Netflix Nabs AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’7 Oct, 2011 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Streaming pioneer continues to secure license agreements for eclectic programming heretofore the domain of pay-TV giants HBO and Showtime
Netflix Oct. 7 scored another content license coup when it secured exclusive rights to the prior season of AMC Network’s critically acclaimed zombie series “The Walking Dead” in the United States and Canada.
Financial terms of the multiyear deal were not disclosed. Netflix said it would receive future seasons of “The Walking Dead” prior to the show’s subsequent network run, in addition to programming from the Sundance Channel. The latter includes “All On The Line” and “Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys,” among others.
“The Walking Dead,” which just began its second season, follows the travails of a Georgia sheriff and his partner who, together with his family and others, try to outmaneuver mutant zombies in post-apocalyptic Atlanta.
“AMC’s programming sensibilities have struck a chord with our members and with the overall viewing public,” Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement.
AMC Networks, which produces the critically acclaimed “Breaking Bad” serial now in its final season, was recently spun off by parent Cablevision Systems Corp. in New York. Its properties include AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel, WE tv and IFC Films.