Netflix Acquires Worldwide Rights to ‘Jane the Virgin,’ Two Other Shows

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Streamer licenses USA's upcoming 'Colony' and CBS's 'Zoo' for global distribution

UPDATED: Netflix has acquired global streaming rights to three TV shows: CW’s popular telenovela “Jane the Virgin,” USA’s upcoming dystopian drama “Colony” and CBS’s sci-fi thriller “Zoo.”

The deals for the shows come less than two weeks after the Los Gatos, Calif.-based company announced the acquisition of exclusive global rights to ABC hit series “How to Get Away with Murder” on Sept. 18.

About “Jane the Virgin” and “Zoo,” both licensed from CBS, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said, “Both shows are delightfully entertaining and will find a big audience across the more than 50 countries where Netflix is available.”

Netflix bought rights to “Colony” before it even hit TV: USA is slated to premiere the show Jan. 16, 2016. “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,” Sarandos said in a statement.

While some bizzers view Netflix distribution as a major threat to TV ad revenue, deals for “Murder” and “Jane the Virgin” are largely predicated on the value of binge-watching, which have the potential to help drive audiences to future episodes on the original network. Plus, of course, there’s the undisclosed millions Netflix is paying for the rights.

In 2013, AMC’s “Breaking Bad” saw its premiere audience more than double from the previous year after Netflix had offered the entire past season library to its U.S. subscribers. It was an unprecedented figure, one that showed the growing importance of binge-viewers, who can quickly catch up to a series in a matter of days. Netflix, available to more than 50 territories worldwide, now has over 65 million subscribers.

Season two of “Jane the Virgin,” which stars Golden Globe winner Gina Rodriguez, premieres Oct. 12 on CW. The show is about a religious young Latina virgin — who becomes pregnant after being artificially inseminated by mistake. “Jane the Virgin” is produced by CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros. Television, in association with Electus.

The first season of “Zoo,” based on the novel by James Patterson, aired this summer on the Eye and was the most-watched scripted TV series of the season across several categories. It’s already available on Netflix under a pact with CBS announced last year, but that deal covered only U.S. rights.

The series, about a wave of violent animal attacks against humans that sweeps the globe, stars James Wolk, Kristen Connolly, Billy Burke, Nora Arnezeder and Nonso Anozie. “Zoo” is produced by CBS Television Studios.

“Colony,” which comes from Carlton Cuse (“Lost”) and Ryan Condal (“Hercules”), is a co-production between Legendary Television and Universal Cable Prods. Netflix said “Colony” will be available to subscribers worldwide about a year after the show’s linear broadcast in the U.S., Canada and other territories.

Set in the “very near future,” “Colony” centers on a family’s struggle to survive and bring liberty back to the people of an occupied Los Angeles. Series stars Josh Holloway (“Lost”) as former FBI agent Will Bowman and Sarah Wayne Callies (“The Walking Dead”) stars as his wife, Katie.

“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,” said Bruce Rosenblum, president of Legendary Television & Digital Media.

NBCUniversal TV & New Media Distribution hold U.S. and Canada distribution rights for “Colony,” and Legendary Television is the international distribution rights holder.

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  1. 85wzen says:

    Just saw the first disk of Jane last night… it’s not streamed yet on Netflix, I guess that will come later… it’s surprising fast paced… and sometimes actually funny, which is funny because there hasn’t been any laughter in about 20 years on the medium….

    • Rena Moretti says:

      The first 8 seasons of Two and a Half Men were very funny as is most of Big Bang Theory (except the pilot!)

      That’s why they averaged about 18 times the ratings of Jane The Virgin…

      • 85wzen says:

        Subjective, not much makes me laugh in the media… I laugh about the government and so forth which is most amusing… but with entertainment…

      • Rena Moretti says:

        @85wzen: Fair enough. :) I wasn’t saying they were funny for all, but they were/are both (rare) hits and a lot of people found them funny (I still watch the re-runs of Two and a Half Men with much more pleasure than any new show except BBT).

  2. Rena Moretti says:

    Will Netflix forever be allowed to say whatever it wants without being fact-checked?

    Breaking Bad had a bigger premiere because AMC invested its Walking Dead profits in a full-scale network-size relaunch. It had nothing to do with Netflix!!

    As for Jane the Virgin, hard to think it’ll have huge audiences online when it fails so massively over-the-free-airwaves.

  3. NathanielBSanford@gmail.com says:

    Taking your logic, i could easily say your comment is worthless because i found this seasons RD to be the weakest season. But, i don’t make generalized statements like that because everything is subjective. Just because i found it to be the weakest doesn’t mean it IS the weakest.

  4. WalterJSmith@rhyta.com says:

    How is a show OWNED by US HBO, Story BOOK by an AMERICAN AUTHOR, Produced and written by mostly US people a FUCKING UK Brit show!?! Just because alot of Brits have been cast? It’s just a sad testament to the SHIT actors American theatrical schools are producing and US casting Hollywood are ignoring alot of the good school graduates like Julliard for cheap easy kiddy pop Disney commercial good looking faces than THESPIANS to usher into starting shows films but then when good shows need actors, fucking foreigners are AUTO considered better than and tapped, like alot of good jobs & work in US going dirt cheap to foreigners with H visas working half the wages. What’s going to happen when minimum wage finally goes up?

    • Rena Moretti says:

      What an ugly nativist rant.

      The reality is that talented foreigners keep creating great American companies and hire lots of Americans.

      One (out of many) great examples is Google. Another is Tesla/SpaceX.

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