Sky has formed a joint production partnership wth HBO, the studio behind Game of Thrones and WestWorld, which guarantees it continued access to the US brand’s drama output.
Pitches are being invited from production companies around the world and the partners say they expect to green-light at least two drama projects per year with the first project coming to screen in 2018.
Commissions will offer audiences “international points of view and casting” and will be broadcast on HBO in the US and on Sky Atlantic in Europe.
Commenting on the deal, Chairman and CEO of HBO, Richard Plepler, said “Sky has been a great partner for us and this deal allows even deeper collaboration between our two great companies, which have a long tradition in creating superior content for our customers.
“Together we represent the best in television and combined we will raise the bar even higher in pay TV programming.”
Jeremy Darroch, Group CEO of Sky added “HBO and Sky have for many years shared a common creative culture and a common vision for the development of high quality drama.
“This new venture deepens that relationship, maintains our leadership position in world-class content, provides great opportunities for indies and gives our customers even more opportunity to enjoy brilliant story telling.”