German feevee scraps output deal
BERLIN — Subscribers of pay platform Sky Deutschland will have to look elsewhere for Paramount blockbusters like “The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn,” “Puss in Boots” and “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol” after the feevee operator declined to extend its output deal with the studio.Sky programming chief Marcus Ammon confirmed the news on Facebook over the weekend. “No pay TV platform in Europe has film agreements with all of the Hollywood studios; Sky has long been spoiled in this regard,” he stated. Ammon added that Paramount films only made up a small percentage of Sky’s film offering. The news has generated a largely negative response on Sky’s Facebook page, with many criticizing the decision, widely perceived as a cost-cutting move for the benefit of top league Bundesliga soccer, which remains Sky Deutschland’s main attraction. A Sky source said the Rupert Murdoch-controlled pay platform balked at Paramount’s asking price to renew the output deal, adding that Sky execs were afraid other Hollywood majors would follow suit with higher prices if the new terms were accepted. In addition, execs have not written off the possibility of an eventual deal with Paramount later on in the year, according to the insider. Sky’s current deal with Paramount expires in January.