You’ve got to hand it to Netflix; they have a sharp eye for television programming talent and the sense of initiative to bring these brilliant minds under their production umbrella. Maybe they’re simply looking for fresh input in creating original content for their streaming platform. Maybe Netflix is trying to compensate for Disney planning to remove their content from the library, plus the fear that their MCU-Netflix series might get canned as a result. Whatever the reason, the global king of streaming is aggressively recruiting some heavyweight TV writer-producers, and the latest in their new acquisitions: Ryan Murphy.
Entertainment Weekly has it that Netflix has snapped up Ryan Murphy, creator of a myriad of television series like “Glee”, “9-1-1”, “American Horror Story” and “American Crime Story”, for an exclusive producing deal to help develop some new original programming for their streaming platform. This comes in the wake of a former overall deal Murphy had with both 20th Century Fox and FX to create content for their studios. Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos has high praise for Murphy’s series creations for being genre-reinventing and history-changing, TV-wise.
“His unfaltering dedication to excellence and to give voice to the underrepresented, to showcase a unique perspective or just to shock the hell out of us, permeates his genre-shattering work,” Sarandos add. “From ‘Nip/Tuck’ — our first licensed series — to ‘American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson’ and ‘American Horror Story’, we’ve seen how his brand of storytelling captivates consumers and critics across the globe.” The overall deal with Murphy boldly underlines how much they value his creative input; he is getting $300 million for exclusivity. His four-year deal with Fox from back in 2010 was only a paltry $24 million in comparison. He will start work for Netflix after his current contract expires on July 1.
Ryan Murphy’s statement announcing his new streaming service home makes note of the historicity of the moment. “I am a gay kid from Indiana who moved to Hollywood in 1989 with $55 dollars in savings in my pocket,” he says, “so the fact that my dreams have crystallized and come true in such a major way is emotional and overwhelming to me.” The writer-producer then expressed his gratitude towards Netflix for believing in him and the work of his production company, also promising to continue his theme of championing women, the LGBT and minorities in his shows.
Aside from Murphy, the other major creative force gotten by Netflix is Shonda Rhimes, who back in 2017 was enticed by the streaming service to a similar exclusive creative deal from her original home at ABC, where hits such as “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” aired.
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