Summit Switching From Showtime To HBO

HBOWell, well, well. Looks like another giant behemoth of a corporation has partnered with another giant corporation to bring you manufactured entertainment for your consumption! Yay optimism!

Anyway, Summit Entertainment has partnered with HBO for the premium pay channel to air their theatrical releases from 2013 to 2017. Unfortunately, that means no Twilight but it does mean Ender’s Game! So yay? Well, at least as long as you have HBO, then yes indeed yay! But in all honesty, does anyone still subscribe to HBO for the movies? Is that still a draw for people? The only reason I would even consider paying for HBO would be for its original content. Movies? Please, I can catch those on DVD in two weeks or just Netflix them. Or be a pirate. Yar, that’s the spirit.

Read on below for the official press release:

Los Angeles, CA May 26, 2011 — Summit Entertainment and HBO have entered into an exclusive output agreement through which the leading pay television network will release the studio’s slate of films that arrive in theaters beginning in January 2013 through the end of 2017. The agreement makes Summit the only minimajor to maintain an exclusive output arrangement with HBO. The announcement was made today by Bruce Grivetti, President, Film Programming of HBO, and Rob Friedman, Co-Chairman and CEO of Summit Entertainment.

“We are extremely happy to have Summit Entertainment as our newest partner,” said Grivetti. “HBO is committed to delivering the best filmed entertainment to our subscribers and we believe Summit, an innovative and exciting producer, will play a vital role in the fulfillment of this promise.”

“We are proud to be in business with HBO and have our films programmed alongside many of the industry’s leading studios,” said Friedman. “HBO continues to consistently produce quality original programming mixed with exciting sports and feature film programming and we look forward to a very productive relationship.”

Summit Entertainment films expected to appear on HBO include the studio’s re-imagination of the popular epic adventure HIGHLANDER, ENDER’S GAME based on the award-winning novel written by Orson Scott Card; and epic 3D production POMPEII.

Summit Entertainment’s President of Domestic Television Distribution Alex Fragen and HBO’s Senior Vice President of Film Programming Doris Casap represented the studio and network in negotiations.

Source: Deadline