As we told you last week, Universal’s Animation titles will continue to stream on Netflix. In a new multi-year deal made official by the two studios today, Uni’s animated films will air on Netflix during the mid-10 month portion of an 18-month one-time partner window.
As previously reported, Universal Filmed Entertainment Group’s 2022 and beyond films will be available on its Peacock streaming service 120 days after their theatrical release for four months and also during the final four months of the one-time payment window of 18 months of a title. As we first reported, Prime Video will exclusively stream live action titles from Universal 2022 and future during the mid-ten-month period of that 18-month window (months 5-14), and Netflix will stream the studio’s animation features.
The Netflix window will begin after the initial four-month Peacock window. This new deal builds on Netflix’s pre-existing Illumination release deal with Universal to now include DreamWorks Animation. Tentpoles such as those of Illumination Minions: The Rise of Gru, DreamWorks Animation The villains, and The puss in boots: the last wish will be part of the initial 2022 offers.
As part of the deal, Netflix will also license the rights to all of the animation and live action from UFEG approximately 4 years after its release, as well as the rights to select titles from UFEG. Universal’s extensive film library.
“We are delighted to continue our partnership with UFEG to bring more Illumination and DreamWorks Animation films to our Netflix audiences,” said Colin Morawski, Director of Studio Licensing, Netflix. “As we’ve seen with our own roster, Netflix families love to watch and replay animated movies, and this agreement allows us to expand our library to give our audience more of what they want to watch.”
“Netflix has been a great partner and we are delighted to expand our relationship,” said Peter Levinsohn, Vice President and Director of Distribution at UFEG. “Universal Filmed Entertainment Group produces some of the biggest animated franchises and boldest originals from some of the most influential, impactful and inspiring creators in the industry. This exciting deal once again demonstrates the importance of this content to our distribution partners as they grow their audiences and deliver the best in entertainment.