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Netflix buys rights to show before it has even premiered

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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savannahswithgod September 03 2014 at 9:59 AM

Shame the Bastards can't go back 50 years and get '12 O'clock High'!

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gmfunding September 03 2014 at 6:30 PM

Props to Netflix for taking on this challenge. I'm tired of the big networks airing new shows only to cancel them after the first season....FOX..cough, cough!!

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scmchamp September 03 2014 at 9:18 AM

awesome....I saw the promo's and look forward to seeing the series...but now that netflix has it, I know that I won't miss any showing...

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Velocity105 September 03 2014 at 2:08 PM

Ha ha, it's going to flop and Netflix will be on the hook for millions. People are waiting for the Batman vs. Superman flick, they don't care about some TV show with a cast of nobodies.

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William Cohan Velocity105 September 04 2014 at 8:53 AM

Did you watch the promo? The show is high quality tv, rich, detailed production, carefully selected cast, each perfect for there part, and a unique point of view in that period of time between 10 yr old bruce wayne's parents murder and the adult batman, nobody has captured that period of time. The show is well done and has probability of major success, so netfilx made a very smart move.

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pyrewoman September 03 2014 at 3:13 PM

Man, I love Donal Logue, but I am not even remotely interested in this series.
I certainly can't imagine paying netflix for it.
Can we bring back Terriers instead? Maybe get him a role on something good like GoT or Banshee?

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Patricia,,,,, September 03 2014 at 6:32 PM

It hasn't been on TV yet but they have seen it in preview screening so they know what it is ,,,,,

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