STAN announces new Paramount content deal as 10's All Access misses out again

Looking For Alaska    image - Hulu

Looking For Alaska
image - Hulu

The Nine owned streaming service Stan has today announced a significant new content deal with Paramount, in a move seen as a considerable blow to 10.

Stan has signed a new multi-year output agreement with Paramount. The production company is an integral part of the Viacom group.

Last week, Viacom agreed to a merger with US broadcaster CBS (owner of 10). The deal will see Viacom's assets which include MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, Paramount and Pluto, join forces with CBS, which also owns Showtime.

Earlier this week, 10 CEO, Paul Anderson attempted to throw shade on Stan, suggesting the new CBS/Viacom merger could see a considerable flow of new content on the networks own streaming service 10 All Access.

In an interview with The Australian, Anderson suggested the merger would have "implications for Stan", and he hinted Showtime content would at some point move from Stan to 10 All Access.

Paramount Television’s Looking For Alaska will be the first series to launch, premiering exclusively on Stan in Australia on October 19. Produced for HULU in the USthe eight-part limited series is based on the book of the same name by John Green and will star Kristine Froseth and Charlie Plummer.

Other projects currently in development from Paramount include Made for Love and Station Eleven for HBO Max, the Sexy Beast prequel series for Paramount Channel Network, plus the Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio murder mystery Devil in the White City and Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles, both for HULU. 

The hugely anticipated The Great, also produced for HULU, will premiere exclusively on Stan in 2020. Starring Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult, the drama series follows Catherine the Great and her rise to power after marrying the Emperor of Russia. Australian writer and Academy® Award nominee Tony McNamara is writer and showrunner. 

The new deal will also see hundreds of Paramount’s feature films and franchises added to the service in the coming month, including the Mission: ImpossibleTransformers, and some Star Trek franchises, in addition to Top Gun, The Godfather Trilogy and more.

Stan currently has existing supply arrangements with US studios including Starz, MGM and CBS Showtime.

Stan is also seen as the front-runner to sign a partnership arrangement with the Walt Disney Company as it prepares to launch its streaming service Disney+ in Australia on November 19.

Announcing the new Paramount deal today the CEO of Stan, Mike Sneesby said; 

“Paramount has built a fantastic slate of premium scripted television series in addition to their iconic box office blockbusters, legendary film franchises and library of classics,”

“We’re thrilled to expand our relationship with Paramount under this new long-term output agreement as part of our ongoing commitment to bring the world’s greatest TV series and movies to Australians.”