Netflix, 20th Century Fox TV Distribution Enter into First SVOD Deal25 Jul, 2016 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Pact underscores new attitude towards SVOD by Fox management
Netflix and 20th Century Fox Television Distribution July 25 announced their first subscription streaming video distribution agreement, for FX franchise “American Crime Story.”
The series features the Emmy-nominated first season, The People vs. O.J. Simpson, which just concluded its 10-episode run as cable’s most-watched new series of the year.
“We’re excited to evolve our relationship with Fox and to bring their lauded content to our members around the world,” Sean Carey, VP of global television for Netflix, said in a statement. “Given the popularity of the first season of ‘American Crime Story,’ we are thrilled to offer this acclaimed drama series to our members.”
Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution oversees third-party licensing of productions from 20th Century Fox Films, 20th Century Fox Television, FX and FBC as well as other 21st Century Fox companies.
The parent company, which cautiously embraced SVOD under former COO Chase Carey, has taken off the gloves under new executives James and Lachlan Murdoch — sons of Fox founder Rupert Murdoch.