Universal Inks Massive Deal With Amazon Prime, IMDb TV
By Movieguide® Staff
Universal Filmed Entertainment Group inked a massive deal with Amazon Prime and IMDB TV that would allow major movies like F9 and the upcoming JURASSIC WORLD: DOMINION to stream on the platform.
“We know Prime members love movies and this new deal with UFEG will deliver some of the best films available for our customers,” said Brad Beale, Prime Video V.P. of worldwide content licensing.
“Recognizing that all parties would benefit from a modernized windowing structure, this new agreement allows Prime Video and IMDb TV to benefit from UFEG’s vast library and diverse content like never before,” said Peter Levinsohn, vice chairman and chief distribution officer, UFEG. “We’re thrilled to team up with Amazon to deliver our titles to its customers. This agreement further delivers on our distribution strategy to monetize our unparalleled movie library across multiple services, while offering customers the most choice, control and flexibility in how, when and where they watch films.”
According to Variety:
For the Prime Video side of the deal, Universal’s blockbuster titles like “Jurassic World: Dominion,” “The 355” and “Ambulance” will debut on Peacock, before heading to Prime Video four months later. The pact also includes UFEG’s animated slate, including Illumination’s “Minions: The Rise of Gru” and DreamWorks Animation’s “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish” and “The Bad Guys.”
UFEG’s library titles, including the “Jurassic Park” franchise, “Bourne” franchise, “Love Actually,” “Get Out,” and the “Fast & Furious: franchise will also become available on Prime Video.
IMDb TV has also secured an additional network-window for films from UFEG’s 2020-2021 theatrical slate, meaning that titles like “Dolittle,” “The Invisible Man,” “F9 (Fast & Furious 9),” and “Sing 2,” to stream with full exclusively across AVOD and SVOD, during the license period. This deal also extends to Universal’s animated library, including Illumination’s “Despicable Me 2” and DreamWorks Animation’s “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” and “Shrek 2.”
The UFEG deal comes after Amazon purchased MGM Studios.
Amazon continues to push into the entertainment sphere with original movies and streaming programs.
Amazon’s latest movie, THE TOMORROW WAR, debuted exclusively on Prime last week. Deadline reports that THE TOMORROW WAR debuted at No. 1 across streaming platforms over the holiday weekend, per Screen Engine’s PostVOD. The movie ranks as the biggest live-action streaming movie of the summer, starting with Screen Engine’s PostVOD summer reporting in May.
Amazon and Skydance are already in talks about a sequel.
According to the Movieguide® review, THE TOMORROW WAR has a strong moral, pro-family worldview, with strong redemptive content. It celebrates family, marriage, positive parent-child relationships, sacrifice, second chances, reconciliation, and American individuality.
If Amazon truly wants to succeed in the entertainment sphere, they would do well to remember that movies that promote biblical values, like those listed above, will generate more viewers and revenue.