ABC Family has acquired the final two chapters of the “Harry Potter” film franchise in a deal with Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution (WBDTD), it was announced today by Tom Zappala, Executive Vice President, Program Acquisitions & Scheduling, ABC Cable Networks Group. The acquisitions of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1” (released this weekend) and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2” (in theaters on July 15, 2011) gives ABC Family the first position window for basic cable for all eight “Harry Potter” films to date.
“Our viewers have come to know ABC Family as the television destination for the ‘Harry Potter’ films. They’re enormously beloved by our audience and the world over,” said Zappala. “We’re thrilled to extend our long-standing relationship with Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution to include the final two installments.”
“ABC Family identified very early that the ‘Harry Potter’ movies were destined to become an enormously popular franchise, and they committed to making ABC Family the television home for ‘Harry Potter,’” said Ken Werner, President, Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution. “This strategy has paid huge dividends for them and all ‘Potter’ fans. We are thrilled by our collaboration over the years and excited to extend the relationship through the final two films.”
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1” will premiere on ABC Family in Spring 2013, and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2” will make its basic cable debut on ABC Family in Winter 2013.