STV Player signs Sony Pictures Television content deal


Almost exactly one year after signing a major supply deal with content provider for classic programming, STV Player, has signed another deal with Sony Pictures Television (SPT) which will see seven new international drama series added to its roster.
The slate marks the first content deal of 2022 for the free streaming service run by Scottish broadcaster STV and topping the batch of new titles is the critically acclaimed dystopian thriller The Commons (pictured) starring Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey , Angela Black). The eight-part series – set in Australia in the not-too-distant future as the devastating impact of climate change sets in – follows a neuropsychologist desperate to become a mother at a time when bringing a child into the world is a long way off. more complicated than before.

First streaming on Australian streaming platform Stan, The Commons – described by The Guardian as “eerily plausible and uncomfortably timely” – will make its UK debut on STV Player.

The four period drama series starring Michael Sheen, Masters of Sex, are also coming to the platform as part of the SPT deal. The American series, which earned Sheen a Best Actor Golden Globe nomination, also stars Lizzy Caplan (Inside Job) and Allison Janney (The West Wing), and tells the fascinating true story of sexual research pioneers William H. Masters and Virginia E. Johnson. .

The other five new drama series in the content deal are Necessary Roughness, The Art of More, The Player, Sequestered, and The Mob Doctor. All titles will be available to viewers across the UK, following the launch of STV Player on all major UK platforms in 2020 and the SPT deal following a landmark year for STV Player in 2021, performance of the platform making it the fastest platform in the UK. growing streaming service. 173 new titles were added throughout the year and, for the first time, STV Player was nominated for Best On Demand Service at the Edinburgh TV Festival Awards.

“High-quality international drama is in STV Player’s DNA, so we’re thrilled to add even more critically acclaimed series to the platform as part of this massive new deal with SPT,” commented STV MD of Digital Richard Williams.

“As a relatively new player in the UK streaming industry, it’s essential for us to build strong connections with our growing audience. We achieve this by regularly adding new, high-quality content – such as fantastic titles from the SPT agreement – while always working closely with our platform partners and continually updating our product to improve the user experience.

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