While Disney signaled a paradigm shift last month when it didn’t extend its pay cable output deal with Starz, instead inking a pact with streaming giant Netflix, Universal Pictures is sticking to tradition, renewing its domestic output deal with HBO with a long-term extension. The renewal will keep Universal Pictures’ and Focus Features’ films heading to HBO in the domestic pay TV network window into the next decade, extending the long-standing relationship between Universal Pictures and HBO, which dates back to 2003. The negotiations were led by Frances Manfredi, President, NBCUniversal Cable & New Media Distribution and Doris Casap, SVP, Film Programming, HBO. “With HBO’s far-reaching network of premium services, ranging from the traditional in-home experience to its mobile applications, we are pleased to continue this relationship and bring Universal and Focus Features’ films to HBO subscribers for many years to come,” said Rick Finkelstein, Vice Chairman and COO, Universal Pictures.
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