Netflix UK & Ireland has reached a deal with Sony Pictures Television to acquire the exclusive rights to Better Call Saul, the upcoming Breaking Bad spin-off which is due to air on AMC in 2014. The series will launch on Netflix UK & Ireland within days of its US premiere next year.
In addition, Netflix has also taken exclusive rights to the series across Europe and in Latin America, while the first season will also be made available to members in the US and Canada shortly after the season finale airs on AMC.
Created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, Better Call Saul tells the story of mall-based super lawyer Saul Goodman in the years before he became Walter White’s attorney. From parking tickets to mass murder, from slip-and-fall to bond fraud, Saul handles it all. Sony Pictures Television is producing the series, with Bob Odenkirk (pictured) set to reprise his role as Saul Goodman.
This deal with Sony Pictures Television, which makes Netflix the exclusive subscription television service for Better Call Saul, comes at a time when Netflix is making an aggressive push into originals and after the streaming giant expressed an interest in finding more exclusive first run content for Netflix UK. It also comes after Netflix UK became the exclusive broadcaster of Breaking Bad when they picked up the series in 2012, following the series’ less than successful runs on FX and 5USA.
“’Breaking Bad’ is widely recognized as one of the great TV experiences in this new golden age of television,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s Chief Content Officer. “It has also proven very popular with Netflix subscribers around the world. This spin-off promises to continue its tradition of powerful storytelling. We are proud to be in business with Sony Pictures Television to bring Saul Goodman to our subscribers around the world.”
While Steve Mosko, President of Sony Pictures Television, added: “Coming off of the overwhelming success of ‘Breaking Bad,’ we’re excited to continue our collaboration with Vince, as well as Peter Gould, and that fans around the world will be able to embrace ‘Saul.’”
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