Score one for the streaming service. After being heavily courted by Disney, Ryan Murphy – the creator of hugely successful shows like Nip/Tuck, Glee, and American Horror Story – has signed an exclusive 5 year deal with Netflix, reportedly worth $250-300 Million.
This is another big win for Netflix, who recently signed comic book guru Mark Millar to an exclusive deal as well (which he discussed on our El Fanboy Podcast). Netflix CCO, Ted Sarandos, had this to say about signing Murphy:
“Ryan Murphy’s series have influenced the global cultural zeitgeist, reinvented genres and changed the course of television history. 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. 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. His celebrated body of work and his contributions to our industry speak for themselves, and we look forward to supporting Ryan in bringing his broad and diverse stories to the world.”
Ryan Murphy’s deal with Fox ends later in the year, and will begin with Netflix on July 1st. Murphy had this to say about the monumental deal:
“The history of this moment is not lost on me. I am a gay kid from Indiana who moved to Hollywood in 1989 with $55 in savings in my pocket, so the fact that my dreams have crystallized and come true in such a major way is emotional and overwhelming to me. I am awash in genuine appreciation for Ted Sarandos, Reed Hastings, and Cindy Holland at Netflix for believing in me and the future of my company, which will continue to champion women, minorities, and LGBTQ heroes and heroines, and I am honored and grateful to continue my partnership with my friends and peers at Fox on our existing shows.”
For Netflix to score a talent like this is really a win for them. Amazon and Hulu have already gained ground on them, and with Disney launching their own streaming service next year, things will become even more difficult. To have a visionary like Murphy creating content, and in turn, bringing more talent to them, is huge.
Are you excited to see what Ryan Murphy brings to Netflix? Or will you be sad to see him leave “traditional” television?