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Netflix Scores Streaming Rights for Batman Spinoff 'Gotham'

NEW YORK (AP) - Netflix Inc. has struck a deal with Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution to run the television series "Gotham" worldwide following its first season.

The highly anticipated show, which will start its initial season on Fox on Sept. 22, occurs in Gotham City and depicts an orphaned Bruce Wayne and future Commissioner James Gordon. Stars include Ben McKenzie and Jada Pinkett Smith.

Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution said that the deal is unique because it's licensed on a multi-territory basis. The company typically licenses programming country by country. Terms weren't disclosed.

Each season of "Gotham" will be available to Netflix members starting next year, once its initial broadcast is complete in each country.

Shares of Netflix added $1.20 to $477.80 in Wednesday premarket trading.

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GOTHAM: (L-R) Robin Lord Taylor, Jada Pinkett Smith, Cory Michael Smith, Clare Foley, Donal Logue, Ben McKenzie, Camren Bicondova, David Mazouz and Sean Pertwee. GOTHAM traces the rise of the great DC Comics Super-Villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. From executive producer/writer Bruno Heller, GOTHAM follows one cop, destined for greatness, as he navigates a dangerously corrupt city teetering on the edge of evil, and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular super heroes of our time. GOTHAM will air Mondays (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) this fall on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 20: Fox's 'Gotham' actress Jada Pinkett Smith poses for a portrait during Fox's 2014 Summer TCA Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 20, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/FOX/FOX Collection/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 20: Fox's 'Gotham' actor Donal Logue poses for a portrait during Fox's 2014 Summer TCA Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 20, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/FOX/FOX Collection/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 20: Fox's 'Gotham' actor Ben McKenzie poses for a portrait during Fox's 2014 Summer TCA Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 20, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/FOX/FOX Collection/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 20: Fox's 'Gotham' actor Donal Logue poses for a portrait during Fox's 2014 Summer TCA Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 20, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/FOX/FOX Collection/Getty Images)
From left, Camren Bicondova, Robin Lord Taylor, Jada Pinkett Smith, Donal Logue and Benjamin McKenzie speak on stage during the "Gotham" panel at the The FOX 2014 Summer TCA held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, July 20, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
From left, Cory Michael Smith, Camren Bicondova, Robin Lord Taylor, Jada Pinkett Smith, Donal Logue, Benjamin McKenzie, Executive Producer Bruno Heller and Executive Producer Danny Cannon speak on stage during the "Gotham" panel at the The FOX 2014 Summer TCA held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, July 20, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Cast members, from left, Andrew Stewart-Jones, Cory Michael Smith, Victoria Cartagena, Ben McKenzie, Zabryna Guevara and Robin Taylor attend a special screening of "Gotham" hosted by FOX at the Crosby Street Hotel on Thursday, June 12, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision for FOX/AP Images)
Writer and executive producer Bruno Heller, left, and executive producer Danny Cannon attend the VIP reception after the "Gotham" Tastemaker screening event at the iPic Theaters on Thursday, June 12, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision for FOX/AP Images)
Actors Ben McKenzie and Zabryna Guevara attend a special screening of "Gotham" hosted by FOX at the Crosby Street Hotel on Thursday, June 12, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision for FOX/AP Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 20: Fox's 'Gotham' actor Robin Lord Taylor poses for a portrait during Fox's 2014 Summer TCA Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 20, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/FOX/FOX Collection/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 11: Ben McKenzie 'filming Fox-Tv's 'Gotham', a 'Batman' Prequel on July 11, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Sands/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 11: Camren Bicondova as 'Catwoman' filming Fox-Tv's 'Gotham', a 'Batman' Prequel on July 11, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Sands/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 11: Ben McKenzie 'filming Fox-Tv's 'Gotham', a 'Batman' Prequel on July 11, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Sands/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 11: Camren Bicondova as 'Catwoman' filming Fox-Tv's 'Gotham', a 'Batman' Prequel on July 11, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Sands/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 11: Ben McKenzie 'filming Fox-Tv's 'Gotham', a 'Batman' Prequel on July 11, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Sands/GC Images)
GOTHAM: (L-R) Robin Lord Taylor and Ben McKenzie. GOTHAM traces the rise of the great DC Comics Super-Villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. From executive producer/writer Bruno Heller and starring Ben McKenzie, Jada Pinkett Smith, Donal Logue, GOTHAM follows one cop, destined for greatness, as he navigates a dangerously corrupt city teetering on the edge of evil, and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular super heroes of our time. GOTHAM will air Mondays (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) this fall on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 11: Ben McKenzie 'filming Fox-Tv's 'Gotham', a 'Batman' Prequel on July 11, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Sands/GC Images)
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