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Sony Pictures’ upcoming theatrical slate and much of its library are headed to Disney’s streaming and TV platforms.
The new deal, which covers Sony’s 2022-26 theatrical slate, will bring the films to Disney-owned streaming services Disney+ and Hulu, as well as to Disney’s linear TV networks, including ABC, Disney Channels, Freeform, FX and National Geographic.
The deal comes weeks after Netflix and Sony inked a massive pact for Sony’s films to go to the streaming service for their first-pay windows, which usually come 18 months after a film hits theaters. Once that window expires, the new Disney deal will see Sony’s titles hit Disney platforms for their Pay 2 windows.
The library titles include films from Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters, such as Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, as well as films from the Hotel Transylvania and Jumanji franchises. Sony’s upcoming 2022 slate includes Morbius, Uncharted, Bullet Train and the sequel to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
“This landmark multiyear, platform agnostic agreement guarantees the team at Disney Media and 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,” said Chuck Saftler, head of business operations for ABC, Freeform, FX Networks and Acquisitions in DMED’s Networks division. “This is a win for fans, who will benefit from the ability to access the very best content from two of Hollywood’s most prolific studios across a multitude of viewing platforms and experiences.”
Keith Le Goy, president, worldwide distribution and networks, Sony Pictures Entertainment, said, “This groundbreaking agreement reconfirms the unique and enduring value of our movies to film lovers and the platforms and networks that serve them. We are thrilled to team up with Disney on delivering our titles to their viewers and subscribers. This agreement cements a key piece of our film distribution strategy, which is to maximize the value of each of our films, by making them available to consumers across all windows with a wide range of key partners.”
Disney+ is the streaming home to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, however, the Sony-released films such as Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) are not on the service. (Sony’s current pay TV partner is the Lionsgate-owned Starz.) After the upcoming Netflix window expires, those films would be in play for Disney+, uniting more of the MCU saga in one spot. (2008’s The Incredible Hulk, distributed by Univeral, is not on Disney+.)
Sony previously licensed its films to Disney-owned FX in the post-Pay 1 TV window. The companies did not disclose the financial details of the deal.
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