Sesame Workshop announced today that it has struck a deal with HBO to bring the next five seasons of its iconic children’s educational show “Sesame Street” to the cable network and its multi-platform collection of other outlets, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and the new SVOD service HBO NOW.
The deal will enable “Sesame Street” to produce almost twice as much new content as in previous seasons. Also, for the first time ever, non-profit Sesame Workshop will be able to provide “Sesaame Street” to PBS and its member stations free-of-charge after their nine-month exclusive window on HBO.
In the past, HBO has also licensed over 150 library episodes of “Sesame Street.” As part of the new deal, Sesame Workshop will produce a “Sesame Street” Muppet spin-off series for HBO, as well as develop a new original educational series for children. The new episodes will begin airing as early as late fall 2015.
As the exclusive, first-run subscription television distribution partner for “Sesame Street” and the new spin-off series, HBO will have the right to air them in both English and Spanish. All new series will also be made available to PBS and its member stations after HBO’s first window, and episodes of “Sesame Street” will continue to be made available as part of the PBS KIDS service on PBS member stations.
In addition to “Sesame Street,” HBO will also license approximately 50 past episodes of the two Sesame Workshop children’s shows, “Pinky Dinky Doo,” an animated series for preschoolers that focuses on early literacy, and “The Electric Company,” which original ran from 1971 to 1977 and was rebooted in 2009.