Yahoo! Snags Exclusive Rights to 'Saturday Night Live' Archives
Yahoo! has snagged exclusive rights to keep 38 years worth of clips from "Saturday Night Live". Through a deal with Broadway Video, the company founded by "SNL" creator Lorne Michaels, the online portal will become an online home of skits and musical performances from the beginning of the show in 1975 through the current season.
"Saturday Night Live is legendary for launching new talent, providing witty commentary on current events and delighting fans the world over," Yahoo! president and CEO Marissa Mayer says in a statement. "We are thrilled to give Yahoo! users the most comprehensive collection of SNL content available on the Web and make Yahoo! the home for current season clips, as well as the entire 38-season archive."
"This deal will ensure that SNL clips from past and future seasons will be even more accessible to fans across all generations," adds Jack Sullivan, CEO of Broadway Video. The deal requires that other online platforms, including Hulu and NBC.com, remove their "SNL" content.
The content, which also includes rehearsal clips and behind-the-scenes content, will be available starting September at a digital hub that Yahoo! is building. The exlusive rights will only last for one year, but the deal will be up for renegotiation at that point.
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