Netflix has acquired the exclusive UK rights to CBS All Access’ new Star Trek series, from CBS Television Studios and Bryan Fuller, after striking a wide-ranging deal with international distributor CBS Studios International, TVWise has learned. Episodes will be available to stream on Netflix UK less than 24 hours after they air in the United States.
The as-yet untitled series is being shepherded by former Trek writer and Hannibal creator Bryan Fuller, who is serving as showrunnner. Fuller recently revealed that the show’s first 13 episode season will tackle a single serialised story and CBS have stated that it will feature a new crew, new villains, new heroes and new worlds. The writing team includes Fuller, Nicholas Meyer and Alex Kurtzman. The trio also executive produce alongside Heather Kadin, Gretchen Berg, Aaron Harberts, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth .
This agreement between Netflix and CBS Studios International has been in the works for some time, with TVWise reporting earlier this month that the two were in talks. It is a major coup for the streaming giant, especially as Sky was extremely keen on landing the new series. This will mark the first time that a new Star Trek series has not launched in the UK on a Sky owned channel since Star Trek: The Next Generation in the 1990s.
Notably, Netflix landed the UK rights to the new Star Trek as part of a wider deal which gives the streaming service exclusive rights to the series in some 188 territories (excluding the United States and Canada), where it will be marketed as a “Netflix Original Series”. The deal also comes after Netflix UK acquired SVOD rights to the existing Star Trek library and under this new deal that wealth of content will be made available on other local Netflix service by the end of 2016. Bell Media holds rights to the new Star Trek series in Canada.
“Star Trek is one of the most iconic shows in television history and we’re thrilled to partner with CBS to bring the beloved series to Trekkies around the world,” said Sean Carey, Vice President of Global Television for Netflix. “The newest chapter of the story promises to continue the rich tradition of adventure and is sure to excite fans everywhere Netflix is available.”
“The launch of the new Star Trek will truly be a global television event”, added Armando Nuñez, President and CEO of CBS Studios International. “Star Trek is 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. Thanks to our world-class partners at Netflix, the new Star Trek will definitely be ‘hailing on all frequencies’ throughout the planet.”