'Glee' and 'American Horror Story' producer Ryan Murphy lands 5-year deal with Netflix worth up to $300 million

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  • Famed “Glee” and “American Horror Story” producer Ryan Murphy is pulling up stakes from 21st Century Fox and going to Netflix in a five-year deal worth as much as $US300 million, The New York Times reported on Tuesday night.
  • When finalised, the agreement will be the most lucrative deal ever for a producer. “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy” creator Shonda Rimes inked a $US100 million deal with Netflix in August.
  • Murphy’s tie-up with Netflix comes as his contract with 21st Century Fox nears its end. His move could be a significant loss for Fox, which announced in December that it would sell a number of its television production assets to Disney for $US52.4 billion.

Ryan Murphy, the producer behind the hit TV shows “Glee,” “American Horror Story,” and “Nip/Tuck,” has landed at Netflix in a five-year deal worth as much as $US300 million, The New York Times reported on Tuesday.

The deal represents the largest-ever for a television producer according to the The Times, and follows a $US100 million agreement the streaming service reached with “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy” creator Shonda Rimes in August.

The Murphy-Netflix arrangement materialised as the producer’s current relationship with 21st Century Fox nears its end, and two months after Disney agreed to buy some of Fox’s television production assets for $US52.4 billion in December.

In a statement to The Times, Murphy said, “The history of this moment is not lost on me. I am a gay kid from Indiana who moved to Hollywood in 1989 with $US55 of savings in my pocket, so the fact that my dreams have crystallised and come true in such a major way is emotional and overwhelming to me.”

Bringing Murphy to Netflix also gives the company a potential edge over its streaming rivals, Hulu and Amazon. Hulu has beefed up its original offerings – most recently earning accolades for the drama, “A Handmaids’ Tale.” Hulu also swept the Emmys last year, and dealt a blow to Netflix by getting shows like “30 Rock,” which left Netflix in October, and the 1990s sitcom, “Will and Grace.”

Murphy officially moves to Netflix in July.

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