By Evan DeSimone
Netflix is firing another salvo in the licensing wars, announcing deals today that will make it the exclusive streaming platform for the CBS hits “Jane The Virgin” and “Zoo.” In a separate deal, Netflix also nabbed “Colony,” the upcoming original drama from Carlton Cuse (“Lost”) and Ryan Condal (“Hercules”).
The first season of CBS summer series “Zoo,” which stars James Wolk as a scientist trying to save humanity form an animal uprising, is now available on Netlfix in the U.S. and will be available in all its international territories in the next few months. Netflix will launch the first season “Jane The Virgin” on Oct. 12 to coincide with the show’s season two premiere. The “Jane” deal provides a convenient opportunity for late adopters to catch up on the critically acclaimed comedy’s first season, a move that could bolster viewership for season two, another way that broadcasters are leveraging streaming platforms to boost their new output.
Netflix also locked down second screen streaming rights for “Colony” from USA Networks. Produced by Legendary Television and Universal Cable Productions, “Colony” comes from the minds of “Lost” creator Carlton Cuse and “Hercules” producer Ryan Condal. The series is described as a family drama set in an alternate version of Los Angeles that’s subject to a mysterious foreign occupation.
The licensing deals, which add some formidable hits and niche series to Netflix’s every growing catalog, come on the heels of deals that will see Netflix streaming the first season of the Shonda Rhimes-produced ABC hit “How To Get Away With Murder.” The streamer will also revive popular British sci-fi anthology series “Black Mirror.” The sheer bulk of deals suggest that Netflix is focused on remaining the king of both licensed and original content in the face of increasingly competitive peers such as Amazon and Hulu.