Fox's upcoming Batman prequel Gotham is one of the most highly anticipated shows of the Fall 2014 television season, even though we have yet to even see a full episode. Regardless, in what is believed to be the first SVOD deal for a broadcast series made before its premiere,Netflix has bought up the rights for the show.
Under the new pact with Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution, Netflix will become the exclusive subscription video on demand home of the Warner Bros. TV-produced Batman prequel in the U.S. as well as in each of the territories in which the streaming network operates and select other territories in which it plans to launch services.
This means that each season of the show will be made available to Netflix members following their television broadcast run. So, expect Season 1 of Gotham to land on Netflix some time in September 2015, just prior to Season 2. While nothing is being discussed, this new deal is said to be worth about $1.75 million an episode.
The deal was put into motion shortly after the Gotham pilot had a great reception at the L.A. international screenings back in May.
"While we typically license our programming country by country, we have licensed this very special series to Netflix on a multi-territory basis," WBWTD president Jeffrey R. Schlesinger said in a statement yesterday. "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." Ted Sarandos, chief content officer at Netflix, adds: "Gotham is the most anticipated new series of the fall season and we are thrilled to offer it to our members around the world. 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."
Netflix has also made recent deals with Sony for The Blacklist, for $2 million an episode, as well as the upcoming Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul.
Gotham premieres Monday September 22nd, 2014 on Fox at 8 PM.
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