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Sky and HBO to produce new original drama

Broadwalk empireBSkyB (Sky) and HBO are to co-develop and produce new, original drama as part of an expanded partnership between the two companies.

The collaboration means Sky Atlantic will remain the exclusive home of first-run HBO programmes in Britain and Ireland until at least 2020.

Sky and HBO will also work together to fund, develop and produce new drama series to be broadcast in the UK, Ireland and the US. At the moment they have announced their focus lies on projects which have the potential to run for multiple seasons.

The co-production agreement is an extension of their existing agreement which was signed in 2010.

As part of the output deal, new HBO programmes – including True Detective and Looking – will continue to premiere exclusively on Sky Atlantic along with the return of hit series such as Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire. This also includes multiplatform rights for online and on mobile.

Jeremy Darroch, Sky’s chief executive, said: “Original production is the natural next step for our partnership with HBO and we are enormously excited at the prospect of working together to realise our shared vision for epic drama of a truly spectacular scale.”

The new agreement with HBO complements Sky’s existing commitment to invest £600m a year in original British content across its channels by 2014. As part of this investment, Sky has committed to more than 100 hours of original drama this year.



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