Netflix Extends Its Animated Film Distribution Deal With Universal


Universal Pictures and its parent company Universal Filmed Entertainment Group (UFEG) announced that they are extended their animation distribution deal with Netflix’s streaming service. It is an extension of the deal with Illumination and Dreamworks Animation.
Netflix explained in a press release, “The Netflix window will begin after a 4 month Peacock window.” They continue, “Tentpoles such as ‘Minions: The Rise of Gru,’ DreamWorks Animation’s ‘The Bad Guys,’ and ‘Puss In Boots: The Last Wish’ will be among the initial 2022 offerings.” Netflix adds, “As part of the deal, Netflix will also license rights to the full Animated and Live Action slate from UFEG about 4 years after release as well as rights to select titles from Universal’s vast movie library.”
‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’ was slated to be released July 3, 2020, but was delayed almost a whole year to July 1, 2021, due to pandemic lockdowns.
Netflix Director of Studio Licensing Colin Morawski said, “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with UFEG to bring more films from Illumination and DreamWorks Animation to our Netflix audience.” He continued, “As we’ve seen with our own slate, Netflix families love watching and rewatching animated films, and this deal allows us to expand our library to bring our audience more of what they want to watch.”
UFEG exec Peter Levinsohn added, “Netflix has been a terrific partner and we‘re thrilled to expand our relationship.” He noted, “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 agreement further demonstrates the importance of that content to our distribution partners as they grow their audiences and deliver the very best in entertainment.”
Netflix has worked to expand its animation content by licensing by acquiring anime and most recently the Jackie Chan produced ‘Wish Dragon’ from Sony Pictures Animation.


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