NBCU Secures Exclusive on Harry Potter Film Franchise


NEW YORK: NBCUniversal has clinched an exclusive deal with Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution for the U.S. broadcast and cable network television rights for all films from J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World franchise.

Starting July 1, 2018, all eight Harry Potter films can be seen on NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment’s USA Network and Syfy. The deal also provides the rights to air the films across all NBCUniversal networks. The agreement includes exclusive basic cable rights to the new Fantastic Beast films, the first of which will be released in early November.

USA Network and Syfy will partner with Warner Bros. to bring viewers content that includes extended director’s cut versions of the first two Harry Potter films, the 2011 When Harry Left Hogwarts featurette, and 3D versions of the last two films in the Harry Potter series. In addition, the partnership incorporates exclusive content and events for the Universal theme parks.

“J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World has captured the imagination of fans of all ages, from all walks of life, all over the world…and I’m definitely one of them,” said Bonnie Hammer, the chairman of  NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. “I’m thrilled that our networks will be the home for this brilliant storyteller’s magical creations for years to come.”

“We are pleased to bring one of the most successful and enduring global franchises to the networks of NBCUniversal,” said Jeffrey R. Schlesinger, the president of Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution. “We feel this is a perfect new home for the Harry Potter films and the upcoming Fantastic Beasts films. 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.”

“Each of the Harry Potter areas within our theme parks around the globe build on the incredible stories of J.K. Rowling and the amazing films created by Warner Bros.,” said Tom Williams, the chairman and CEO of Universal Parks & Resorts. “These are special places where the entire family can experience the adventures of Harry Potter.”