WWE and Warner Bros. have announced a major joint-deal allowing the big name film company to have the rights to the distribution of major WWE material. Below is a press release announcing the deal.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and WWE® Announce New Partnership
BURBANK, Calif. & STAMFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) and WWE (NYSE:WWE) have announced a multi-year partnership for home video distribution of WWE programming that will start on January 1, 2015 and include US distribution rights for physical and digital formats.
The new agreement will provide WBHE the home entertainment distribution rights to release new documentaries, match compilations and pay-per-view events, including WrestleMania® and SummerSlam®, as well as a robust catalog of collectible titles throughout the US. The companies have recently worked together on two animated series tied to the Scooby Doo and The Flintstones franchises.
WWE is an iconic brand that has one of the most passionate fan bases in sports and entertainment, said Jeff Brown, General Manager and Executive Vice President, Television, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Since WWE titles accounted for all of the Top 10 sports DVDs of 2013 and WrestleMania® 29 was the #1 sports title, were very excited to expand our distribution in 2015 and beyond.
We are thrilled to partner with Warner Bros Home Entertainment, a brand that has proven itself to be the market leader, said Casey Collins, Executive Vice President, Consumer Products, WWE. They have already demonstrated success leveraging the WWE brand with the hit Scooby Doo! WrestleMania Mystery, and we look forward to expanding our home video relationship utilizing their expertise.
As noted in the release, WWE and Warner Bros. will be teaming up once more with a new “Scooby Doo!” film and are still at work on one involving “The Flintstones.” It had at one time been speculated the company would be interested in purchasing WWE’s tape library as well.
Well…get used to seeing that big WB logo on your television screen and on the WWE Network soon.