The new partnership was unveiled by Warner Bros. co-chairs and CEOs Michael De Luca and Pamela Abdy — who recently arrived from MGM — and MGM COO Christopher Brearton.
The new multiyear deal encompasses the theatrical distribution of MGM films in territories outside of the United States, including China. The new agreement also includes worldwide physical home entertainment distribution on all newly released MGM titles.
Under the terms of this arrangement, MGM and Warner Bros. will collaborate on marketing, advertising, publicity, film distribution and exhibitor relations on behalf of MGM’s future slate of theatrical releases outside the North American theatrical market, with Warner Bros. responsible for execution.
Previously, MGM titles were released overseas by Universal Pictures. Under the terms of the old contract, Bond 26 will be released in cinemas by Universal Pictures. Initially, it was emphasised that the distribution agreement between MGM and Universal Pictures was only for Bond 25 (No Time To Die).
The terms of the new MGM agreement with Warner Bros. includes the international distribution of subsequent James Bond films, from Bond 27 onward, should the film(s) be released within the time period of the partnership. It is currently understood that the new multi-year deal can be extended beyond three years, with the option for an additional two year period.
The deal was brokered by Michael De Luca and Pamela Abdy, who previously served as the Chairman and President on MGM Studios, and are understood to have had a strong working relationship with James Bond producers, Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson.
Speaking on the deal, De Luca and Abdy said “Warner Bros. and MGM have a long and really successful history of working together, and we’re glad that our companies are back in partnership. Our studios and executives share a commitment and passion for bringing high quality films of all genres to global audiences, so this is a win for moviegoers and the movie business overall.”