ABC and Warners Bros. TV Ink Significant Stacking Deal
Under the new pact, complete seasons of the studio's shows on the network will be available on SVOD.
Want to crash-binge the next season of The Bachelor before the finale? No problem. Per a new deal between ABC and Warner Bros. Television, the network will now have the option to keep all episodes of a current season on SVOD.
“This is a real win for network television viewers,” ABC Entertainment business operations executive vp Jana Winograde said Thursday. “Giving our audience even more opportunities to catch up on their favorite shows in their entirety, on demand, only enhances their loyalty to and engagement with ABC and our series.”
The partnership, a rare move between a network and an outside studio, will increase the SVOD library from the typical trailing five in-season episodes — though Warner Bros. will retain end-of-season SVOD and early syndication rights.
“Along with our partners at ABC, we’re pleased to offer viewers the convenience to discover and watch our shows on their own schedule and on the screen they choose,” said Warner Bros. TV Group business strategies president Craig Hunegs. “For our studio, the more people watch our shows, the more valuable they become for us over the long run.”
Admittedly, ABC's current roster of Warner Bros. television series is pretty thin. In addition to The Bachelor, the network is home to recently renewed comedy The Middle. That could change next season, however. Warner Bros. currently has several pilots in contention at ABC, including one from Kevin Williamson.
The deal is for both the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons.