Stan, a joint venture between Nine Entertainment Co. and Fairfax Media, has inked a long-term, exclusive licensing agreement with CBS Corp. that will bring all future Showtime series and hundreds of hours of Showtime programming to the SVOD service.
The pact kicked off earlier this week with the premiere of “Billions” in Australia, following its record series debut in the U.S. In 2017, Stan will also exclusively premiere “Twin Peaks.”
Mike Sneesby, CEO of Stan, said: “The deal with Showtime rounds out an amazing first year for Stan, with more than 1.5 million Australians having used the service across almost 700,000 subscriptions since our launch on Australia Day 2015.
“Showtime is one of the world’s greatest creators of television programming, and we are delighted to enter this long-term partnership, cementing our position as Australia’s leading local SVOD service.”
Similar exclusive deals for Showtime have been announced with Sky in Europe and Bell Media in Canada.
“The growth of SVOD services internationally has created a huge demand for premium content globally. Showtime’s prestigious brand and growing portfolio of programming align perfectly with this marketplace,” said Armando Nunez, president and CEO of the CBS Global Distribution Group. “We’re excited to expand the international footprint of Showtime in a big way in Australia with Stan, and build on our relationship with their corporate parents Nine Entertainment Co. and Fairfax Media.”
Over the course of the new agreement, hundreds of hours of Showtime programming will also become exclusively available on Stan on SVOD, including “House of Lies,” “The Affair,” “Penny Dreadful,” “Ray Donovan,” “Dexter” and “Californication.” Current rights with other platforms will remain unchanged, with series migrating to Stan for SVOD as permitted when existing commitments expire.
In addition to Showtime programming, the deal will also include exclusive SVOD rights to CBS and The CW series such as “Madam Secretary,” “Limitless,” “Elementary,” “Scorpion,” “Under the Dome,” “Extant,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Reign.” Every episode of every “Star Trek” television series will also be available on Stan.