Stan and global content leader Lionsge has today announced an expanded new licensing agreement that will bring a robust slate of upcoming STARZ original series and hundreds of hours of additional Lionsgate and STARZ premium programming to the Australian streaming service. With the new deal Stan becomes the Australian home of STARZ Originals.
The deal commenced with STARZ’s critically acclaimed new series Sweetbitter and Vida and ground-breaking original docu series Wrong Man from Academy Award and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Joe Berlinger (Paradise Lost).
The agreement will also feature eagerly-anticipated upcoming STARZ original series such as the supernatural spy thriller The Rook, coproduced by Lionsgate and Liberty Global, The Continental, the TV spinoff of the hit Lionsgate John Wick franchise, and the miniseries The Spanish Princess, following in the footsteps of award-winning Starz original miniseries The White Queen and original limited series The White Princess, both currently streaming on Stan.
Mike Sneesby, Stan’s CEO said “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. 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,” said Lionsgate President of Worldwide Television & Digital Distribution Jim Packer. “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.”
The highly anticipated series The Rook is a supernatural thriller about a young woman pursued by shadowy paranormal adversaries while grappling with extraordinary abilities of her own. The show is currently in production in London and stars Emma Greenwell (Love and Friendship, The Path), Joely Richardson (Nip/Tuck, Red Sparrow), Olivia Munn (X-Men: Apocalypse, The Newsroom) and Adrian Lester (Riviera, Hustle).
The Continental, set in the ‘John Wick universe,’ sees the creators of the hit franchise turn their attention to the inner workings of the exclusive Continental Hotel which serves as a refuge for assassins.
Also coming to Stan as part of this new agreement is mini-series The Spanish Princess, which has just gone into production. This third instalment is a follow up to Golden Globe® and Emmy award-nominated STARZ Original Miniseries The White Queen and the critically –acclaimed STARZ Original Limited Series The White Princess, both currently streaming on Stan.
Stan subscribers will also get to enjoy a wide selection of popular new Lionsgate shows, all streaming on Stan over the coming months. These include British black comedy hit Damned, starring Jo Brand (Getting On) and Alan Davies (Jonathan Creek) and all four seasons of salacious drama The Royals starring Elizabeth Hurley (Austin Powers, Gossip Girl) and Joan Collins (Dynasty and American Horror Story), which will premiere for the first time in Australia on Stan.
Also streaming exclusively on Stan will be the tense thriller series’ 10 Days in the Valley starring Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer) and 8-episode hour-long dramatic action series Insomnia, from executive producer and director Slava N. Jakovleff and executive producer Michael Ohoven, and starring Shaun Sipos, Dylan Everett and Pasha Lychnikoff. All shows will have full seasons available to stream on their premiere date.
Major STARZ series Power, already a huge hit on Stan, will have its fifth season premiere on July 1, with new episodes weekly, the same day as the U.S. The hit show, executive produced by and guest starring Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, has already been picked up for a sixth season where 50 Cent will make his TV directorial debut.