Stan inks Warner Bros streaming deal
Stan and Warner Bros International Television Distribution have struck an exclusive multi-year licensing agreement that will add hundreds of hours of content to the streaming service.
This will include five first-run TV shows, movies, catalogue titles and 10 seasons of Friends.
New shows premiering exclusively on Stan in August include iZombie, the hit drama from the creator of Veronica Mars; Constantine, based on the popular DC Comics character; and Season 3 of psychological thriller The Following, starring Kevin Bacon.
Stan is a joint venture between Nine Entertainment Co and Fairfax Media.
iZombie Season 2 will also be fast-tracked to Stan in October, day and date with US broadcast.
The deal also includes exclusive SVOD rights to all 236 episodes of Friends in remastered HD.
Stan Content and Product Director, Nick Forward, said: “Our partnership with Warner Bros is the most significant since launch in terms of bringing outstanding, exclusive premiere shows and some of the most popular TV series of all time to Stan.”
“By adding hundreds of hours of new content to Stan’s lineup, the deal further cements our position as the SVOD service with the highest quality and largest library of content in Australia,” he said.
Warner Bros presdient, Worldwide Television Distribution, Jeffrey R. Schlesinger, said: “We’re very pleased that customers of Stan will have access to these great new and classic serialised television programs – perfectly suited for watching single episodes or bingeing over time – as well as a slate of audience-favourite blockbuster films.”
Also exclusively premiering on Stan later in the year will be comedy series Selfie, starring Karen Gillan (Dr Who), and relationship comedy A to Z, starring Ben Feldman (Mad Men) and Cristin Milioti (How I Met Your Mother). TV series The Flash, The Last Ship, Hart of Dixie and Forever will also be coming to Stan as SVOD exclusives.
In addition to the outstanding lineup of TV series, the deal includes a selection of box office hits as well as recent catalogue TV series, including all seven seasons of The West Wing, every episode of The OC, Sex & The City spin-off The Carrie Diaries, JJ Abram’s Fringe and Rebel Wilson’s Super Fun Night.
Titles will be available to watch instantly, in up to full HD, on multiple platforms including television, tablets, computers and mobile phones.