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Netflix nabs exclusive streaming rights to 'Gotham' ahead of premiere

Poster from San Diego Comic Con 2014
Poster from San Diego Comic Con 2014

Netflix has acquired the global rights to Fox's "Gotham," arguably the fall TV season's most anticipated show. Viewers won't lay eyes on the pilot for another two and a half weeks, but according to Deadline, Netflix believes in its success so much that it dropped a reported $1.75 million an episode to offer up each season immediately after the broadcast run.

"Gotham" is a Batman prequel that will introduce audiences to a new world where James Gordon is a young detective and Bruce Wayne is a boy traumatized in the aftermath of witnessing the murder of his parents.

"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," Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer at Netflix, said in a statement released by the company.”

The deal is the first of its kind for Warner Bros, which has never granted rights on this scale before. "While we typically license our programming country by country, we have licensed this very special series to Netflix on a multi-territory basis," company president Jeffrey R. Schlesinger said in the same statement. "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."

The streaming giant has also acquired NBC's breakout hit "The Blacklist" and "Better Call Saul," the prequel to the popular AMC series "Breaking Bad." Chelsea Handler's new talk show will stream in 2016 as well. These strategic moves come as the competition in the industry continues to grow. Amazon, for example, landed rights to HBO's catalog of original shows this past spring, and Hulu is getting buzz for its original content.

"Gotham" stars Ben McKenzie ("The O.C." and "Southland") as James Gordon and premieres September 22nd on Fox.

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