Stan teams up with Paramount Pictures to bring classic films like Top Gun and The Godfather to the platform

The Godfather. Image: YouTube Screenshot
  • Stan has signed an agreement with Paramount Pictures to showcase exclusive and classic Paramount content on its platform.
  • Under the deal, the new series’ Looking for Alaska and The Great will be available exclusively on Stan.
  • Other Paramount titles coming to Stan include classics such as The Godfather trilogy and Top Gun.

Stan has announced a new multi-year agreement with Hollywood’s Paramount Pictures that will give Stan exclusive rights to a range of studio’s new television series. The deal will also see several classic films added to the platform.

The first series to launch under the new Paramount TV licensing and distribution deal is Looking For Alaska, based on the book by John Green (author of tearjerker The Fault in Our Stars). It will premiere exclusively on Stan on October 19.

Another series that will premiere exclusively on Stan is The Great, starring Elle Fanning – from Disney’s Maleficent – and Nicholas Hoult, which will come to screens in 2020. The drama series follows Catherine the Great and her rise to power after marrying the Emperor of Russia.

The new deal will also see “hundreds” of Paramount’s biggest films added to Stan’s catalogue, including the Mission: Impossible, Transformers, and Star Trek franchises, as well as Top Gun and The Godfather trilogy.

“We’re thrilled to expand our relationship with Paramount under this new long-term output agreement as part of our ongoing commitment to bring the world’s greatest TV series and movies to Australians,” Stan CEO Mike Sneesby said in a statement.

Jonathan Greenberg, SVP regional sales Asia-Pacific for Paramount Pictures Television Licensing & Distribution said, “We are extremely pleased to continue working with Stan with this long term deal to bring some of Paramount Television’s most anticipated new shows exclusively to the service’s discriminating subscribers.

“These programs, along with films from Paramount’s world-renowned library, further enhance Stan’s impressive lineup of premium entertainment.”

Paramount Television has a slew of projects under development, including Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles and the Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio murder mystery Devil in the White City.

The new multi-year agreement adds to Stan’s list of long term deals with television networks such as Showtime (think Billions), Starz (think Power) and MGM.

It comes after Disney announced its new streaming platform Disney+ will launch in Australia on November 19. In 2018 Disney signed a deal to provide its content on Stan, the Sydney Morning Herald reported – having removed its content from Netflix earlier in 2018.

It looks like a battle of the streaming platforms in Australia is heating up.

Clarification: This article has been updated to make clear that the exclusivity agreement relates to specific television series. Paramount films such as The Godfather and Top Gun will not be exclusive to Stan.

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