Netflix says in discussions with Disney over Marvel, 'Star Wars' films

Pierre Vaugeois
Août 13, 2017

Disney Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger said the company had not yet decided where it would distribute superhero films films from Marvel Studios and movies from "Star Wars" producer Lucasfilm after 2019.

According to reports, those rights will be negotiated after 2019.

When news broke that Disney would be divorcing Netflix (BUT NOT BECAUSE OF ANYTHING YOU DID, SWEETIE!) and launching its own independent streaming service people understandably flipped out.

Sarandos said he expected Disney's service to be "complementary" to Netflix, which carries other family-friendly programming such as animated movies from "Despicable Me" creator Illumination Entertainment and "Shrek" producer Dreamworks Animation.

Underpinning the strategy is the House of Mouse's decision to take a majority ownership of streaming company BAMTech (it had a 33% stake before).

Subscription to video streaming services has shot up in recent years. The multi-platform offering also has back-end technology that can personalise and enhance content viewing experiences and is capable of serving live content to global consumers.

Disney's decision to launch its own OTT service in the U.S. won't affect Disney, Marvel or Star Wars content included in Netflix's catalogues across Latin America and Spain.

Netflix is still in discussions with Disney about retaining rights to stream Marvel and Lucasfilm releases after 2019, Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos told Reuters.

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