HBO and Sky are joining forces in a $250m production partnership to create a new high-end drama series.
The two TV giants have already begun developing their first projects as partners, and will be making an announcement about the shows “in weeks”.
The partnership aims to reach a consistent output, with two a year planned, and the first programme on screen by 2018.
They will focus on “high end productions that feature engaging stories with international points of view and casting”.
The pay-for broadcasters, who are responsible for a number of critically acclaimed programmes between them including Game of Thrones, aim to offer viewers ‘exclusive’ access to some of the world’s very best drama.
Chairman and CEO of HBO, Richard Plepler said "Sky has been a great partner for us and this deal allows even deeper collaboration between our two great companies, which have a long tradition in creating superior content for our customers. Together we represent the best in television and combined we will raise the bar even higher in pay TV programming."
Jeremy Darroch, Group CEO of Sky added "HBO and Sky have for many years shared a common creative culture and a common vision for the development of high quality drama. This new venture deepens that relationship, maintains our leadership position in world-class content, provides great opportunities for indies and gives our customers even more opportunity to enjoy brilliant story telling."
The partnership will be open to pitches from across the creative community, in both the US and Europe, and is looking for ideas consistent with the content strategies of HBO in North America and the Sky Atlantic brand in Europe.