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02.10.2021

Sky NZ and ViacomCBS announce renewed multi-year content deal

More premium drama from SHOWTIME® and fan favourite TV Hits for Sky, Neon and Prime.

Sky NZ and ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group, one of the world's leading distributors of premium entertainment content, have today announced a renewed multi-year deal that will see Sky and Neon customers continue to enjoy a huge variety of content from CBS, The CW and SHOWTIME plus Paramount Television Studios programming.

The agreement includes exclusivity for SHOWTIME content and rights across a variety of Sky channels and platforms, including Neon, Sky Go, Sky On Demand and free-to-air channel Prime.

SHOWTIME is home to acclaimed series like Billions, Ray Donovan, Twin Peaks: A Limited Event Series, The Affair, Penny Dreadful and Dexter, as well as new shows including Your Honor and The Good Lord Bird.

Sky customers will continue to have access to returning seasons of their favourite CBS and The CW shows such as NCIS: New Orleans, FBI: Most Wanted, Charmed and Nancy Drew.

Sky Chief Executive Sophie Moloney said: “Our renewed agreement with ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group has been shaped with our customers front and centre of our decision-making. We’ve utilised customer insights including our 25,000 strong Sky Nation panel and, in doing so, we’ve secured our customers the content that they love and value. From binge-able premium drama to the ever-popular top tier crime series, we believe the depth and breadth of quality content will delight our customers.

Our recent long-term partnership renewals with Discovery and now ViacomCBS are all part of our constant focus to simplify content discovery for New Zealanders, giving them access to the best and broadest range of content, all in one place and in ways that work for them.”

Dan Cohen, President, ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group said: “Through the renewal of our deal with Sky, we’re pleased to provide audiences in New Zealand with some of the highest-quality content available in the world. From established titles with global fanbases to new hits featuring A-list talent, our portfolio of brands including SHOWTIME, CBS, Paramount Television Studios and The CW consistently deliver top-notch series we’re confident viewers will continue to find relatable and entertaining for years to come.”

Sky’s agreement with ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group follows a long-term deal Sky has in place with ViacomCBS for hit channels and mega brands MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr, Nick Music and MTV Music channels.

“We’re pleased to follow that up by giving Sky and Neon customers access to hundreds more hours of exceptional TV shows for all the family through this deal with ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group,” said Sophie.

About Sky

Sky is New Zealand’s leading entertainment company and home to the best and broadest choice in live sport, movies, shows, documentaries and breaking news. Sky offers a suite of viewing choices to suit every New Zealander, whether it’s through the Sky Box and streaming service Sky Go for premium direct-to-home customers, or through its contract-free streaming services Sky Sport Now for sport or Neon for movies and entertainment. Sky also owns free-to-air channel, Prime. Unique New Zealand stories and free-to-air sport are a strong part of Prime’s line-up.

About ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group

ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group is the leading distributor of premium content across multiple media platforms throughout the global marketplace. The division's portfolio is comprised of some of the world's most recognized brands, including feature films and television programs from Paramount Pictures, Paramount Television Studios, Paramount Players, Paramount Animation, CBS Studios, CBS Media Ventures, CBS News, SHOWTIME Networks and Viacom brands. The division also has the largest distributed library of series and film titles, including global franchises such as "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," "NCIS," "Star Trek," "SpongeBob SquarePants," "Transformers," "Mission: Impossible," and more. In addition, the division licenses a diverse lineup of scripted and unscripted formats for local production and participates in international co-productions. ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group is a division of ViacomCBS Inc.

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Sky
Sue Hamilton
sue.hamilton@sky.co.nz
+64 (0)27 549 3330

ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group
Jennifer Weingroff

jennifer.weingroff@cbs.com

+1-323-575-5460

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