Netflix has recently signed a multi-year, non-exclusive licensing deal that allows them to offer five new Disney shows on their service, such as Disney XD’s Tron: Uprising, Jake and the Never Land Pirates, and the Disney Jr. hits Handy Manny, Special Agent Oso, and Jojo’s Circus.
The new deal will bolster the presence of Disney on Netflix’s streaming service, as Netflix has already landed the exclusive pay TV rights to several Disney Studio movies last December, including Marvel’s superhero films, Pixar’s animated features, and Lucasfilm’s Star Wars.
“Disney and Netflix have shared a long and mutually beneficial relationship and this deal expands on the incredible line-up of Disney content already available for our members,” said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer at Netflix. “Families love Netflix and we know they especially love the imaginative and high-quality TV shows and movies from Disney. We’re excited to bring Jake and the Never Land Pirates, a terrific show for families with preschoolers, to our members.”
“We are delighted that Netflix’s members and their young children will be able to experience a selection of tremendously popular original series from Disney Junior and Disney XD,” said Janice Marinelli, President, Disney-ABC Domestic Television. “Netflix is a highly valued partner and a terrific platform for families to enjoy these heartfelt characters and entertaining stories.”
Disney is far from being the only studio to see a lot of potential in Netflix’s business model, as DreamWorks Animation has also partnered with the streaming service in order to create an original animated series based on the upcoming summer family film, Turbo. Netflix’s children’s section is proving to be popular with parents as well, since it is kept commercial free and features ratings and reviews from Common Sense Media (a non-profit organization that provides information to parents seeking help in evaluating their children’s media choices.)