Starz has struck a deal to license select programming to HBO Nordic, the new service HBO is launching in Scandinavia later this year.
A mix of original series and TV movies from the pay cabler like “Spartacus” will be licensed by Starz Media Worldwide Distribution, which will also contribute content produced by the company for other channels, including Syfy series “Painkiller Jane.”
The pact also entitles HBO Nordic to future original programming from Starz. Movies from Starz’s output deals are not included.
While collaboration between Starz and HBO, which are rivals in the U.S., might seem odd, it is a different story internationally. HBO operates dozens of channels overseas that carry programming from both Showtime and Starz, which don’t have international channel businesses. Showtime is also a part of HBO Nordic.
In August HBO announced its intent to move into Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark via a joint venture with Parsifal Intl.