Netflix, Warner Bros. Television Sign Drama Slate Deal

Georg Szalai
The Hollywood Reporter
Netflix, Warner Bros. Television Sign Drama Slate Deal

Netflix and Time Warner's Warner Bros. Television Group on Monday unveiled a licensing agreement that will give U.S. Netflix members access to complete previous seasons of serialized dramas produced by Warner, including NBC's Revolution.

The agreement, which will make Netflix the exclusive online home for complete prior seasons of shows from the 2012-13 season, covers a current slate of eight Warner Bros. shows and potential future shows, the companies said.

The 2012-2013 drama slate deal also includes supernatural thriller 666 Park Avenue starring Terry O'Quinn and Vanessa Williams, Political Animals, the USA Network miniseries with Sigourney Weaver as a former First Lady serving as Secretary of State, and Longmire, A&E's top-rated Western mystery series.

Also coming to Netflix under the deal will be upcoming drama The Following, starring Kevin Bacon as a former FBI agent on the trail of a serial killer, which premieres Jan. 21 on Fox, as well as such Warner Bros. Television series as Chuck, Fringe and The West Wing.

Financial terms weren't disclosed.

"This unprecedented agreement brings to Netflix members earlier and more exclusively than ever before complete previous seasons of some of the most prominent and successful shows on network and cable television," said Ted Sarandos, Netflix's chief content officer. "Through deals like this, Netflix is making the production economics right for the continued creation of the kind of compelling serialized dramas and thrillers that our members love."

"SVOD has become an important window for our serialized dramas, allowing viewers a chance to discover a series that before might have been intimidating to tune into mid-run," said Bruce Rosenblum, president, Warner Bros. Television Group. "We continue to adapt our business models to include SVOD when it makes sense for the long-term value of each show and are thrilled to have Netflix as one of our distribution partners."


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