Warner Bros. inks UltraViolet, Flixster deal with Paramount
Michelle Clancy | 01-11-2012
A new deal with Warner Bros. means that Paramount Pictures' UltraViolet titles will be made available on a non-exclusive basis via Flixster, Warner's movie streaming and digital locker service.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has signed a three-year distribution and marketing deal with Paramount Home Media covering over 600 Paramount catalogue titles. The deal goes into effect 1 January 2013, and in addition to non-exclusive UltraViolet rights it grants Warner exclusive distribution rights to DVD and Blu-ray Discs in North America.
As part of the agreement, all digital rights for electronic sell-through and VOD services are to be retained by Paramount who will receive an undisclosed licensing fee from Warner. Meanwhile, Warner will receive new manufacturing on demand rights as well as the right to bundle UltraViolet (UV) copies with packaged media.
Not included in the deal are key Paramount franchises, however, like Transformers, Star Trek and Indiana Jones.
The agreement also excludes approximately 100 cornerstone Paramount titles, including the Transformers, Star Trek and Indiana Jones franchises. Under the same terms, Warner will gain access to select new titles after the initial 26-week release period.