The historic deal was made between WarnerMedia and GKIDS, the distribution company that Studio Ghibli partnered with in 2017 after 20 years of releasing their films in collaboration with Disney. While they may have received a lot of hate for the final season of Game of Thrones, they just hit a home run by acquiring the exclusive streaming right to the full Studio Ghibli catalog.
HBO Max acquired the entire Studio Ghibli catalog with our standouts being Hayao Miyazaki's Howl's Moving Castle and Spirited Away. "Upon launch of the service this spring, existing Ghibli fans will be able enjoy their favorites and delve deeper into the library, while whole new audiences will be able to discover our films for the first time".
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"Studio Ghibli films are visually breathtaking, completely immersive experiences" said Kevin Reilly, chief content officer of HBO Max and president of TNT, TBS, and truTV.
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"Studio Ghibli does not make their films available digitally, whether for download or streaming, anywhere in the world", a GKids representative had told Polygon at the time.
On Thursday, HBO announced that Studio Ghibli's complete feature film library will be available on the HBO Max premium streaming service, which will launch in the spring of 2020.
While the studio is forever synonymous with Oscar victor Miyazaki, the deal will include some of Studio Ghibli's other offerings like recent Academy Award-nominated films The Tale of The Princess Kaguya and When Marnie Was There.
Currently, the films are not even available for purchase on digital platforms. Along with the broadcast favorites mentioned above, the streaming service will also have the HBO library, DC Universe series like Doom Patrol, and original series from J.J.