Perennial children’s favorite “Sesame Street” has found a new SVOD home at WarnerMedia’s upcoming streaming platform HBO Max and the franchise’s digital footprint is about to get a whole lot bigger.
HBO Max has closed an expansive five-year deal with Sesame Workshop which will include a ton of new shows to be produced – specifically five new 35-episode seasons of “Sesame Street” along with four new live-action and animated series (including an Elmo-hosted talk show, a new season of “Esme & Roy,” and “Mecha Builders”), a docuseries, and annual specials.
On top of that, the show’s five-decade library of over 4,500 episodes will also be available for the first time ever. However, It hasn’t been determined exactly how many episodes will be accessible on HBO Max at any given time.
HBO Max will also create a Sesame Street hub for all-things-Sesame on-demand with character-driven short-form collections and a broad collection of Sesame Street episodes from the past 50 years along with the British spinoff “The Furchester Hotel”.
The deal will kick off with the show’s 51st season and will succeed the current five-year pact Sesame Workshop inked with HBO in 2015. Like with the previous agreement, “Sesame Street” will premiere on HBO Max and then continue to air for free on PBS Kids, with newly commissioned HBO Max content also made available to PBS Kids after debuting on HBO Max.
Source: HBO Max