Netflix Acquires Exclusive Subscription VOD Rights for CBS Drama ZOO
Netflix Inc. and CBS Corporation announced today that Netflix will be the exclusive U.S. subscription video on demand (SVOD) home to the future CBS drama ZOO. Last week, CBS announced a straight-to-series order for 13 episodes of ZOO, an event drama based on the bestselling novel of the same name by James Patterson, for broadcast in summer 2015.
The full season of ZOO will be available exclusively to U.S. Netflix members immediately following its run on the CBS Television Network next summer.
ZOO is a global thriller about a wave of violent animal attacks against humans across the planet. As the assaults become more cunning, coordinated and ferocious, a young renegade biologist is thrust into the race to unlock the pandemic's mystery before there's no place left for people to hide.
"We're excited to expand our relationship with Netflix as our premium subscription partner on ZOO," said Scott Koondel, Chief Corporate Licensing Officer, CBS Corporation. "This is another creative model to build a summer programming event on CBS and deliver Netflix members an addictive thrill-ride series based on a story by one of the world's biggest authors."
"ZOO is just the kind of smart, gripping and shocking series that Netflix members love," said Sean Carey, Vice President, Content Licensing for Netflix. "We are delighted to be offering all episodes to our U.S. members immediately after its airing on CBS."
ZOO is a CBS Television Studios production. The series will be distributed domestically by CBS Television Distribution and worldwide by CBS Studios International. Jeff Pinkner, Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec and Scott Rosenberg wrote the script and are executive producers with James Mangold, Cathy Konrad, James Patterson, Bill Robinson, Leopoldo Gout and Steve Bowen.
The book was originally published in September 2012 by Little, Brown and Company and was a #1 New York Times bestseller. It's been translated into six languages and has sold more than four million copies worldwide.
Netflix is the world's leading Internet television network with over 48 million members in more than 40 countries enjoying more than one billion hours of TV shows and movies per month, including original series. For a low monthly price, Netflix members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly an Internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.
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