Australian streaming service Stan has struck a deal with Lionsgate for Starz originals and “hundreds of hours” of Lionsgate and Starz premium content.
The move is the latest in Lionsgate’s export of its premium pay-TV brand to the international marketplace following deals with Bell Media in Canada and Amazon Prime Video in the UK and Germany, and the roll-out of Starzplay in the Middle East and North Africa.
The Stan deal kicks off with Starz’s new series Sweetbitter and Vida (pictured) and original docu-series Wrong Man from Joe Berlinger.
The agreement will also feature upcoming Starz original series such as supernatural spy thriller The Rook, co-produced by Lionsgate and Liberty Global and starring Emma Greenwell, Joely Richardson, Olivia Munn ad Adrian Lester; John Wick spin-off The Continental; and miniseries The Spanish Princess, which follows in the footsteps of Starz original miniseries The White Queen and original limited series The White Princess – both currently streaming on Stan.
“STARZ and Lionsgate have been fantastic partners for Stan ever since launch, bringing us some of our biggest hits, including Ash vs Evil Dead, The Girlfriend Experience, and of course the record breaking Power, shortly to debut its fifth season,” Stan CEO Mike Sneesby said.
“This new long-term deal takes that relationship to another level, cementing Stan as the Australian home of STARZ original series, and exclusively bringing Stan customers some of the biggest and most exciting new shows from one of the biggest names in premium TV for many years to come.”
“We’re thrilled to expand our longstanding partnership with our friends at Stan and excited to take our relationship to the next level,” Lionsgate president of worldwide television and digital distribution Jim Packer said.
“Our new licensing agreement spans not only a great slate of STARZ original series but a deep roster of Lionsgate and STARZ premium programming that will resonate with their audiences for years to come.”
Stan will also stream such Lionsgate shows as British black comedy Damned with Jo Brand and Alan Davies, all four seasons of The Royals starring Elizabeth Hurley and Joan Collins, and thriller series 10 Days In The Valley starring Kyra Sedgwick.