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Netflix licenses global streaming rights for "COLONY" from Legendary Television and Universal Cable Productions

Tuesday, Sep 29, 2015
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Netflix, Inc., Legendary Television and Universal Cable Productions announced today that Netflix has acquired subscription video on demand (SVOD) rights on a global basis to COLONY, a highly anticipated new drama from Carlton Cuse ("Lost") and Ryan Condal ("Hercules"), which premieres on USA January 14, 2016.  COLONY is a co-production between Legendary Television and Universal Cable Productions.

Leading up to its Season 1 premiere Netflix has licensed second window streaming rights to COLONY, which now joins the ranks of other popular, highly-rated, and critically acclaimed series that Netflix has recently acquired such as "How to Get Away with Murder," "Jane the Virgin," and "Zoo," all entering their second seasons.  Netflix will stream COLONY about a year after its linear broadcast on USA in the U.S., on Bell Media's Bravo in Canada, and after its linear broadcast in other territories worldwide.

Set in the very near future, COLONY centers on one family's struggle to survive and bring liberty back to the people of an occupied Los Angeles.

SAG winner Josh Holloway ("Lost") stars as former FBI agent Will Bowman and Satellite Award winner Sarah Wayne Callies ("The Walking Dead") stars as his wife, Katie, in the series which takes place in a dangerous world of divided ideologies.  While some choose to collaborate with the occupation and benefit from the new order, others rebel and suffer the consequences.  After being separated from their son during the invasion, Will and Katie are willing to do whatever is necessary to be reunited with him.  Thus, when the powerful Proxy Snyder (Peter Jacobson, "House") offers Will a chance to get his son back if he will collaborate with the occupational government, Will and Katie find themselves faced with the toughest decision of their lives.  They will have to go beyond whatever they thought possible, risking their lives and their relationship to protect their family.  Nelson McCormick ("24") also executive produces.

"We knew from the moment we saw it that COLONY is the kind of smart serialized drama that Netflix members around the world would love watching," said Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer.

"We here at Legendary Television are thrilled that COLONY has a new global home in Netflix," said Bruce Rosenblum, President, Legendary Television & Digital Media.  "Netflix is the perfect service to stream COLONY after its initial broadcast in all countries outside North America, whether allowing fans to catch up with their favorite show before the new season airs or enticing new fans to the series.  Netflix's purchase of rights to COLONY, even before Season 1 has aired, is a huge vote of confidence for this exciting new drama."

"As we ready to premiere COLONY in January, this deal with Netflix will expand the global audience reach of a show we're all so proud of right out of the gate," said Jeff Wachtel, Chief Content Officer, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment and President, Universal Cable Productions.  "In this age of new business models and innovative windowing, this unprecedented access to international viewers is an extraordinarily positive sign in the right direction to grow the series as a long-term asset for our studio."

"We applaud Netflix for recognizing COLONY's value even before it has begun to air on USA. NBCUniversal is pleased to partner with Netflix on COLONY to make the show available to an even larger audience in the U.S. and Canada," said Frances Manfredi, President, NBCUniversal, TV & New Media Distribution, U.S. and Canada.

NBCUniversal TV & New Media Distribution holds domestic distribution rights for COLONY in the U.S.A. and Canada. Legendary Television is the international distribution rights holder.

For artwork and a complete press kit from the show, please visit the NBC Universal Media Village website at http://www.nbcumv.com/programming/usanetwork/colony. Please like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ColonyUSA and follow us on Twitter at our official handle @ColonyUSA.

About Netflix:
Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) is the world's leading Internet television network with over 65 million members in over 50 countries enjoying more than 100 million hours of TV shows and movies per day, including original series, documentaries and feature films. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any Internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

About Legendary Entertainment:              
Legendary Entertainment is a leading media company with film (Legendary Pictures), television and digital (Legendary Television and Digital Media) and comics (Legendary Comics) divisions dedicated to owning, producing and delivering content to mainstream audiences with a targeted focus on the powerful fandom demographic. Through complete or joint ownership, Legendary has built a library of marquee media properties and has established itself as a trusted brand which consistently delivers high-quality, commercial entertainment including some of the world's most popular intellectual property. In aggregate, Legendary Pictures-associated productions have realized grosses of more than $12 billion worldwide at the box office. To learn more visit: www.legendary.com.

About Universal Cable Productions:
Universal Cable Productions (UCP) creates innovative and critically acclaimed original scripted and digital content across media platforms for domestic and international distribution. UCP's content library spans classics such as Emmy-award winning, "Monk," and critic and fan favorites "Psych," "Battlestar Galactica," and "Warehouse 13." In the U.S., UCP's programming can be seen across various networks, including: "Colony" (2016), "Dig," "Mr. Robot," "Playing House," "Royal Pains," "Satisfaction" and "Suits" on USA Network; "12 Monkeys," "Childhood's End" (2015), "Defiance," "Dominion," "Hunters" (2016), "Killjoys," and "Magicians" (2016) on Syfy; "Girlfriends' Guide To Divorce" on Bravo; "The Royals," on E!; "Difficult People" on Hulu; "Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome" on Machinima Prime/YouTube, Syfy and DVD/Blu-Ray; and "Side Effects" on Awesomeness TV/YouTube. Universal Cable Productions is a part of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies. Follow us @UCPisTV.

About USA Network:
USA Network, the leader in cable entertainment, offers a powerful stable of dramatic, comedic and unscripted originals in more than 102 million U.S. homes.  The network also features spectacular live television, a dynamic portfolio of acquired series and the best in blockbuster theatrical films and entertainment events.  A trailblazer in digital innovation and storytelling, USA is defining, driving and setting the industry standard for Social TV.  USA is a program service of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal. USA's award-winning website is located at http://www.usanetwork.com.  Watch USA Network anywhere: On Demand, online or across mobile and connected TVs.

About NBCUniversal Television & New Media Distribution, U.S. & Canada:
NBCUniversal Television and New Media Distribution, U.S. & Canada is responsible for the sales and distribution of NBCUniversal product to all forms of television within the U.S. and Canada. This includes current television and film product as well as content from NBCUniversal's vast library (Universal Pictures, Focus Features, Universal Television, Universal Cable Productions, NBC Late Night properties, etc.) distributed in basic cable, pay cable and subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) markets. Current off-network cable distribution programming includes "30 Rock," "House," "Law & Order," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "Monk," "The Office" and "Saturday Night Live," as well as Universal Pictures film content. The division is also responsible for the sales of NBCUniversal content to non-theatrical markets including airlines worldwide.

 

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