Netflix announced a new multi-year licensing deal with Universal Filmed Entertainment Group that will bring Animated Universal films to Netflix after their 4-month window on Peacock. This expands on a current deal between Netflix and Universal but now includes DreamWorks Animation titles as well. In addition to new releases, Netflix will also license rights to select titles in Universals library, and the full Animated and Live Action slate from UFEG about 4 years after their release.
“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with UFEG to bring more films from Illumination and DreamWorks Animation to our Netflix audience,” said Colin Morawski, Director of Studio Licensing, Netflix. “As we’ve seen with our own slate, Netflix families love watching and rewatching animated films, and this deal allows us to expand our library to bring our audience more of what they want to watch.”
Upcoming animated films that will be on Netflix under the deal include Minions: The Rise of Gru, DreamWorks Animation’s The Bad Guys, and Puss In Boots: The Last Wish will be among the initial 2022 offerings.
HBO Max currently has a deal with Universal for all new releases to arrive on the streaming service the same day they hit theaters. That deal expires at the end of the year and Universal new releases will stream exclusively on Peacock after leaving theaters, starting in 2022.
Earlier this week, Amazon shared that it has entered into an agreement that will bring those titles exclusively to Prime Video after four months on Peacock and before moving back to Peacock.