By Evan DeSimone
Curated cinema VOD service MUBI has announced a multi-year UK licensing deal with Paramount Pictures marking its second such agreement with a major American studio in recent months.
The deal with give MUBI, which has specialized in curated classic and foreign cinema, access to Paramount’s extensive library of blockbuster and classic films including hits like No Country for Old Men,” “Mission: Impossible,” “Zoolander,” “Roman Holiday” and “Revolutionary Road.” MUBI recently inked a similar deal with Sony Pictures Television. Together the two agreements will dramatically increase MUBI’s access to premium film content.
MUBI founder Efe Cakarel touted the deal as an important step in the company’s continuing growth. “Following a really successful summer, this new deal continues to show tremendous momentum in our growth and unique ability to offer curated and compelling films.” Beyond widening its library of films MUBI has also been growing beyond its curated streaming origins. The company recently acquired the rights to Cannes festival darling “Arabian Nights” for which it will handle theatrical as well as digital distribution in partnership with New Wave Films. MUBI has also signed on as part of EE TV the recently launched OTT platform, dramatically expanding its availability to viewers in the UK.