Sky Signs eOne Deal for 200-Strong Library, Upcoming Films

HAPPIEST SEASON
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'Happiest Season'

The Kirsten Stewart, Mackenzie Davis rom-com 'Happiest Season' is part of the deal.

Comcast-owned European pay-TV giant Sky has signed a major deal with Entertainment One spanning both the studio's existing library of titles and new releases in development.

The arrangement gives Sky access to almost 200 movies from eOne's library, including the Twilight and Divergent franchises, Young Victoria, Dallas Buyers Club and Looper, which will be made available to its Sky Q customers. Starting from Summer 2021, Sky will also have the pay TV rights for eOne’s first-run feature films, including the animated kids’ title Two by Two: Overboard! which debuted in October at the top of the U.K. box office.

A number of new releases will also be available exclusively to Sky customers, including the upcoming holiday rom-com Happiest Season, starring Kristen Stewart, Mackenzie Davis, Alison Brie and Aubrey Plaza, which bypassed a U.K. theatrical release due to the pandemic.

Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

"This year alone we've struck agreements with Disney, Discovery, Sony and DreamWorks Animation to increase the variety of content available on Sky Q, and recently we’ve brought lifestyle and entertainment apps like Fiit and Roxi onto the platform," said Stephen van Rooyen, executive vp and CEO U.K. & Europe for Sky. "Throw in our comprehensive sports offering and our popular Sky Originals and there’s something for everyone on Sky Q. Our deal with eOne is just another example of us listening to customers and bringing them more of what they want."

Added Stuart Baxter, eOne's president, international distribution: "We’re delighted to be expanding our relationship with Sky on this ground-breaking deal, especially during these challenging times. A partnership of this scale marks one of the biggest strategic deals we’ve done this year. We’re confident they will be a brilliant marketing partner for our content, working with us through the entire lifecycle."