Post by David
Netflix says in discussions with Disney over Marvel, 'Star Wars' films
by Lisa Richwine
Netflix Inc (NFLX.O) is in "active discussions" with Walt Disney Co (DIS.N) about keeping Marvel and "Star Wars" films after 2019 when new Disney and Pixar movies will stop appearing on the streaming service, a senior Netflix executive said on Thursday.
...but no real hint as to if this is in the USA or just
internationally...and maybe Netflix and Disney haven't worked out even
The only way I see Disney trying to launch a non-sports streaming
channel without their best content is if they are going to make it a
kids oriented streaming channel. Then, maybe losing Marvel and Star
Wars wouldn't be a big loss since the channel would be aimed for little
kids like Disney XD.
Post by David
Disney announced on Tuesday that it was pulling new Disney and Pixar films from Netflix starting with its new releases in 2019 and will put the movies on a new Disney-branded online service.
Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger told analysts the company had not yet decided where it would distribute superhero films from Marvel Studios and movies from "Star Wars" producer Lucasfilm, which Disney owns, at that time.
A Disney spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Iger said on Tuesday the Marvel and Lucasfilm movies could go to Netflix or another streaming service after 2019, or Disney might retain the rights for itself.
Side note: I wonder what happens with these contracts when a studio
delays a film. Suppose, for imaginary example, that a streaming Network
signs on with James Cameron studios for 5 years so that they can have
access to all the AVATAR sequels...and then the studio delays those
films for years until they don't fall into the contract window anymore.
Does that mean the streaming network is stuck paying for nothing or does
the contract include all films proposed for that release window
regardless as to if the studio subsequently delays the release? I can
certainly see a breach of contract lawsuit resulting if a studio's film
delays took a major title outside the signed contract window.