Seinfeld dumps Crackle for Netflix
January 18, 2017
By Chris Forrester
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld has switched his support away from Sony’s Crackle OTT service to Netflix.
According to Variety, Seinfeld has cut a deal with Netflix which will show 25 episodes of his Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee starting later this year. Netflix will also get rights to the 59 older episodes already screened on Crackle. The show has achieved 3 Emmy nominations.
Netflix has sweetened its temptation to Seinfeld by agreeing to capture two stand-up comedy specials for the comic.
The switch from Sony is a major coup for Netflix, and sees Seinfeld moving on from Sony, which produced all of his Seinfeld massively popular comedy shows.
“When I first started thinking about Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,’ the entire Netflix business model consisted of mailing out DVDs in envelopes,” Seinfeld said in a statement. “I love that we are now joining together, both at very different points. I am also very excited to be working with Ted Sarandos at Netflix, a guy and a place that not only have the same enthusiasm for the art of stand-up comedy as I do, but the most amazing technology platform to deliver it in a way that has never existed before. I am really quite charged up to be moving there.”