Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Paramount Plus Rolls Out The Blue Carpet for Star-Studded UK Launch Event in London


Hosted by Graham Norton, some of the biggest stars from Paramount+ landed in London to preview their shows live on stage, including Kevin Costner, Viola Davis, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Naomie Harris, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Bill Nighy, David Oyelowo, Michelle Pfeiffer, Michael Shannon, Sylvester Stallone, and many more


LONDON — June 20, 2022:  Paramount Global (NASDAQ: PARA, PARAA) rolled out the Blue Carpet and hosted a dazzling star-studded event set at Outernet London, a new immersive culture, music and media district on iconic Denmark Street, to celebrate the debut of Paramount+ in the UK and Ireland on June 22.  The premium SVOD service will offer more than 8,000 hours of content for the entire family, including blockbuster movies and TV series, new originals, and iconic shows.

“From over 100 years of storytelling experience with our Hollywood studio and production hubs worldwide, we know how to make great, global content. Paramount+ is a mountain of entertainment for the entire family,’ stated Tom Ryan, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Streaming, Paramount, during the event’s presentation.


Ryan added: ‘We’re the only service where you’ll see Sylvester Stallone, SpongeBob SquarePants, Star Trek, and South Park all in one place, and all of this makes Paramount+ what a streaming service is meant to be.”

Maria Kyriacou, President of Australia, Canada, Israel, and the UK, Paramount, stated during the event: “Launching Paramount+ in the UK is not just about bringing the best of the world to Britain, it’s about getting even more of the best of Britain to the world.”

Kyriacou continued, “The phenomenal power of British creativity with our storytelling tradition and talent on and off the screen will be the foundation for building an incredible slate of UK originals for Paramount+. Even before we launch, we have already commissioned 20 shows, with many more planned in the coming years. This is a moment to celebrate the incredible creative firepower of our producers, our creatives, our writers, and - of course - our on-screen talent.”


Hosted by Graham Norton, the event featured world-renowned talent from Kevin Costner, Viola Davis, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Naomie Harris, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Bill Nighy, David Oyelowo, Michelle Pfeiffer, Michael Shannon, Sylvester Stallone, and many more.

Paramount+ launches in the UK and Ireland on June 22, after successfully landing in South Korea on June 16 and will continue its expansion to Italy in September, and to Germany, Switzerland, Austria (GSA) and France in December, with 45 markets expected to launch by the end of the year.

In addition to this announcement, Paramount+ unveiled slates for its premium international originals as well as casting details and the start of productions in partnership with MTV Entertainment Studios. 


International Originals from Around the World

Paramount+ announced its continued investment in diverse content with a slate of international original series, a step towards its plan to commission 150 international originals by 2025.

The originals will be produced by VIS, a division of Paramount’s vast worldwide studio footprint that spans more than 20 countries, in partnership with a range of leading production companies from around the world. The slate includes:

  • MURDER OF GOD’S BANKER (International)
  • A THIN LINE (Germany)
  • CIRCEO (Italy)
  • ONE MUST DIE (Mexico)

MTV Entertainment Studios

Paramount+ made several announcements in partnership with the acclaimed MTV Entertainment Studios.


The streamer announced that two-time Emmy®-winning actress Dana Delany (“Body of Proof”) will join previously announced series lead and Academy Award® nominee Sylvester Stallone in the new original series TULSA KING. Creator and Academy Award nominee Taylor Sheridan serves as executive producer alongside Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award winner Terence Winter (“The Sopranos,” “The Wolf of Wall Street”), who will also be at the helm as showrunner and writer. Produced by MTV Entertainment Studios and 101 Studios, TULSA KING will premiere on Paramount+ with two episodes on Sunday, November 13 on Paramount+ in the US. The series will roll out internationally to Canada on November 13, followed by Australia and the UK on November 14, and later this year Latin America and other international markets.

TULSA KING is executive produced by Sheridan, Winter, Stallone, David C. Glasser, Ron Burkle, Bob Yari, David Hutkin, Allen Coulter and Braden Aftergood.

TULSA KING is the latest addition to Sheridan’s growing slate on Paramount+ which includes 1883, MAYOR OF KINGSTOWN and the upcoming series LIONESS, 1883: THE BASS REEVES STORY, LAND MAN and 1923


Taylor Sheridan’s highly anticipated next installment of the “Yellowstone” origin story to account for the end of World War 1 (1918) and the start of Prohibition (1920) both of which will be woven into the story has gotten a new name - 1923 (formerly 1932).

