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Disney & Sony Ink Massive Movie Deal

Team Stardust
April 21, 2021

Good news for Spider-Man fans! Disney just signed a massive movie licensing deal with Sony to bring Sony Marvel properties, like Spider-Man, to Disney+ starting in 2022.

The deal will run through all Sony theatrical releases scheduled through 2026, and allows Disney to offer Sony films across all its streaming channels, including Disney+, Hulu, FX Networks, Disney Channels, Freeform, and ABC. The deal comes right after Sony made an agreement with Netflix, in which the streaming service will have the right stream Sony theatrical releases during the first pay TV window, (typically about 9 months after its first theatrical release) starting in 2022, after which Disney will then have licensing rights to Sony films. However, the deal between Sony and Netflix says nothing about Sony films skipping theaters and selling film rights straight to competing streaming services. 

The deal between Disney and Sony currently only covers the U.S. market. Head of business operations for ABC, Freeform, FX Networks and Acquisitions for Disney’s Media and Entertainment Distribution, Chuck Saftler, said, “This landmark multi-year, platform-agnostic agreement guarantees the team at Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution a tremendous amount of flexibility and breadth of programming possibilities to leverage Sony’s rich slate of award-winning action and family films across our direct-to-consumer services and linear channels.”

He continued, “This is a win for fans, who will benefit from the ability to access the very best content from two of Hollywood’s most prolific studios across a multitude of viewing platforms and experiences.”

Are you excited to see future Sony films on Disney-owned channels?