Showtime and Amblin Partners have inked an exclusive five-year deal for qualifying theatrical releases from Amblin Entertainment, DreamWorks and Participant Media films to air on Showtime networks. The pact, which extends the existing relationship between DreamWorks Pictures and Showtime Networks, includes pics released through 2021 to air on Showtime, the Movie Channel and Flix along with affiliated multiplex channels and streaming services.
The deal, which runs through 2021, will include as many as nine films a year produced under the Amblin Partners umbrella, up to six of which will be under the Amblin Entertainment and DreamWorks Pictures labels and up to three of which will be under the Participant Media label. Upcoming theatrical releases included under the existing DreamWorks deal and the new deal with Amblin are The Light Between Oceans starring Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender, The Girl on the Train starring Emily Blunt and Ghost in the Shell starring Scarlett Johansson.
“Coupled with our award-winning series, specials, documentaries and sports offerings, as well as our current supply of theatrical titles, these critically acclaimed films add incredible value to our programming slate.”
said Kent Sevener, SVP Content Acquisition at Showtime Networks. Added Amblin Partners Co-CEO Jeff Small, “Showtime has been a terrific partner for many years, and we are thrilled that they will continue to be a home for our pictures for years to come.”
Said David Linde, CEO of Participant Media. “This is our first television output deal and marks an important step as the company continues to grow through our partnership in Amblin Partners.”