Quebecor Content today announced a long-term multiplatform agreement with Sony Pictures Television Canada, one of the world’s largest content producers and distributors. The partnership will enable Club illico to offer a selection of Sony Picture Television’s French content on its SVOD platform. In addition, TVA Group’s channels will broadcast, on an exclusive basis, the French-language versions of some of Sony’s best series and most popular movies on free tv and basic cable.
Many exclusive titles
The successful series La liste noire (The Blacklist), starring James Spader, is the first of many that will be offered on Quebecor’s platforms. La liste noire, drew an impressive 24% market share on TVA and ranked #1 on Club illico after only one month!
Under the agreement, French versions of the popular films White House Down, The Smurfs 2, Grown Ups 2, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 and The Equalizer, and of series such as The Night Shift (Nuits Blanches À L’Urgence), will be made available on Club illico in the coming months.
“We are very pleased to conclude an agreement with Québec’s largest media group, and we look forward to working with the Quebecor team to help promote and support our series on air in French Canada” said Kevin Byles, Senior Vice President of Sony Pictures Television Canada.
“This agreement shows Sony’s appreciation of our strength as a multiplatform broadcaster”. It will enable us to offer rich and diverse content that our viewers will appreciate”, commented Yann Paquet, Vice President Acquisitions, Quebecor Content.
“After barely more than 2 years in existence, Club illico is on a par with the best in the industry,” said Myrianne Collin, Senior Vice President, Strategy & Market Development of Videotron. “With its current programming and the agreement we have signed, our subscription video on demand platform stands out in terms of the number of titles it carries, their relevance and, most of all, their quality.”
With this partnership, Club illico will be able to continue expanding its vast catalogue of more than 4,000 titles from the major international studios and offering its subscribers a diverse selection of high-quality content.
The agreement with Sony Pictures Television is consistent with Quebecor Content’s strategy of acquiring the best content produced in the world and making it available to Club illico and TVA Group.
About Sony Pictures Television
Sony Pictures Television (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.
About Quebecor Content
Quebecor Content, a wholly owned business unit of Quebecor Media Inc., creates, develops, acquires, distributes and exports distinctive, high-quality audio-visual content, providing consumers with a multi-platform experience via Videotron and TVA Group services and promoting Quebec artists at home and abroad.
About TVA Group
TVA Group, a subsidiary of Quebecor Media, is an integrated communications company engaged in the creation, production and distribution of audio-visual products, and in magazine publishing. TVA Group is the largest broadcaster of French-language entertainment, information and public affairs programming and publisher of French-language magazines in North America, and one of the largest private-sector producers of French-language content in North America. Its Class B shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol TVA.B.
About Club illico
Club illico, launched in spring 2013, offers the largest selection of French-language content of any subscription video-on-demand service in Québec for only $9.99 per month. It is available on illico TV new generation (channel 900), on the Web (illico.tv) and on iPad and Android tablets (through the illico app). Club illico provides unlimited access to an impressive catalogue of movies, first-run television series, children’s programs, documentaries and concerts from the largest Québec and foreign studios, updated weekly. All Québec and Ontario residents can subscribe, whether or not they are Videotron customers, by calling Videotron Customer Service at 1 888 433-6876. Videotron customers can also subscribe at illico.tv/club or channel 900 on their illico TV new generation set-top box.