Netflix picks up four Marvel Live-Action Series and a mini-series featuring Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage for 2015.
Disney and Marvel are calling this an “unprecedented deal”. Disney will provide Netflix with live action series and a miniseries featuring several Marvel characters. All of the Marvel characters will be set in Hell’s Kitchen, New York.
Netflix has committed to at least four, 13-episode series over what is expected to be multiple years, starting in 2015.
The first released project will be, The Defenders, that reimagines a dream team of self-sacrificing, heroic characters.
The arrangement between Netflix and Disney will bring about 60 episodes produced by Marvel TV and ABC Studios. This is not the only major agreement that Netflix has with Disney, starting in 2016, Disney will give Netflix the exclusive rights to Disney films.
It is unparalleled in its scope and size, and reinforces our commitment to deliver Marvels brand, content and characters across all platforms of storytelling, says Marvel Entertainment President Alan Fine.
The companys first live-action series for Disney, ABCs Marvels Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., premiered this fall and has been picked up for a full season.
Here is the press release on the deal:
BURBANK, Calif., Nov. 7, 2013 The Walt Disney Co. (Marvel is a known and loved brand that travels, sNYSE: DIS) and Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) today announced an unprecedented deal for Marvel TV to bring multiple original series of live-action adventures of four of Marvels most popular characters exclusively to the worlds leading Internet TV Network beginning in 2015. This pioneering agreement calls for Marvel to develop four serialized programs leading to a miniseries programming event.
Led by a series focused on Daredevil, followed by Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage, the epic will unfold over multiple years of original programming, taking Netflix members deep into the gritty world of heroes and villains of Hells Kitchen, New York. Netflix has committed to a minimum of four, thirteen episodes series and a culminating Marvels The Defenders mini-series event that reimagines a dream team of self-sacrificing, heroic characters.
Produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Television Studios, this groundbreaking deal is Marvels most ambitious foray yet into live-action TV storytelling.
This deal is unparalleled in its scope and size, and reinforces our commitment to deliver Marvels brand, content and characters across all platforms of storytelling. Netflix offers an incredible platform for the kind of rich storytelling that is Marvels specialty, said Alan Fine, President of Marvel Entertainment. This serialized epic expands the narrative possibilities of on-demand television and gives fans the flexibility to immerse themselves how and when they want in whats sure to be a thrilling and engaging adventure.
Marvels movies, such as Iron Man and Marvels The Avengers, are huge favorites on our service around the world. Like Disney, Marvel is a known and loved brand that travels, said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. With House of Cards and our other original series, we have pioneered new approaches to storytelling and to global distribution and were thrilled to be working with Disney and Marvel to take our brand of television to new levels with a creative project of this magnitude.
This new original TV deal follows last years landmark movie distribution deal through which, beginning with 2016 theatrically released feature films, Netflix will be the exclusive U.S. subscription television service for first-run, live-action and animated movies from the Walt Disney Studios, including titles from Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, Disneynature and Lucasfilm. Netflix members can currently enjoy a wide range of Disney, ABC TV and Disney Channel films and shows across the 41 countries where Netflix operates.