Two powerhouse pillars of television, Sky Atlantic and HBO, are about to team up to bring us even more entertainment starting sometime next year.
It’s a partnership that’s sure to produce stunning content for many years to come. HBO and Sky Atlantic recently inked a $250 million co-financing deal, which will produce high-end exclusive TV dramas that are expected to launch sometime in 2018, per Variety.
The deal came down Thursday morning. “This is the next step in the development of our relationship with HBO,” says Jeremy Darroch, Sky’s group chief executive. “This new venture deepens that relationship and 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.”
The goal now is to produce at least two series per year, according to Darroch. Some are actually in the works right now, but we’re expecting to know more as things roll out over the next few weeks.
“Together we represent the best in television,” says HBO’s chariman and CEO Richard Plepler. “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.”
While HBO continues to produce some of the best content on television, Sky Atlantic has already been already helping distribute many HBO shows, like Game of Thrones and Westworld. It also recently had a part in co-producing The Young Pope for both European and American audiences.
Since HBO is usually pretty good at keeping what they’re up to under wraps, it’s only speculation as to what they’ve got in store for us. Darroch also hinted that many independent production companies would have plenty of opportunities to partner up as well.