NBCUniversal acquires rights to Harry Potter film franchise
The deal also includes 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them'
NBCUniversal announced Monday that they had acquired the rights to all of the films in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World franchise, which includes not just the eight Harry Potter films but also the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them spin-offs.
The deal gives NBC Universal the right to air the films across all of their television channels, including SyFy and USA Network, through April 2025. In the announcement, NBCUniversal promised that they will also bring viewers extra content like director’s cut versions of the first two Harry Potter films and 3D versions of the last two. Beyond film, the deal also opens up the possibility of Harry Potter-themed events at Universal theme parks, as well as joint digital ventures with Pottermore.
“We are pleased to bring one of the most successful and enduring global franchises to the networks of NBCUniversal,” said Warner Bros president of distribution Jeffrey R. Schlesinger said in a statement. “Having all of these films in one place builds upon the existing relationship we already have with NBCUniversal and J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, and creates many exciting new opportunities across multiple platforms for both our companies and the fans of this franchise.”
A representative from Freeform confirmed to EW that the channel, which previously aired numerous Harry Potter movie marathons, will no longer be able to after NBCUniversal’s window of exclusivity begins in 2018.