- David Benioff and Dan Weiss, the two showrunners behind “Game of Thrones,” are leaving HBO for Netflix.
- Netflix reportedly beat out Disney, HBO, and Amazon to an exclusive deal with Benioff and Weiss.
- The price for that exclusivity is said to be in the $US200 million range.
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The creative duo behind the biggest show in the past 20 years,“Game of Thrones,” are moving to Netflix.
David Benioff and Dan Weiss are leaving HBO for Netflix in a $US200 million deal, The Hollywood Reporter said, citing sources.
HBO, Amazon, Apple, and Disney were also thought to be courting the duo. Deadline described the Netflix deal as “an overall global deal to write, produce, and direct new series and films.”
Following the conclusion of “Game of Thrones” earlier this year, the writing duo signed a deal with Disney to create a new series of “Star Wars” films. The first of those new films is expected in December 2022.
“We are thrilled to welcome master storytellers David Benioff and Dan Weiss to Netflix,” Netflix’s chief content officer, Ted Sarandos, said in a statement. “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.”
Following the polarising last season of “Game of Thrones,” angry fans of the show created a campaign aimed at “Google bombing” the showrunners: When you search Google Images for the phrase “bad writers,” the “Game of Thrones” showrunners are the first thing to show up.
That campaign, however, clearly didn’t affect Benioff and Weiss’ ability to stay gainfully employed.
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