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Disney to get Sony films after Netflix

The deal covers future films in the Spider-Man franchise

The Walt Disney Company and Sony Pictures Entertainment have struck a deal under which Disney will get the streaming and linear TV rights to all of Sony’s new theatrical films following the expiration of their first pay window on Netflix.

Earlier this month, Sony signed an agreement with Netflix that granted the streamer the exclusive first pay window rights to all of Sony’s theatrically released films from 2022, after their theatrical and home entertainment windows.

The deal includes films from the Marvel universe, including future instalments of Venom and Spider-Man, and expected follow-ups in the Jumanji and Bad Boys franchises.

Under Sony’s latest deal with Disney, the Mouse House will get the streaming and linear TV rights to Sony’s theatrical releases from 2022 to 2026 once Netflix’s pay-one window expires for each film.

Disney will then have the pay-two window rights to launch the films on all of its platforms and channels, including Disney+, Hulu, ABC, Disney Channels, Freeform, FX and National Geographic.

The deal also includes some library titles, such as existing films in the Jumanji, Hotel Transylvania and Marvel franchises. Hulu will be granted access to some of these library titles from as early as June.

Chuck Saftler, head of business operations for ABC, Freeform and FX Networks, and head of acquisitions for Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution’s Networks division, said: “This landmark multi-year, platform-agnostic agreement guarantees the team at Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution a tremendous amount of flexibility and breadth of programming possibilities to leverage Sony’s rich slate of award-winning action and family films across our direct-to-consumer services and linear channels.”


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