ITV and ITVX have officially announced the renewal of their partnership with Warner Bros. Discovery. This renewed deal grants the channels and their streaming platform the exclusive free-to-air TV and catch-up streaming rights to the beloved Harry Potter film franchise, as well as the Fantastic Beasts series. This exciting agreement marks the first time that all eight films from the Harry Potter series will be available for free on TV and catch-up platforms in the UK, alongside the Fantastic Beasts films.
Furthermore, the deal includes the much-anticipated UK network premiere of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, the latest instalment in the Fantastic Beasts series. This highly anticipated film will make its exclusive debut on the main channels of ITV before becoming available for catch-up viewing on ITVX. Although the precise dates for the transmission of the movie have yet to be confirmed, fans can eagerly anticipate its release.
The agreement between ITV, ITVX, and Warner Bros. Discovery is set to run from mid-2023 until the end of 2025. Throughout this period, the entire film series, including the eight Harry Potter films, will be accessible across ITV1, ITV2, and ITVX. This means that audiences will have multiple channels through which they can enjoy these iconic movies and immerse themselves in the enchanting world of Harry Potter.
Negotiations for this significant deal were carried out by Darren Nartey, the Senior Acquisitions Manager for Film & Kids, and Jonathan Vandermeer, the Director of Rights Strategy. Their efforts have successfully secured the rights for ITV and ITVX, ensuring that UK viewers will have the opportunity to relish the magical adventures of Harry Potter and the captivating stories from the Fantastic Beasts universe for the next couple of years.
As fans eagerly anticipate the forthcoming release of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore and the opportunity to watch the entire Harry Potter film series on free-to-air TV and catch-up platforms, this renewed partnership between ITV, ITVX, and Warner Bros. Discovery promises to bring joy and excitement to audiences across the United Kingdom.