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Netflix Gets Streaming Rights to New Fox Drama 'Gotham'

2 Sep, 2014 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Ben McKenzie as Detective James Gordon in 'Gotham'

SVOD pioneer reportedly paying Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution $1.75 million an episode for upcoming Batman prequel on Fox TV

Netflix has reportedly secured exclusive streaming rights to upcoming Fox TV Batman prequel “Gotham” from series creator Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution. The broadcast debut is Sept. 22.

The SVOD pioneer is paying $1.75 million an episode for the first season, which will begin streaming in all Netflix territories in 2015, according to Deadline.com. The financial figure is less than the reported $2 million per episode fee Netflix is paying Sony Pictures Television for the first season of NBC’s “The Blacklist.”

The agreement is noteworthy in that Netflix has streaming rights globally and not just select territories. Warner maintains initial TV broadcast, syndication and home entertainment distribution rights across all territories.

“In this era of new business models and expanding windows, this is an unprecedented deal for our company and our industry,” Jeffrey Schlesinger,  WBWTD president, said in a statement. “Netflix is a perfect home for “Gotham” following its initial broadcast in each respective country, giving Netflix subscribers the opportunity to catch up prior to the new season, whether they’re already fans or discovering it for the first time.”

“Gotham” is based on the Batman characters that appear in DC Comics, and stars Ben McKenzie as Detective James Gordon, who later becomes Commissioner Gordon of Gotham City. Other cast members include Donal Logue, Jada Pinkett Smith and Sean Pertwee.

“The Batman origin story is sure to have massive global appeal so it is fitting that, along with Warner Television, we have created a new model for distributing a show that international and domestic audiences will love,” Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer with Netflix, said in a statement.

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