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NETFLIX GRABS GOTHAM BEFORE IT AIRS

September 3, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Netflix has acquired the streaming rights for the new TV series Gotham for all its territories before the series even goes on the air. It will begin offering the prequel to the Batman story — in which the principal characters are the Police Commissioner Gordon character (a rookie detective in the series) and the pre-Batman Bruce Wayne — to subscribers next year. Expressing confidence that the series will become a hit, Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said, “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.” Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but some analysts indicated that Netflix likely paid $1.2­$1.5 million per episode. The series premieres September 22 on Fox in the U.S.