Australian streamer Stan and Lionsgate have a new licensing agreement that will bring a robust slate of upcoming Starz original series and hundreds of hours of additional Lionsgate and Starz premium programming to the service.
With the move, Stan becomes the Australian home of Starz Originals.
The agreement marks the latest step in the continued rollout of the Starz brand internationally. It has already partnered with Bell Media in Canada and Amazon Prime Video in the UK & Germany.
The deal commences with new Starz series Sweetbitter and Vida and original docu-series Wrong Man. Popular series such as Swedish Dicks (pictured) will also appear.
The agreement will feature Starz original series such as the supernatural spy thriller The Rook, coproduced by Lionsgate and Liberty Global, The Continental, the TV spinoff of the hit Lionsgate John Wick franchise, and the miniseries The Spanish Princess, following in the footsteps of award-winning Starz original miniseries The White Queen and original limited series The White Princess, both currently streaming on Stan.
Mike Sneesby, Stan’s CEO said: “Starz and Lionsgate have been fantastic partners for Stan ever since launch, bringing us some of our biggest hits, including Ash vs Evil Dead, The Girlfriend Experience, and of course the record breaking Power, shortly to debut its fifth season.
“This new long-term deal takes that relationship to another level, cementing Stan as the Australian home of Starz original series, and exclusively bringing Stan customers some of the biggest and most exciting new shows from one of the biggest names in premium TV for many years to come.”
Lionsgate president of worldwide television & digital distribution, Jim Packer, said: “We’re thrilled to expand our longstanding partnership with our friends at Stan and excited to take our relationship to the next level.
“Our new licensing agreement spans not only a great slate of Starz original series but a deep roster of Lionsgate and Starz premium programming that will resonate with their audiences for years to come.”