Showtime extends deal with Dreamworks


Showtime has extended its deal with Dreamworks Studios for movies released through the Walt Disney Company.

The deal will keep the films coming to the network through 2018. The original deal, signed in 2009 (when Showtime replaced Starz as Dreamwork's pay TV home), was set to expire in 2015.

The deal was announced today by Showtime senior vice president content acquisitions Gary Garfinkel and senior vice president content acquisitions and business & legal affairs Kent Sevener and Disney-ABC Domestic Television president Janice Marinelli.

Included in the deal is "Lincoln," which will premiere on the network later this year. 

Movies under this deal can be streamed through Showtime Anytime, which is part of the TV Anywhere initative. Authenticated users can stream the films on computers and mobile devices, provided they have a Showtime account.

This deal does not change anything with Disney's deal with Netflix, which was announced late last year. That deal will see Disney library films such as Alice In Wonderland and Dumbo brought to the streaming service.

Showtime is part of CBS Incorporated.

“We are delighted to extend our output deal with The Walt Disney Studios as we continue to offer DreamWorks' critically-acclaimed theatrical films to our subscribers,” said Garfinkel and Sevener.  “Coupled with our award-winning series, specials, documentaries and sports offerings, as well as our current supply of theatrical titles, these wonderful films add incredible value to our robust programming slate."

"Showtime has been a tremendous partner and we are thrilled to be expanding our highly-valued relationship with them for DreamWorks Studios' first-rate slate of films," added Marinelli.  "Showtime has successfully embraced the DreamWorks brand and this long-term extension guarantees that these top quality, diverse and entertaining films will continue to complement Showtime's impressive programming line-up for years to come."


Written by: Hamatosan
Mar 14th, 2013, 2:24 pm

Images courtesy of Showtime

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