Netflix has taken the exclusive SVOD (Subscription Video-On-Demand) rights to Fox’s Batman prequel series Gotham after striking a deal with Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution.
This deal, which is being hailed by both sides as “unprecedented”, gives Netflix rights to the show in all territories where the streaming service has a presence (and select other territories where Netflix is soon to launch). Gotham will debut on Netflix next year, following the linear broadcast of the show’s first season.
It is understood that Netflix is paying north of £1 million per episode for the series and that talks between the two for a multi-territory deal began shortly after the LA Screenings. The deal was complex due to WB’s existing output deals with numerous broadcasters in Europe and as such took more than four months to wrap up. In that time WB also sold Gotham to UK broadcaster Channel 5, who have linear first run rights to the show.
“Gotham is the most anticipated new series of the fall season and we are thrilled to offer it to our members around the world,” said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer at Netflix. “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.”
“While we typically license our programming country by country, we have licensed this very special series to Netflix on a multi-territory basis”, said Jeffrey R. Schlesinger, President of Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution. “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.”