While an announcement of new streaming rights is hardly a surprising topic for Netflix to get into, it is believed that their newest one has cost them the most financially.
With the recently-confirmed acquisition of streaming rights to NBC crime drama The Blacklist, it is rumoured that Netflix have paid a huge average of $2 million per episode for the chance to broadcast the show to subscribers, breaking not only their own company records, but unsurprisingly given their position a record average fee paid in the streaming industry as a whole for a TV series.
The gleeful recipients of this money will be series production studio Sony Pictures TV, who will have received $44m in total for the 22-episode first season if the reported figures are correct.
The previous record holder in the ‘per episode’ category was The Walking Dead on AMC, which AMC were paid $1.35 million per episode for, again by Netflix.
The critically-acclaimed series, which stars James Spader and Megan Boone (pictured), held strong ratings and record-breaking time-shift and DVR performances. Looking to cash in further, Sony are believed to be planning to sell syndication rights as well, taking total earnings for each episode above current market leaders Elementary on CBS (with $3m for each installment). With a second 22-episode season to come beginning 22 September, Sony aren’t about to get blacklisted from banks anytime soon…