For the first time, streaming video on demand rights have been procured before a network show has even premiered. (Comic-Con doesn’t count) In an announcement today, we found out that Netflix has grabbed the rights to Gotham already. They must expect it to do well because Deadline has estimated the deal to be for about $1.75 million an episode.
This has likely been in the works since the amazing reception the pilot felt at its screenings in L.A. (though lukewarm at SDCC). The hype surrounding the show is still growing as the September 22nd premiere creeps up on us, and this deal should help smooth the transition between network and online audiences. Uncertain streaming situations greatly irritated audiences of shows like Game of Thrones, who had to wait in limbo if they didn’t have HBO Go, OR if HBO GO wasn’t working properly. This should boost Gotham’s viewing numbers up pretty well. The deal may be a blueprint for streaming shows in the future.
GOTHAM is an origin story of the great DC Comics Super-Villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. From executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (“The Mentalist,” “Rome”), GOTHAM follows one cop’s rise through a dangerously corrupt city teetering between good and evil, and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular super heroes of our time.
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