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Corus bags Star Wars franchise

Scripted-logo-460_2StarWarsCorus Entertainment has secured a multi-year licensing deal for the entire Star Wars franchise.

The deal comes into effect this autumn, when Star Wars movies will begin playing on Corus channels, which include Global, Showcase, W Network and ABC Spark.

Corus nets will get the seven movies already released, including 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and episode nine (which releases in 2019, plus Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and the upcoming standalone Han Solo film.

The Walt Disney Company owns and sells Star Wars, and already works with Corus in Canada operating the Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior networks.

Star Wars is undoubtedly a cultural phenomenon with versatile, imaginative, and character-rich storylines, and a prolific library of titles that continue to captivate audiences around the world,” said Barb Williams, executive VP and COO of Corus.

Earlier in the week, Corus picked up USA Network series The Sinner, plus AXN’s Absentia, which was warmly received at the LA Screenings, and Marvel’s Runaways, which is for Hulu.