×

Starz Nabs Rights to ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

As “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” continues to shatter records at the box office, it has already found a premium cable home: Starz.

The network has acquired the pay-TV rights to the seventh installment in the “Star Wars” franchise, Variety has confirmed, as the last film in their output deal with Disney. “The Force Awakens” came out at the very end of 2015, barely allowing Starz to secure the rights under the deal.

Financial terms of the deal, first reported by the New York Post, have not been disclosed. “The Force Awakens” has been unstoppable at the box office, with the sequel set to top “Avatar” all-time domestic box office record this week.

The J.J. Abrams-directed “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has made $740 million since its debut Deb. 18. The movie reunited past franchise stars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill, along with bringing in newcomers Daisy Ridley and John Boyega.

More TV

  • David Coulthard, Sunil Patel, Jake Humphrey

    Sony Pictures Television Takes Minority Stake in U.K. Sports Producer Whisper

    Sony Pictures Television has invested in U.K. sports-focused production outfit Whisper Group. Effective immediately, the business will replace Channel 4’s Indie Growth Fund as a minority stakeholder in Whisper, which has become a leading voice in sports entertainment. Founded by BAFTA-winning CEO Sunil Patel, broadcaster Jake Humphrey and F1 commentator David Coulthard, Whispers covers NFL, [...]

  • Kenan Thompson

    White House Correspondents Dinner Returns to Comedy With Kenan Thompson, Hasan Minaj

    They’re trying to laugh again at the White House Correspondents Association annual dinner. Long-running “Saturday Night Live” cast member Kenan Thompson will host the event, while comedian Hasan Minaj will be the featured entertainer for the evening, which has often served as a spotlight on relations between the media and the White House. Last year, [...]

  • DNC

    Mike Bloomberg to Join Democratic Presidential Contenders at Wednesday's Debate

    Democratic presidential contender Mike Bloomberg will take the stage alongside his rivals at a primary debate for the first time on Wednesday night after a poll released today allowed him to qualify for the event. Bloomberg commanded 19% support in the poll conducted by NPR, PBS NewsHour and Marist, second only to Sen. Bernie Sanders [...]

  • 'The Bachelor' Recap: Finding Love Among

    'The Bachelor' Recap: Finding Love Among Hometown Dates

    SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not yet watched the eighth episode of Season 24 of “The Bachelor.” For the first glimpse of the real world in weeks, titular bachelor Peter Weber took his women back home. With only four women remaining — Hannah Ann Sluss, Kelsey Weier, Madison Prewett and Victoria Fuller — [...]

  • Drew Carey Price Is Right

    'Price Is Right' Tapings Delayed After Drew Carey's Ex-Fiance Killed

    “The Price Is Right” tapings have been postponed following news that host Drew Carey’s ex-fiance was killed last week. Family and sex therapist Amie Harwick, 38, was found Saturday morning at her home in Los Angeles with injuries consistent with a fall. She later died at the hospital. Her ex-boyfriend Gareth Pursehouse has been arrested [...]

  • Caroline Flack

    'Love Island' Returns to Air As ITV Defends Treatment of Caroline Flack

    ‘Love Island’ was back on air Monday for the first time since the death of former host Caroline Flack on Feb. 15. Amid the reality series’ return, broadcaster ITV insists it supported the star after she was removed from the show. Monday night’s episode began somberly with narrator Iain Stirling providing voiceover over scenes of [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content