HBO Max is stepping up its game big time.
The upcoming streaming service just inked a reported multi-billion deal to acquire streaming and syndication rights of the hit CBS sitcom “The Big Bang Theory” as reported by The Hollywood Reporter. Being one of the most popular shows of the past two decades, there’s no question as to why the series came with such a staggering price tag.
In comparison, classic sitcoms like Friends, The Office and Seinfeld were bought at around a half-billion price range by their perspective streaming platforms. Friends was acquired by HBO Max and NBCUniversal’s Peacock bought the rights to The Office. Meanwhile, Netflix which lost the streaming rights of the aforementioned shows cashed out USD500 million to acquire Sony TV’s Seinfeld.
The Big Bang Theory series creator expressed his support of moving the show to HBO Max in a statement to THR saying:
“I am forever grateful to have been part of something as extraordinary as The Big Bang Theory. All of us — Bill Prady, Steven Molaro, Steve Holland, and the amazing writing staff, cast and crew — recognize that 12 seasons of laughter is a gift to be cherished. And now we are extremely excited that TBBT will be joining the HBO Max lineup and be available to both existing and future fans of the show. Laughter has legs!”
During over a decade of the series’ run from 2007 to 2009, the show has been honored with a staggering 46 Emmy nominations. Out of the 46 nods, the show managed to take home seven including an Outstanding Lead Actor for a Comedy Series for the show’s star, Jim Parsons (Sheldon Cooper).
Ben is is a senior journalist and sport columnist for Best in Australia. He previously worked for the BC and other radio stations.