Netflix and Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) announced a new multi-year, exclusive licensing deal in the U.S. for theatrically released feature films, starting with 2022 releases.
Currently, Netflix and Sony Pictures Animation have a streaming deal, but this latest announcement will add SPE film labels and genres.
The deal will see Netflix get first pay window rights to Sony films after their theatrical and home entertainment windows. Here are some 2022 titles that will be part of the deal:
- Where the Crawdads Sing
- Bullet Train
Other films included will be future Spider-Man films, plus follow-ups to Jumanji and Bad Boys franchises, while Netflix will also get select titles from the Sony movie library.
“Sony Pictures is a great partner and we are thrilled to expand our relationship through this forward-thinking agreement,” said Scott Stuber, Head of Global Films at Netflix, in a statement. “This not only allows us to bring their impressive slate of beloved film franchises and new IP to Netflix in the U.S., but it also establishes a new source of first run films for Netflix movie lovers worldwide,” said Stuber.
It’s unclear how this deal will affect Netflix in Canada, but we might hear more later about how Sony films may land here as well. Many Canadians are using VPNs to access Netflix in the USA, so this may be good news for them.
“Netflix has been a terrific partner as we continue to expand our relationship,” said Keith Le Goy, President, Worldwide Distribution and Networks, Sony Pictures Entertainment.