Produced by MTV Entertainment Studios, 101 Studios and Bosque Ranch Productions, the series stars Academy Award winner Helen Mirren and Academy Award nominee Harrison Ford.


Paramount+ also announced production will begin next week in Atlanta, Georgia for its upcoming original series WOLF PACK, premiering later this year and internationally where the service is available.

The series will be written, and executive produced by Jeff Davis as part of his multi-year deal with MTV Entertainment Studios. Davis is also writing and producing the upcoming Paramount+ original film, TEEN WOLF THE MOVIE


Global singer and superstar Mel B is set to join the star-studded panel of judges for Season 2 of its hit global singing competition, QUEEN OF THE UNIVERSE, joining an esteemed lineup of returning judges including platinum-selling recording artist, three-time Emmy®-winning producer and judge of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” Michelle Visage; Multi-Emmy and GRAMMY® nominee Vanessa Williams; and American drag superstar Trixie Mattel.  Five-time BAFTA TV Award-winner Graham Norton will also return as Host.

Paramount+ Launches in the UK on June 22

Paramount+ will launch in the UK and Ireland with a broad content slate for the whole family, spanning new and exclusive Paramount+ originals, hit shows and popular movies across every genre from Paramount’s world-renowned brands and production studios, including SHOWTIME®, Paramount Pictures, Comedy Central, MTV and Nickelodeon.

In the UK, Paramount+ will be available online at, on mobile and a wide range of connected TV devices via distribution through Apple, Amazon, Google, Roku® and Samsung, and more. Users will be able to sign up to the service for £6.99 per month/£69.90 per annum in the UK and €7.99 monthly or €79.90 annually in Ireland after a free seven-day trial.

Paramount+ will also launch on Sky platforms in the UK and Ireland as part of a new multi-year distribution agreement that also includes the extended carriage of Paramount’s leading portfolio of pay TV channels. Sky Cinema subscribers will get Paramount+ included at no extra cost through a standalone app on Sky Glass and Sky Q.

About Paramount+ 

Paramount+ is a global digital subscription video streaming service from Paramount that features a mountain of premium entertainment for audiences of all ages. Internationally, the streaming service features an expansive library of original series, hit shows and popular movies across every genre from world-renowned brands and production studios, including SHOWTIME®, BET, CBS, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures and the Smithsonian Channel™, in addition to a robust offering of premier local content. The service is currently live in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Nordics, Australia and South Korea.  

For more information about Paramount+, please visit and follow @ParamountPlus on social platforms.


Paramount+ UK Launch Event
Talent Quotes/Excerpts
June 20, 2022


Sylvester Stallone

  • What we have here is a great story about a guy getting an new chance in life, a fresh start - it’s not over ‘til it’s over – something everyone can relate to.
  • No matter how much money you have, you want to be loved and have something to love. You may not attain it but you keep trying.
  • Through all the episodes, they’re funny they’re serious - there’s true passion.


Kevin Costner

  • Cinematic storytelling is what Paramount does. Now, Paramount is taking that incredible movie legacy and bringing the same approach to television – pushing TV and streaming to where they’ve never gone before with Yellowstone leading the way.
  • Taylor Sheridan has created a truly gripping story – a story about family, power, deception and redemption. No one could have predicted that Yellowstone would break records in the United States with 20 million viewers globally…making it not only the #1 show in America, but the Netherlands and Canada as well.


David Oyelowo

  • It’s a role I’ve been obsessed with playing for several years now. I mean, this is the guy the iconic Lone Ranger was based on – and who, unfortunately, got whitewashed out of history.


Sonequa Martin-Green

  • Being a part of the Star Trek universe is a journey like no other. It is truly an honor to play Captain Michael Burnham of the USS Discovery. Not only because she’s the first Black woman to captain a starship – but because I get to be a part of an extraordinary decades-long history with the most passionate fans in the world.

Kate Malgrew

  • In Star Trek Voyager, I had the pleasure of playing Captain Kathryn Janeway – the first female Star Trek captain. And it’s been so much fun being the voice of Captain Janeway on the animated series, Star Trek Prodigy. There’s nothing more joyful than inspiring children to imagine what’s possible throughout and beyond the stars. 
  • In fact, Paramount+ is bringing the entire Star Trek universe to life: with movies and franchises that cross back and forth – from series, to films, to animation. We truly have something for everyone.


Melanie Lynskey

  • The story is so clever and compelling – and does such a beautiful job of exploring the inner worlds of teenage girls, who don’t fit into stereotypes or neat boxes.
Tawny Cypress

  • The show is a psychological thriller, but it’s also a coming of age story about the ways we’re shaped by our past. And what makes Yellowjackets such a pleasure for an actor is that it is unafraid to present women as complicated, layered, and imperfect – in other words, real women.


