Showtime Networks, Amblin Partners Announce Output Deal

Showtime will distribute Amblin Partners-produced theatrical films as part of an exclusive output agreement, both parties announced Monday.

The deal – which extends the existing relationship between Showtime and Amblin parent DreamWorks Pictures -- will provide Showtime, The Movie Channel and Flix – along with Showtime multiplex channels and streaming services -- with access to Amblin-distributed theatrical films released through December 2021, according to the parties.

Upcoming theatrical releases included under the existing DreamWorks deal and the new deal with Amblin are The Light Between Oceans starring Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender, The Girl on the Train starring Emily Blunt and Ghost in the Shell starring Scarlett Johansson.

The deal will include up to nine films annually produced under the Amblin Partners umbrella, up to six of which will be under the Amblin Entertainment and DreamWorks Pictures labels and up to three of which will be under the Participant Media label, said the network.

“We are delighted to finalize our output deal with Amblin Partners, as we continue to offer DreamWorks Pictures and now Amblin and Participant theatrical films to our subscribers,” said Kent Sevener, senior vice president of content acquisition for Showtime in a statement. “Coupled with our award-winning series, specials, documentaries and sports offerings, as well as our current supply of theatrical titles, these critically-acclaimed films add incredible value to our programming slate."

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