Sky brings E.T. back to Earth for Christmas - the first time in 37 years



Sky brings E.T. back to Earth for Christmas - the first time in 37 years

Sky’s Christmas short story - A reunion 3 million light years in the making

Sky’s two-minute Christmas short story debuted today online at Sky.com and on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube and will air in ad breaks on Sky channels from 21:00 (GMT) on 28th November.

Background:

Christmas is always a time for people to reconnect. This year, Sky is continuing a timeless story of friendship by reuniting the beloved character of E.T. with Elliott’s 2019 family. The iconic characters from Universal Pictures’ E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial tell the story of their unbreakable connection using technology from Sky.

E.T. is back on Earth for a surprise visit with Elliott, who now has his own family. Although technology has changed our world since they last saw each other 37 years ago, their friendship remains strong and is a touching reminder of how important reconnecting is at Christmas. This story was made in connection with Universal Pictures, part of the Comcast and Sky family of companies.

We are honored to be able to bring back these characters for our customers. We hope that seeing the story of E.T. and Elliott’s family inspires families to spend more time together this Christmas, and gives them the opportunity to share the magic of E.T. again, 37 years after the original.

Stephen van Rooyen, CEO UK & Ireland, Sky said: "It’s an honour to bring E.T. back to Earth in this new festive short story, helping us to celebrate the magic of family time at Christmas and Sky’s part in bringing our customers together at this special time of year. “

• Lance Acord, Director: “More than anything, the whole story is about family.”

In further celebration of family time this Christmas, Sky is treating customers to some special gifts to say thanks for being with us. Gifts include:

• A Christmas screening of Sky Cinema’s How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

• Access to all Sky Sports channels on 25 & 26 December, plus a Premier League game on 28 December

• Love Actually free to keep from Sky Store

• Free Sky landline phone calls to 50 world-wide destinations, or any mobile on the planet

• Unlimited Sky Mobile data

Customers will get these gifts on their TV without having to lift a finger, full details, dates and T&C are on Sky.com.

ENDS

For more visuals and information contact: Sky@FeverPR.com

About Sky

• With 24 million customers across seven countries, Sky is Europe’s leading media and entertainment company and is proud to be part of the Comcast group. Our 31,000 employees help connect our customers with the very best of Sports, News, the arts and to our own local, original content. Following the success of Sky originals like Chernobyl, Patrick Melrose, Das Boot and Gomorrah we launched Sky Studios and now plan to more than double our investment in original drama and comedy over the next five years.

• Our technology allows customers to watch what they want, when they want, how they want, and as we connect millions of families to the content they love, it is our responsibility to do it safely – that’s why we offer services like Sky Broadband Buddy and the Sky Kids app. And our online streaming service, NOW TV, brings viewers all the enjoyment of Sky with the flexibility of a contract-free service.

• We also believe that a company of our scale has a responsibility that goes beyond our business, and into the community. Our Sky Ocean Rescue campaign has reached millions across Europe, we’re on track to be free of single-use plastic by 2020, we’re investing £25million over five years in ocean-saving tech and we’re a proud employer – recognised by The Times and Stonewall for our approach to inclusivity.

About E.T.

• Released in 1982 by Universal Pictures, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, is a beloved masterpiece from Academy Award®-winning director Steven Spielberg.

• Henry Thomas starred as Elliott, the 10-year-old boy who helps a lost alien find his way home.

• The movie was the top-earning film of the 1980s and won Academy Awards for its iconic music (Best Original Score) and groundbreaking technology (Best Visual Effects).