Bell Media has announced a new long-term exclusive deal with Warner Bros. to bring original content from their upcoming HBO Max service to Canadians.
“As we approach the one-year anniversary of the all-new Crave, we’re more committed than ever to ensure ongoing access to the highest calibre content,” said Randy Lennox, President, Bell Media. “With this new HBO Max agreement, we are expanding our long and successful partnership with HBO and Warner Bros. and demonstrating this commitment to premium content in an era of increasing competition.”
This new deal is an extension of the one already in place, which has Bell Media owns the rights to HBO in Canada via their Crave streaming service.
“Bell Media has been an important partner with its channels and platforms bringing HBO originals to viewers in Canada for many years,” said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, WarnerMedia Entertainment and Direct-to-Consumer. “It is only fitting we are not only extending this relationship but also deepening it to include great new series produced for HBO Max.”
The deal also includes the pay-TV rights for Warner Bros first-fun feature films on Crave and Bell-owned CTV platforms.
Some of the HBO Max original series that have been announced and coming to Crave and CTV include:
- The Gossip Girl sequel series, which follows a new generation of New York private school teens, it’s executive produced by the original creative team
- The Flight Attendant, a dark comedy thriller starring and executive produced by Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory)
- Dune: The Sisterhood, a TV series by Canadian director Denis Villeneuve, based on the novels by Frank Herbert
- College Girls (working title), a new comedy series by writer/producer Mindy Kaling about three young women and their romantic lives while attending East Coast University
- Green Lantern, a series based on the DC hero by Greg Berlanti (Riverdale, The Flash, Supergirl)
- Strange Adventures, an anthology series that explores the world of DC Comics
- DMZ, a DC comics drama from Westworld’s Roberto Patino and Ava DuVernay
- Tooned Out, a live-action/animated comedy hybrid from Jared Stern (The LEGO Batman Movie) and Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Back to the Future series)
- DC Super Hero High, a multi-cam comedy by executive producer Elizabeth Banks
“Bell Media has been a long-term and strategic partner for both Warner Bros. and HBO,” said Jeffrey Schlesinger, President, Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution. “It is only logical for us to expand the relationship by adding the upcoming original programming from HBO Max as well as extend the successful relationship covering our feature films, network series, and cable programming. All of this together makes Bell Media a great Canadian home for all of these assets from WarnerMedia.”
Here’s of a complete list of all the content coming to HBO Max.
More details about HBO Max content coming to Canada will be announced in the coming months. But if you’re in the US, HBO Max is set to launch in May 2020 for $14.99 USD per month.
Source: Bell Media