Again in March, Showtime’s sequence Halo, based mostly on the vastly common Xbox online game franchise, moved to Paramount+, whereas Paramount+’s The Man Who Fell To Earth, based mostly on the Walter Tevis novel and the cult basic 1976 movie, migrated to Showtime. (It had been ordered to sequence by Par+ predecessor CBS All Entry which was extra adult-focused than the broader, four-quadrant Paramount+).
Halo had been in growth at Showtime for seven years.
“We love Halo, we’ve got nice affection for it. And (as a studio), we’re going to be intimately concerned with the artistic and the manufacturing of it,” Jana Winograde, President of Leisure, Showtime Networks, mentioned throughout TCA. “However the reality is that it was all the time a little bit of an outlier for us when it comes to its match within the Showtime universe. We did an incredible job of imbuing into the sequence the character drama that we’re so well-known for. However on the finish of the day, it’s a massive, broad, big-tent present, so when Paramount+ got here into being, it actually was a pure match there.”
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In the meantime, with The Man Who Fell to Earth, “after we checked out that one, it felt like a greater match with Showtime, and we’re thrilled to have it,” she mentioned.
Whereas Showtime and Paramount+ are each premium shops inside the identical firm, ViacomCBS, whose scripted content material is overseen by the identical government, Showtime CEO David Nevins, there aren’t any plans for future cross-pollination.
“I feel it is a one-time factor, and we did a one-time commerce, ‘You’ll be able to have Halo, we’ll take Man Who Fell to Earth. We’re completely satisfied; they’re completely satisfied. I feel each reveals will thrive of their new environments,” mentioned Gary Levine, President of Leisure, Showtime Networks. “However these are two distinctly completely different providers with two very completely different missions, and I feel we’ll keep true to our model. And we’ve got excessive hopes for Paramount+ to outline itself.”
Added Winograde, “On the finish of the day, we’re going to be growing content material for Showtime — subtle premium curated reveals — and Paramount+ can be growing content material for Paramount+ — big-tent reveals which can be four-quadrant… All intents are to maintain these lanes separate.”