Creators and showrunners of Game of Thrones David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have dropped HBO to work for Netflix under a lucrative deal.
The deal is a big move for the streaming giant as the pair parted ways from the television cable landscape to the online streaming platform. Netflix’s content chief Ted Sarandos announced the deal in a glowing statement released Wednesday.
“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.”
The Hollywood Reporter reports that the pact signed by Benioff and Weiss is a multi-year film and series contract. Its estimated worth is reportedly at least USD200 million with other outlets claiming it could be as high as USD300 million.
This isn’t the first time Netflix invested on a nine-figure deal, Ryan Murphy and Shonda Rhimes has signed on to similar pacts. Murphy is known for Glee, American Horror Story and its spin-off, American Crimes Story. Rhimes is credited for creating Grey’s Anatomy and How to Get Away with Murder. In addition to that, Kenya Barris creator of Black-ish is also onboard the Netflix train with a $100 million pact.
Benioff and Wise also released a statement regarding the new partnership saying, “Netflix has built something astounding and unprecedented, and we’re honored they invited us to join them.” Amid the streaming wars, Netflix seems to be making the right steps toward conquering.
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