‘Glee,’ ‘American Horror Story’ creator moving to Netflix

14 Feb, 2018 4:26 pm

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – After over 15 years at 20th Century Fox, Ryan Murphy has struck a five-year deal with online streaming service Netflix.

The deal, said to be worth as much as $300m USD, means that Murphy is not only leaving 20th Century Fox but also Disney, should a proposed acquisition go through.

It arrives after Netflix and Murphy had already agreed terms over comedy series “The Politician” and “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” spin-off “Ratched.”

Murphy arrived at Fox with 2003’s cosmetic surgery drama “Nip/Tuck,” which he followed with musical comedy-drama “Glee” in 2009.

Anthology series “American Horror Story” was introduced in 2011 and Murphy was involved in “American Crime Story,” debuting in 2016, while another true-life retelling “Feud: Bette and Joan” was 2017’s new offering.

Police procedural “9-1-1” began airing on Fox’s FX network in January and another musical drama, “Pose,” has been announced for midyear.

In August 2017, Netflix announced that it had reached an agreement with Shonda Rhimes, of Disney-ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal,” and “How to Get Away With Murder.”

Then in December, Disney and Fox unveiled a proposed $52bn deal that would see Fox’s entertainment properties come under Disney’s ownership.

Disney, which also owns the ESPN sports television network and has a stake in SVOD service Hulu, is planning to launch its own Disney-branded online streaming service in late 2019.

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