Jessica Chastain

  • Our new series George & Tammy tells the beautiful story of two lost souls who find each other through music. I had the privilege of playing the great Tammy Wynette – a true pioneer of country music.
  • Her talent was as big as her heart, and she profoundly influenced generations of musicians, especially women. But behind that music was a story about love, heartbreak, and redemption. And we did our best to tell it in a way that is unvarnished and true.

Michael Shannon

  • In the series, we uncovered a complex, moving, very human story about life and love.
  • And what makes this series remarkable is the power of George & Tammy’s music – the way it shaped these two extraordinary artists, and the way it helps convey this story’s dramatic weight beyond words.
The Man Who Fell to Earth

Chiwetel Ejiofor

  • We’re all so proud of this show and so excited to share it with you today.
Naomie Harris

  • Our show is really about the idea that true connection is universal, and the very key to our survival.
Bill Nighy

  • I have the honor of picking up where the great David Bowie left off, playing the alien Thomas Jerome Newton.
  • Of course, 25 years later, he’s a bit older and worse for wear, which is why I got the part.
  • And while this is a story of imagination, the themes we explore are ones we all grapple with every day. 
  • The writing is truly exceptional and the cinematic quality of this series is so beautiful, you won’t be able to take your eyes off the screen.


Tim McGraw

  • What drew me to 1883 was that this was such a unique moment in world history as industrialization was transforming the way people lived. And the canvas Taylor created is an expansive, authentic look at a rapidly changing society.
  • He didn’t use a single pixel of CGI. Our 400-person cast and crew traversed the United States for 7 months. We filmed from coast to coast, going from 100 degree heat out in the open plains, to below freezing temperatures in the mountains. 
  • What you see is not special effects – the horses, the river crossings, the fights, it’s all real, designed to take you into the heart of the American west. And the challenge is what excited me – because I knew that if we could get it right, we’d be creating something totally new.

Faith Hill

  • Filming this series has been unlike anything Tim and I have ever done. And it’s been worth every second – because we’re creating something that audiences have connected with so deeply. 
  • 1883 has become such a blockbuster hit because, at its heart, it’s a story about universal themes that speak to who we are as humans – seeking new worlds, pushing the boundaries of what’s possible, and, at its core, protecting the enduring bonds of family. They touch on ideas that all of us – no matter where we’re from – can connect to.
  • It was such a success that Taylor wanted to go deeper into this world, with a story about
  • a legendary lawman – but with a twist.


Matthew Goode

  • In our limited series The Offer, we go behind-the-scenes to explore the making of The Godfather. When I read the script, I just knew I had to be part of telling his remarkable story.


Miranda Cosgrove

  • I play a teenager who has to balance high school and being an international star – she was the original influencer.
  • I love working with Paramount+ on our show – because we have the broadest diversity of content of any streaming service, including an incredible library of Kids and Family content.

Teen Wolf

Tyler Hoechlin

  • When we joined this series as young actors over ten years ago, I never imagined that today, Teen Wolf would continue to be beloved around the world. Not a week passes that I don’t hear from fans asking when we’re going to resurrect the franchise.
  • What’s so appealing about Teen Wolf, particularly for young people, is that werewolves have secret identities. And there’s something captivating about that idea – because it’s what every young person, no matter where they live, struggles with as they come to terms with who they are.
Tyler Posey

  • So we’re incredibly excited about partnering again with Jeff Davis on our new Teen Wolf movie on Paramount+. The story takes us back to Beacon Hills with the wolves howling again. And get ready for Jeff Davis’ new series that will premiere at the same time as the movie, Wolf Pack. You can catch up on the franchise with the entire 100-episode library of Teen Wolf on Paramount+.

Pablo Schreiber

  • Halo is a franchise that has touched generations – and being a part of its legacy is a dream come true.  Bringing this series to life has been more than just fun, more than a labor of love. It’s a responsibility to do right by the diehard fans of Halo – and to people who just love great television.
Natascha McElhone

  • What makes my character so compelling is that she’s constantly challenging and upending the status quo. It’s been rewarding to play such a complex woman who manages to subvert expectations and constantly surprise us.
  • Hopefully with these rich characters the show brings to life, we’re able to explore deeper questions about humanity – about what other forms of intelligence we create and adapt to and whether we improve or degrade because of it.


Gillian Anderson

  • THE FIRST LADY is a female-driven story about three distinct eras of American history.

Originally published: June 21, 2022 at 01:16 BST.

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