David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, creators of HBO smash Game of Thrones, have inked a production deal with Netflix.
Deadline reported that it looks like a five-year deal worth as much as $300 million. The Hollywood Reporter called it a multi-year pact worth $200 million.
HBO aired the Game of Thrones series finale May 19. Fully 19.3 million viewers watched on linear TV, HBO Go and HBO Now.
Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos told Deadline, “We are thrilled to welcome master storytellers David Benioff and Dan Weiss to Netflix. They are a creative force and have delighted audiences worldwide with their epic storytelling. We can’t wait to see what their imaginations will bring to our members.”
HBO was nominated for 137 Emmys, with Game of Thrones in the running for 32. Netflix was next at 117.
Benioff and Weiss said in a joint statement, "We’ve had a beautiful run with HBO for more than a decade and we’re grateful to everyone there for always making us feel at home.” They added, “Netflix has built something astounding and unprecedented, and we're honored they invited us to join them."
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Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.