NBCUniversal Acquires Exclusive Broadcast and Cable TV Rights in U.S. to Potter & Wizarding World Franchise
- Updated: August 8, 2016
NBCUniversal today announced an exclusive deal with Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution for broadcast and cable network television rights in the United States to all of the films in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World franchise.
We usually wouldn’t share television-related news stories, but this new deal incorporates exclusive content and events for the Universal theme parks.
Beginning July 1, 2018, all eight Harry Potter films can be seen on NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment’s USA Network and SyFy in a deal that also gives rights to air the films across all NBCUniversal television networks. The agreement includes exclusive basic cable rights to the new Fantastic Beasts films – the first of which releases early November 2016.
The multi-business partnership includes both on-air and digital rights across NBCUniversal television networks through April 2025. Additionally through this deal, Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Orlando and Universal Studios Japan can explore a range of new opportunities including fan events, movie screenings and promotional activities tied to the “Harry Potter” franchise and the upcoming “Fantastic Beasts” film series. The deal also envisages collaboration on joint digital initiatives to support the franchise, working with J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore, the digital heart of the Wizarding World, which hosts articles, features, and exclusive, original writing by J.K. Rowling.
“Each of the Harry Potter areas within our theme parks around the globe build on the incredible stories of J.K. Rowling and the amazing films created by Warner Bros.,” said Tom Williams, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Universal Parks & Resorts. “These are special places where the entire family can experience the adventures of Harry Potter.”
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort, Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Studios Japan, along with The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade at Universal Orlando Resort, offer guests immersive, expansive environments complete with innovative attractions, shops and restaurants.