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Warner and J.K. Rowling Reach Wide-Ranging Deal

Michael Cieply for The New York Times:

Warner Brothers is doubling down on the J. K. Rowling business. The studio, whose blockbuster “Harry Potter” films have generated billions of dollars for the company, announced on Thursday that it had concluded a deal with Ms. Rowling that will include new movies, distribution rights to a television mini-series and new theme park attractions.

A new film series centered around Newt Scamander that Rowling is writing and is “very excited” about, distribution rights for The Casual Vacancy miniseries in production by the BBC, and continued theme park deals. These are exciting times, my friends.