Stan signs content deal with Paramount

In the wake of the news that Disney+ will be hitting Australian shores sooner than previously thought, Stan has announced a partnership with Paramount Pictures which will give the streaming platform exclusive rights to a collection of TV and film products.

The multi-year output agreement adds to Stan’s current deals with Showtime, Starz and MGM.

The first series to launch will be Paramount Television’s Looking For Alaska, which will premiere exclusively in Australia on Stan on October 19. The eight-part series is based on the John Green novel of the same name and will star Kristine Froseth and Charlie Plummer.

Other projects currently in development for Paramount Television include Made for Love and Station Eleven, the Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio mystery Devil in the White City, and Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles.

“Paramount has built a fantastic slate of premium scripted television series in addition to their iconic box office blockbusters, legendary film franchises and library of classics,” said Mike Sneesby, CEO of Stan.

“We’re thrilled to expand our relationship with Paramount under this new long-term output agreement as part of our ongoing commitment to bring the world’s greatest TV series and movies to Australians.”

The Great, starring Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult, which follows the story of Catherine the Great and her rise to power will also premiere exclusively on Stan in 2020.

The deal will also bring a number of Paramount’s feature films to the service, including the Mission: Impossible franchise, the Transformers, and Star Trek franchises, in addition to favourites like Top Gun, The Godfather Trilogy and many more.

The deal comes after it was announced earlier this week that Disney+ would land in Australia on November 19. While a comment hasn’t yet been made about what that will mean for the company’s content agreements with local providers like Stan, it seems likely the streaming business’ short-term agreement will cease shortly after.

“We are extremely pleased to continue working with Stan with this long-term deal to bring some of Paramount Television’s most anticipated new shows exclusively to the service’s discriminating subscribers,” said Jonathan Greenberg, SVP regional sales Asia Pacific for Paramount Pictures Television Licensing and Distribution.

“These programs, along with films from Paramount’s world-renowned library, further enhance Stan’s impressive lineup of premium entertainment.”


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