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Netflix licenses global streaming rights for ‘Colony’

MUMBAI: Netflix has acquired subscription video on demand (SVOD) rights on a global basis to ‘Colony’. This is a new drama from Carlton Cuse and Ryan Condal, which premieres on US cable network USA on 14 January 2016.

‘Colony’ is a co-production between Legendary Television and Universal Cable Productions.

Netflix will stream ‘Colony’ about a year after its linear broadcast on USA in the US, on Bell Media’s Bravo in Canada, and after its linear broadcast in other territories worldwide.

Set in the very near future, the show centers on one family’s struggle to survive and bring liberty back to the people.

Josh Holloway stars as former FBI agent Will Bowman and Satellite Award winner Sarah Wayne Callies stars as his wife, Katie, in the series which takes place in a dangerous world of divided ideologies.

While some choose to collaborate with the occupation and benefit from the new order, others rebel and suffer the consequences. After being separated from their son during the invasion, Will and Katie are willing to do whatever is necessary to be reunited with him. Thus, when the powerful Proxy Snyder offers Will a chance to get his son back if he will collaborate with the occupational government, Will and Katie find themselves faced with the toughest decision of their lives. They will have to go beyond whatever they thought possible, risking their lives and their relationship to protect their family.

Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said, “We knew from the moment we saw it that ‘Colony’ is the kind of smart serialised drama that Netflix members around the world would love watching”.

Legendary Television and Digital Media President Bruce Rosenblum said, “We here at Legendary Television are thrilled that ‘Colony’ has a new global home in Netflix. 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. Netflix’s purchase of rights to ‘Colony’, even before Season 1 has aired, is a huge vote of confidence for this exciting new drama.”

NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment chief content officer, Universal Cable Productions president Jeff Wachtel said, “As we ready to premiere ‘Colony’ in January, this deal with Netflix will expand the global audience reach of a show we’re all so proud of right out of the gate. In this age of new business models and innovative windowing, this unprecedented access to international viewers is an extraordinarily positive sign in the right direction to grow the series as a long-term asset for our studio.”
NBCUniversal TV & New Media Distribution holds the US and Canada distribution rights for the show. Legendary Television is the international distribution rights holder.