Sky Favorite to get UK rights to HBO Max Special – Deadline
EXCLUSIVE: Sky is in pole position to secure UK rights to long-awaited HBO Max Friends meeting, sources told Deadline.
A deal is yet to be struck and another broadcaster could still make a knockout bid, but people familiar with the matter have said that Comcast-owned Sky is the most likely destination for the special, which is titled Friends: Reunion.
Sky has a close relationship with WarnerMedia following a long-standing production deal with the US media giant, which was extended for five years in 2019. The deal gives Sky exclusive rights to the HBO originals , but not those ordered by HBO Max, which is why it has to enter into a separate agreement to carry the Friends meeting. Other HBO Max originals have been picked up elsewhere, such as the BBC for Anna Kendrick’s. Love life.
The meeting is likely to be popular in the UK, where Friends enjoys an iconic status. The New York comedy continues to feature daily on ViacomCBS’s UK channels Comedy Central and Channel 5, while Netflix is ââstreaming the entire back catalog.
Friends: Reunion was filmed last month by Fulwell 73 Productions and will premiere on HBO Max on May 27. It reunites Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer at the show’s original Burbank studio for an unscripted special.
Celebrity guests will include James Corden, Reese Witherspoon, Lady Gaga and Kit Harington. Ben Winston of Fulwell 73 led the special and executive produced alongside Friends executive producers Kevin Bright, Marta Kauffman and David Crane.
WarnerMedia declined to comment and declined to reveal who distributes Friends: Reunion. Sky did not respond to a request for comment.