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Netflix Buys Rights to CBS ‘Zoo’ Series from James Patterson

Sci-fi drama to air on the Eye in the summer of 2015

Netflix, beating out Amazon.com, will be the exclusive U.S. subscription video-on-demand home to the forthcoming CBS sci-fi drama “Zoo,” based on the best-selling novel of the same name by James Patterson.

The Eye last week announced it was picking up “Zoo” in a straight-to-series order for next summer. Jeff Pinkner, Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec and Scott Rosenberg wrote the script and are exec producers with James Mangold, Cathy Konrad, James Patterson, Bill Robinson, Leopoldo Gout and Steve Bowen.

Netflix will obtain access to the series after all 13 episodes have aired on CBS, slated for next summer.

“We’re excited to expand our relationship with Netflix as our premium subscription partner on ‘Zoo,'” said Scott Koondel, chief corporate licensing officer for CBS. “This is another creative model to build a summer programming event on CBS and deliver Netflix members an addictive thrill-ride series based on a story by one of the world’s biggest authors.”

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“’Zoo’ is just the kind of smart, gripping and shocking series that Netflix members love,” said Netflix VP of content licensing Sean Carey. “We are delighted to be offering all episodes to our U.S. members immediately after its airing on CBS.”

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