Netflix obtains rights to ‘Gotham’ weeks ahead of premiere on Fox

Tep Mayo – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Hollywood, CA, United States (4E) – In an unprecedented move, Netflix obtains rights to the highly anticipated DC Entertainment television show “Gotham” before the show even premiered on Fox. Deadline first reported the news.

“Gotham,” the Batman prequel based on James Gordon’s early days as a policeman in Gotham City, will air its pilot episode on Monday, Sept. 22, at 8 p.m., and Netflix just made a deal with Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution that it will acquire exclusive subscription video on demand rights for the show in all the territories where the streaming service operates.

In a statement, Netflix’s chief content officer, Ted Sarandos, experessed his excitement:

“‘Gotham’ is the most anticipated new series of the fall season and we are thrilled to offer it to our members around the world,” he said. “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.”

“Gotham” will steam on Netflix beginning fall 2015, after the show’s broadcast run.

Priort to this, Netflix just recently picked up NBC’s crime drama from Sony Pictures Television “Blacklist” for a reported million per episode. However, Netflix did not announce how much it paid for “Gotham.”

Netflix is known for its award-winning original series “Orange Is the New Black” and “House of Cards”.

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