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Starz signs content deal with Universal

July 16, 2021

Starz has signed a multi-year, theatrical output deal with Universal Filmed Entertainment Group (UFEG). Beginning with the 2022 theatrical slate, Universal’s live-action films in the US will become available exclusively across all US Starzplatforms in the Post Pay-One window immediately following their previously announced Pay-One windows.

Under the multi-year agreement, Starz subscribers will have access to the newest installment in the blockbuster Jurassic World franchise, Jurassic World: Dominion; The 355 and Ambulance  along with Focus Features and Blumhouse movies and a selection from UFEG’s library of movies.

“This agreement with UFEG allows Starz to continue deepening our premium content offering for our subscribers with Universal’s award-winning and critically-acclaimed film slate that complements our existing extensive film library and original programming,” said Jeffrey Hirsch, President and CEO of Starz. “This windowing strategy builds value to our subscribers and partners while expanding our deep roster of premium movies for fans of all genres.”

“We’re thrilled to partner with Starz as they continue to build a comprehensive film offering with content that appeals to its broad consumer base with compelling new releases and iconic library titles,” said Peter Levinsohn, Vice Chairman and Chief Distribution Officer, UFEG.  “This agreement reflects UFEG’s commitment to flexibility in building value through our distribution capabilities and constantly refreshing our content across multiple platform partners.”

Starz announced earlier this year a multi-year exclusive first window output deal for all theatrically released Lionsgate and Summit label films when current agreements expire at the end of 2021 and end of 2022, respectively.

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