Sony and OCS strike major multi-year deal in France
OCS picks up exclusive premiere rights for Powers, Transparent and box office hits
Sony Pictures Television (SPT) and OCS have agreed a major multi-year volume deal giving the French pay TV operator exclusive access to a wide range of box office hits and award-winning TV series.
Subscribers to OCS, which is majority owned by Orange, will have access to exclusive first-run rights to all of SPT’s new feature films including Elysium, White House Down, Captain Phillips and Equalizer, as well as upcoming film Chappie and, in 2016, Robert Zememkis’ highly anticipated film The Walk. The deal also covers double Golden Globe-winning comedy series Transparent and hit comedy-drama series Mozart in the Jungle.
In addition, OCS has picked up the exclusive premiere rights to the SPT-produced superpower crime drama Powers. The innovative comic book adaptation, which is the first PlayStation®Originals series, will be available in France on March 10th 2015 – the global release date of the hotly anticipated 10-part series.
Mike Wald, Executive Vice President, International Distribution for Sony Pictures Television said: “This new partnership with OCS secures significant distribution of our world class film and TV content in one of our most important markets. We hope to expand this partnership to even greater levels in the near future.”
Serge Laroye, President of OCS and Executive Vice President, Content Direction at Orange, said: “This agreement with Sony Pictures Television adds significantly and qualitatively to the content for our 100% cinema and TV series offer and confirms our position as a premium service – it is exactly the kind of content our subscribers love. The partnership is also a reflection of both parties’ continued commitment to cinema.”
Since its launch in 2008, OCS has consistently backed the film industry from production through to distribution. Notably, in 2013, OCS boosted its engagement with French and European cinema with a commitment to invest 179 million Euros over 5 years.
About Sony Pictures Television
Sony Pictures Television (http://www.sonypicturestelevision.com), a Sony Pictures Entertainment company, is one of the television industry’s leading content providers, producing and distributing programming worldwide in every genre and for every platform. In addition to one of the industry’s largest libraries of award-winning feature films, television shows and formats, Sony Pictures Television (SPT) boasts a current program slate that includes top-rated daytime dramas and game shows, landmark off-network series, original animated series and critically acclaimed primetime dramas, comedies and telefilms. In addition to its US production business, SPT has 19 wholly-owned or joint venture production companies in 13 countries and also maintains offices in 31 countries. SPT’s worldwide television networks portfolio includes 148 channel feeds available in 178 countries, reaching more than 1.2 billion cumulative households worldwide. SPT also creates original content for and manages the studio’s premium video website, Crackle. Additionally, SPT owns US production company Embassy Row and is a part owner of cable channel Game Show Network (GSN) and national U.S media sales company ITN Networks, Inc. SPT advertiser sales is one of the premier national advertising sales companies and handles the commercial inventory in SPT’s syndicated series as well as the Rural Media Group and DoctorOz.com.
Created in 2008, OCS is a package of themed channels dedicated to movies and series: OCS max, the showtime spectaculars channel, OCS city generation HBO, the channel for series fans, OCS choc, the 100% adventure channel, OCS géants, the movie legends channel and OCS Go, the catch-up service. OCS offers viewers the chance to watch all its programmes live or on-demand and on the screen of their choice: TV, PC, smartphone, tablets and Xbox connected via WiFi at home.
OCS is currently available on Orange TV, Canalsat, SFR, Numericable, Bouygues Telecom, Freebox, Fransat, Parabole Nui Satellite, My.T, GOtv et Zeop. Rates and conditions according to the distributor.
For more information, visit www.ocs.fr