LOS ANGELES, Feb 15 — After over 15 years at 20th Century Fox, Ryan Murphy has struck a five-year deal with online streaming service Netflix.
The deal, said to be worth as much as US$300 million (RM1.17 billion), means that Murphy is not only leaving 20th Century Fox but also Disney, should a proposed acquisition go through.
It arrives after Netflix and Murphy had already agreed terms over comedy series The Politician and One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest spin-off Ratched.
Murphy arrived at Fox with 2003’s cosmetic surgery drama Nip/Tuck, which he followed with musical comedy-drama Glee in 2009.
Anthology series American Horror Story was introduced in 2011 and Murphy was involved in American Crime Story, debuting in 2016, while another true-life retelling Feud: Bette and Joan was 2017’s new offering.
Police procedural 9-1-1 began airing on Fox’s FX network in January and another musical drama, Pose, has been announced for midyear.
In August 2017, Netflix announced that it had reached an agreement with Shonda Rhimes, of Disney-ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away With Murder.
Then in December, Disney and Fox unveiled a proposed US$52 billion deal that would see Fox’s entertainment properties come under Disney’s ownership.
Disney, which also owns the ESPN sports television network and has a stake in SVOD service Hulu, is planning to launch its own Disney-branded online streaming service in late 2019. — AFP-Relaxnews