Foxtel signs a multi-year content deal with NBCUniversal

Josh McDonnell
By Josh McDonnell | 7 November 2019
Chris Taylor and Amanda Laing

Foxtel and NBCUniversal Global Distribution & International (NBCU) have completed a new, multi-year agreement covering movies, drama, comedy, entertainment, reality and news for the Foxtel Group’s broadcast, on-demand and streaming platforms.

The agreement includes premiere Australian subscription rights for movies from Universal Pictures and an expanded range of titles from the studio’s library.

Foxtel will continue to "reimagine" its channel offering with NBCU’s channels - Universal TV, E! and business news channel CNBC.

Universal TV will join Foxtel’s new FOX Crime channel in providing a line-up of crime and procedural drama including multiple series in the Law & Order and Chicago franchises.

“This broad, multi-year deal continues to deliver Foxtel subscribers NBCU’s amazing range of top-quality films and series, along with our compelling channel brands. We look forward to an on-going collaboration with Foxtel as we continue our long-standing, successful partnership," NBCU managing director Chris Taylor says.

The new agreement will also see NBCU continue as a major provider of scripted content for Foxtel’s line-up of FOX-branded channels and on-demand platforms.

This includes complete seasons of sitcoms for FOX Funny and FOX Hits including The Office, 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation. The deal also brings Foxtel first run rights to US series Chicago P.D. which will premiere on FOX One on November 15.

“Foxtel and NBCU have a long and shared history of bringing iconic and ground-breaking entertainment to Australian audiences," Foxtel chief commercial officer Amanda Laing says.

“We are incredibly pleased to extend that partnership with this new cornerstone agreement covering movies, scripted content and NBCU channels in a new agreement that reflects Foxtel’s commitment to building strong partnerships with the best content creators in the world."

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