Stan Signs Exclusive Deal with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution

August 11, 2015


Stan and Warner Bros. International Television Distribution today announced an exclusive multi-year licensing agreement that will add hundreds of hours of content to the streaming service – including five first-run TV shows, blockbuster movies, popular catalogue titles and the entire 10 seasons of Friends.

New shows premiering exclusively on Stan in August include iZombie, the hit drama from the creator of Veronica Mars; Constantine, based on the popular DC Comics character; and Season 3 of psychological thriller The Following, starring Kevin Bacon. Plus, iZombie Season 2 will be fast-tracked to Stan in October, day and date with US broadcast.

The deal also includes exclusive SVOD rights to all 236 episodes of one of the world’s most iconic and best loved comedy series, Friends. With every episode available in remastered HD, could there be another TV show more perfect for a marathon binge-watch? Friends fans can relive all their favourite moments from the Emmy Award-winning series: every break-up, make-up and “How you doing?” when Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Joey, Monica and Phoebe join Stan in October.

In announcing the deal Nick Forward, Stan’s Content and Product Director, said: “Our partnership with Warner Bros. is the most significant since launch in terms of bringing outstanding, exclusive premiere shows and some of the most popular TV series of all time to Stan.”

“By adding hundreds of hours of new content to Stan’s lineup, the deal further cements our position as the SVOD service with the highest quality and largest library of content in Australia.”

Jeffrey R. Schlesinger, President, Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution, said: “We’re very pleased that customers of Stan will have access to these great new and classic serialised television programs – perfectly suited for watching single episodes or bingeing over time – as well as a slate of audience-favourite blockbuster films.”

Also exclusively premiering on Stan later in the year will be comedy series Selfie, starring Karen Gillan (Dr Who), and relationship comedy A to Z, starring Ben Feldman (Mad Men) and Cristin Milioti (How I Met Your Mother). Hit TV series The Flash, The Last Ship, Hart of Dixie and Forever will also be coming to Stan as SVOD exclusives.

In addition to the outstanding lineup of TV series, the deal includes a selection of box office hits as well as recent catalogue TV series, including all seven seasons of multi-award-winning The West Wing, every episode of the hugely popular The OCSex & The City spin-off The Carrie Diaries, JJ Abram’s Fringe and Rebel Wilson’s Super Fun Night.

Titles will be available to watch instantly, in up to full HD, on multiple platforms including television, tablets, computers and mobile phones.

About Warner Bros. International Television Distribution
Warner Bros. International Television Distribution is one of the world’s largest distributors of feature films, television programs and animation to the international television marketplace (broadcast, pay cable, basic cable, satellite, pay-per-view, subscription video-on-demand, digital platforms, etc.). It licenses some 61,000 hours of programming (including more than 6,500 features and 3,000 television programs, comprised of tens of thousands of individual episodes), dubbed or subtitled in more than 40 languages, to telecasters and cablecasters in more than 175 countries.

About Stan
Stan is a world-class subscription video-on-demand service for Australian consumers. Stan offers unlimited access to thousands of hours of entertainment, with first-run exclusives, award-winning TV shows, classic catalogue, blockbuster movies and an exciting slate of kids content. Stan can be watched in full HD on your TV or favourite device, including tablets and smartphones. Stan is a joint venture between Nine Entertainment Co. and Fairfax Media.

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