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HBO, Sky Partner for Original TV Series Production

21 Apr, 2017 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Move seen to combat rising global influence of Netflix and Amazon Prime Video

With Netflix and Amazon spending billions generating original television shows (and movies) for domestic and international audiences, HBO and British satellite TV operator Sky inked an agreement to co-produce serialized dramas.

The focus of the arrangement will be on high-end productions featuring engaging stories with international points of view and casting, the very same type of content Netflix and more recently Amazon have generated as the SVOD behemoths seek global footprints.

Just as Netflix and Amazon openly court content creators — the latter via online pitches, HBO and Sky said their pact will be open to pitches from across the creative community, in both the United States and Europe, and is looking for ideas consistent with the content strategies of HBO in North America and the Sky Atlantic brand in Europe.

“Sky has been a great partner for us and this deal allows even deeper collaboration between our two great companies, which have a long tradition in creating superior content for our customers. Together we represent the best in television and combined we will raise the bar even higher in pay-TV programming,” HBO CEO Richard Plepler said in a statement.

Within two years, the partnership anticipates greenlighting at least two drama projects per year with the first project coming to screen in 2018.
The first projects of the partnership have been initiated in development, with announcements expected in the coming weeks.

"HBO and Sky have for many years shared a common creative culture and a common vision for the development of high-quality drama. This new venture deepens that relationship, maintains our leadership position in world-class content, provides great opportunities for [independent creators] and gives our customers even more opportunity to enjoy brilliant story telling,” said Sky CEO Jeremy Darroch.

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