Netflix Expands Animated Movie License Deal With Universal to Include DreamWorks Animation Titles

Netflix is reportedly extending an existing movie distribution deal with Universal Filmed Entertainment Group that now includes content from DreamWorks Animation, which NBCUniversal acquired in 2016. A previous deal included only Illumination content — an animation subsidiary of Universal Pictures launched in 2007.

Under the deal, Netflix will have access to movie franchises such as “Minions” and “Shrek,” including new releases, four months after their availability on the Peacock streaming service. The window includes new and upcoming releases Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, The Bad Guys and Minions: The Rise of Gru, among others, beginning in 2022.

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“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with UFEG to bring more films from Illumination and DreamWorks Animation to our Netflix audience,” Colin Morawski, director of studio licensing at Netflix, said in a statement. “As we’ve seen with our own slate, Netflix families love watching and re-watching animated films, and this deal allows us to expand our library to bring our audience more of what they want to watch.”

“Netflix has been a terrific partner and we‘re thrilled to expand our relationship,” said Peter Levinsohn, vice chairman and chief distribution officer of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group.  “This exciting agreement further demonstrates the importance of that content to our distribution partners as they grow their audiences and deliver the very best in entertainment.”

Amazon Prime Video and IMDb TV Join New Universal Filmed Entertainment Group Pay 1 Window

Universal Pictures continues to turn movie distribution on its ear. Just days after its Pay 1 distribution deal with NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming service, Universal Filmed Entertainment Group (UFEG) announced multi-year license agreements with Amazon Prime Video and its ad-supported sister platform, IMDb TV.

Under the agreement, Prime Video will have an exclusive Pay 1 window for UFEG’s slate of live-action films in the United States, starting with the 2022 release slate, and will also receive rights to a package of UFEG’s library movies. IMDb TV gets exclusive network-window rights for films from UFEG’s 2020-21 theatrical slate and rights to a package of animated titles.

Starting in 2022, UFEG’s new live-action films will first become available on Peacock after their theatrical releases, before landing exclusively on Prime Video four months later, with titles to include the highly anticipated Jurassic World: DominionThe 355 and Ambulance.

Prime Video will also gain SVOD rights to UFEG’s theatrical slate of animated movies through a subsequent window, including highly anticipated 2022 theatrical titles such as Illumination’s Minions: The Rise of Gru and DreamWorks Animation’s Puss in Boots: The Last Wish and The Bad Guys. Several iconic titles including the “Jurassic Park” franchise, “Bourne” franchise, Love Actually, Get Out and the “Fast & Furious” franchise will also become available to Prime members.

“We know Prime members love movies, and this new deal with UFEG will deliver some of the best films available for our customers,” Brad Beale, VP of worldwide content licensing at Prime Video, said in a statement. “This new slate of UFEG films, including exciting upcoming releases such as Jurassic World: DominionThe 355 and Ambulance will continue to build upon Prime Video’s catalog and delight Prime members, all at no additional cost to their membership.”

“Recognizing that all parties would benefit from a modernized windowing structure, this new agreement allows Prime Video and IMDb TV to benefit from UFEG’s vast library and diverse content like never before,” said Peter Levinsohn, vice chairman and chief distribution officer of UFEG. “We’re thrilled to team up with Amazon to deliver our titles to its customers. This agreement further delivers on our distribution strategy to monetize our unparalleled movie library across multiple services, while offering customers the most choice, control and flexibility in how, when and where they watch films.”

IMDb TV will obtain an additional window to stream UFEG’s 2020-21 slate of theatrical releases, featuring titles such as DolittleThe Invisible ManF9 (Fast & Furious 9) and Sing 2, with full exclusivity across AVOD and SVOD, during the license period. In addition, IMDb TV will also have access to select titles in UFEG’s animation library, including Illumination’s Despicable Me 2 and DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon 2, and Shrek 2.

“This significant deal with UFEG is another step forward in solidifying IMDb TV’s reputation as a premium free destination for blockbuster movies,” said Lauren Anderson and Ryan Pirozzi, co-heads of content and programming at IMDb TV. “Expanding our library with prominent UFEG titles from every genre, IMDb TV continues to deliver on our promise to provide viewers the content they crave with something for everyone.”