LICENSING AND TRADEMARK AGREEMENT FOR SHOWTIMEâ
ACROSS SOUTH EAST ASIA, TAIWAN AND HONG KONG
HONG KONG and LOS ANGELES – June 1, 2017 – FOX Networks Group Asia and CBS Corporation today announced a content licensing and trademark agreement for SHOWTIME in South East Asia*, Taiwan and Hong Kong. The agreement will bring the SHOWTIME brand to these markets for the first time.
Under the agreement, FOX Networks Group Asia viewers will have access to hundreds of hours of SHOWTIME content, including future series such as the highly anticipated return of Golden Globe® and Peabody Award®-winning TWIN PEAKS, as well as I’M DYING UP HERE, a new drama executive produced by Jim Carrey, and SMILF, a new comedy from Frankie Shaw.
In addition to new shows, FOX viewers will also have on-demand access to the acclaimed current and back catalogues of premium SHOWTIME programming, including RAY DONOVAN, CALIFORNICATION and DEXTER.
“This partnership with CBS Corporation not only cements our position as market-leader in Asia Pacific for scripted series, but it also demonstrates our commitment to providing world-class content and the best of entertainment to our viewers,” said Keertan Adyanthaya, Executive Vice President, Content and Communications, Fox Networks Group Asia. “SHOWTIME is one of TV’s most exciting brands, and we are excited to be able to offer our viewers access to its slate of premium TV including upcoming new dramas and past award-winning scripted series on the platform of their choice, when they want and where they want.”
The agreement closely follows FOX Networks Group Asia’s FOX+ launch. Launched in Philippines and Singapore, the FOX+ app showcases more than 11,000 hours of programming, including the latest TV series shown on the same day as the US and the latest movies shortly after theatrical release. Viewers can watch anytime, anywhere, on any device, in high definition. The partnership with SHOWTIME promises FOX+ users even more entertainment and builds on FOX Networks Group Asia’s position as leading partner for content creators.
Armando Nuñez, president and CEO, CBS Studios International, said: “We are thrilled to partner with FOX to expand the SHOWTIME brand across South East Asia. This agreement further demonstrates the global demand for premium, critically-acclaimed content produced by SHOWTIME.”
For CBS Corporation, this is the first time the SHOWTIME content portfolio and trademark has been licensed to a media company in South East Asia, marking a significant expansion for SHOWTIME programming in this region. Most recently, CBS Corporation announced a similar agreement with Canal+ Group for SHOWTIME in France, along with Sky UK, Germany and Italy, Bell Canada, Stan Australia, Movistar Spain and other output partners around the world.
*South East Asia includes Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines and Thailand.
About Fox Networks Group Asia
FOX Networks Group Asia (FNG) is 21st Century FOX’s international multi-media business. FNG develops, produces and distributes more than 300 wholly- and majority-owned entertainment, sports, factual and movie channels in 45 languages across Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa. FNG’s core channel brands include FOX, FOX Sports, FOX Life, FOX+ and National Geographic. FNG’s movie channels include FOX Movies, FOX Movies Premium and SCM (formerly Star Chinese Movies). Non-linear brands include FOX Play, FOX Play+ and Nat Geo Play. These networks and their related mobile, non-linear and high-definition extensions, reach over 1.8 billion cumulative households worldwide. In addition, FNG owns and operates two production studios and produces thousands of local programming hours for its wholly-owned channels and third parties. In 2017, FNG launched FOX+, the video-streaming service for watching the best in entertainment on-the-go. FNG has been in operation since August 14, 1993.
FOX+ is the only video-streaming service in Asia that combines TV series, movies and live sports, in one place, accessible from any device, at any time and in HD. With a combination of first-run Hollywood blockbusters and hit Chinese series and movies, FOX+ is the ultimate destination for entertainment. More than 11,000 hours of programming across multiple genres are available, comprising of the most popular content from global movie studios and television channels, as well as original FOX programming and FOX+ exclusive content.
About CBS Studios International
CBS Studios International is the leading supplier of programming to the international television marketplace, licensing to more than 200 markets in more than 60 languages across multiple media platforms. The division distributes content from CBS Television Studios, CBS Television Distribution, SHOWTIME Networks, CBS News, CBS Films and a library of more than 70,000 hours of programming. The Studio participates in a number of international channel ventures and also exports a diverse lineup of formats for local production. CBS Studios International has 13 offices around the world, including its base in Los Angeles and EMEA headquarters in Amsterdam. CBS Studios International is a division of CBS Corporation.