working with Miramax as they build out their business and make more of their titles available to us. The deal will give Sky Movies customers exclusive access to some of the best titles from Miramax’s unrivalled archive including such iconic modern classics as Pulp Fiction and Chicago.”
About Sky Movies
Sky Movies is Europe’s largest in-home movie service providing a fantastic range of movies to its customers. The service provides viewers with around 450 different films a week including up to 5 premieres every Friday – at least a year before they appear on any other TV or streaming subscription service.
Offering a choice of recent and quality titles, from cult indie cinema to the biggest blockbusters and hundreds titles in HD every month, Sky Movies gives customers flexibility over what they watch, when and how – whether on TV, on PC, Mac or mobile.
As part of your subscription, Sky Movies is available on demand via Sky Anytime+ which gives customers access to hundreds of additional movies via a broadband connection directly to an enabled Sky+HD box. Sky Movies can also be watched on the move on your laptop, iPad, phone or selected Android smartphones with Sky’s internet TV service Sky Go.
The new Sky Movies App enables customers to browse movies currently showing on Sky as well as what’s on at the cinema. Customers can use the app to remote record movies to their Sky+HD planner, and link through directly from the app to watch titles live and on-demand on Sky Go.
A host of additional benefits are available to Sky Movies customer, including free tickets to preview screenings across the UK.
Miramax is a leading worldwide film and television studio with a library of more than 700 motion pictures. Miramax sells directly and licenses its titles globally through strategic partnerships including: Lionsgate, Netflix, Facebook, Hulu and StudioCanal. The Miramax library holds some of the world’s most original and acclaimed independent films including Pulp Fiction, Good Will Hunting, The English Patient, Kill Bill Volume I and II, Life is Beautiful, Reservoir Dogs, Sex, Lies and Videotape, Cinema Paradiso and My Left Foot – as well as scores of commercially successful films such as The Aviator, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Bad Santa, Chicago, There Will Be Blood, and the Scream, Hellraiser, Scary Movie and Spy Kids franchises. In 2011, Miramax released three new films including the critically acclaimed film The Debt, starring Helen Mirren and Jessica Chastain, directed by John Madden. Collectively, the Miramax library has received 284 Academy Award nominations and 68 Oscars, including four Best Picture awards.
Miramax is headquartered in Santa Monica, California with a sales office in London. For more information, please visit www.miramax.com, “like” the company on www.facebook.com/miramax and follow Miramax on Twitter @Miramax.
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Victoria Fairclough, Sky Movies PR – +44 20 7032 0676 / firstname.lastname@example.org