Netflix Grabs International 'Star Trek' Rights18 Jul, 2016 By: Erik Gruenwedel
CBS All Access and Bell get respective U.S., Canada rights
Netflix and CBS Studios International July 18 announced a landmark licensing agreement for the new “Star Trek” television series. Netflix will be the exclusive streaming distributor in 188 countries (excluding the U.S. and Canada). Each episode of the new series will be available globally within 24 hours of its U.S. premiere.
All 726* “Star Trek” episodes, including “Star Trek: The Original Series,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” “Star Trek: Voyager," "Star Trek: Enterprise” and "Star Trek: The Animated Series," will be available on Netflix globally by the end of year.
The new “Star Trek” will begin production in Toronto in September for its January 2017 premiere on CBS — the franchise’s return to primetime television for the first time since 2005 with a new ship, new characters and new missions.
In the U.S., the new “Star Trek” will bow with a special premiere episode on CBS in January 2017. The episode and all subsequent episodes will be available domestically exclusively on streaming service CBS All Access.
“‘Star Trek’ is already a worldwide phenomenon and this international partnership will provide fans around the world, who have been craving a new series for more than a decade, the opportunity to see every episode virtually at the same time as viewers in the U.S.,” Armando Nuñez, CEO of CBS Studios International, said in a statement.
Alex Kurtzman and Bryan Fuller are co-creators and executive producers for the new “Star Trek,” based on Gene Roddenberry’s original series. Fuller launched his career writing for “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and “Star Trek: Voyager.” Kurtzman is co-writer and producer of the blockbuster films Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness. The series is produced by CBS Television Studios
Separately, Paramount Pictures, which holds "Star Trek" theatrical rights, greenlighted production of a fourth movie. Star Trek Beyond, the third installment of the rebooted franchise starring Chris Pine as James T. Kirk, captain of the starship U.S.S. Enterprise, launches theatrically July 22.
*Editor's Note: Netflix's press release cites availability of 727 episodes of "Star Trek," though this number appears to include a "Next Generation" behind-the-scenes retrospective that aired around the time of that show's finale and isn't an actual episode.