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Producer Murphy joins Netflix in $300m deal

February 15, 2018

By Nik Roseveare

Multi-award-winning producer, director and writer Ryan Murphy, and his Ryan Murphy Productions company, have agreed a deal to produce new series and films exclusively for Netflix, starting July 1st.

Murphy, who is behind a string of hot shows for Fox, has reportedly signed a 5-year deal with Netflix worth $300 million (€240m). Disney was also said to be in talks to hire him as they prepare to launch their own SVoD service, but have lost out to a key rival.

“Ryan Murphy’s series have influenced the global cultural zeitgeist, reinvented genres and changed the course of television history. His unfaltering dedication to excellence and to give voice to the underrepresented, to showcase a unique perspective or just to shock the hell out of us, permeates his genre-shattering work,” commented Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer at Netflix. From Nip/Tuck – our first licensed series – to American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson and American Horror Story, we’ve seen how his brand of storytelling captivates consumers and critics across the globe. His celebrated body of work and his contributions to our industry speak for themselves, and we look forward to supporting Ryan in bringing his broad and diverse stories to the world.”

“The history of this moment is not lost on me,” said Murphy. “I am a gay kid from Indiana who moved to Hollywood in 1989 with $55 dollars in savings in my pocket, so the fact that my dreams have crystallised and come true in such a major way is emotional and overwhelming to me. I am awash in genuine appreciation for Ted Sarandos, Reed Hastings and Cindy Holland at Netflix for believing in me and the future of my company which will continue to champion women, minorities and LGBTQ heroes and heroines, and I am honored and grateful to continue my partnership with my friends and peers at Fox on our existing shows.”

Ryan Murphy’s new original series, Ratched and The Politician, will premiere globally on Netflix.

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