Netflix Press Release Confirms Gotham Contract
Netflix, Inc. and
Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution announced today an
unprecedented agreement that makes Netflix the exclusive subscription video
on demand (SVOD) home of the highly anticipated series, Gotham, in each of
the territories in which the world's leading Internet TV network current
operates and select other territories. Each season of the series will be
available to Netflix members following linear broadcast beginning in 2015.
Premiering on September 22 on Fox in the United States, the series draws on
the origin story of Batman, taking place in Gotham City as young Detective
(and future Commissioner) James Gordon and the recently orphaned Bruce Wayne
meet in the troubled days before the arrival of the Dark Knight. With a
stellar cast including Ben McKenzie (Southland, The O.C.), Donal Logue (Sons
of Anarchy, Vikings, Terriers), Jada Pinkett Smith (The Matrix Reloaded,
Ali, Collateral, HawthoRNe) and Sean Pertwee (The Musketeers, Elementary,
Luther, The Tudors), the series follows Gordon's rise from rookie detective
to Police Commissioner as he navigates the layers of corruption that
secretly rule Gotham City.
The action-packed series draws on the stories of the great DC Comics
"Super-Villains and Vigilantes," revealing an entirely new chapter that has
never been told. The one-hour drama follows one cop's rise through a
dangerously corrupt city teetering on the edge of evil and chronicles the
genesis of one of the most popular superheroes of our time.
"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."
"In this era of new business models and expanding windows, this is an
unprecedented deal for our company and our industry," said Jeffrey R.
Schlesinger, President, Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution.
"While we typically license our programming country by country, we have
licensed this very special series to Netflix on a multi-territory basis.
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."
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