Ryan Murphy Inks Overall Development Deal With Netflix

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Ryan Murphy of “The Normal Heart” accept the award for outstanding television movie at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)

Critically acclaimed producer, director and writer Ryan Murphy (“American Horror Story”) has just inked an overall, multi-year development deal with Netflix, according to a press release on Monday night.

The deal, which kicks in July 1, 2018, includes Murphy’s production banner and will see the production of new series and films from Murphy exclusively with Netflix. According to a press release, the deal will not include Murphy’s existing shows at Fox. Ted Sarandos, CCO at Netflix, praised Murphy’s “brand of storytelling,” which has produced stories that “have influenced the global cultural zeitgeist, reinvented genres and changed the course of television history.”

The deal is a milestone moment for Murphy himself, who 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 $55 dollars in savings in my pocket, so the fact that my dreams have crystallized and come true in such a major way is emotional and overwhelming to me. I am awash in genuine appreciation for Ted Sarandos, Reed Hastings and Cindy Holland at Netflix for believing in me and the future of my company which will continue to champion women, minorities and LGBTQ heroes and heroines, and I am honored and grateful to continue my partnership with my friends and peers at Fox on our existing shows.”

The new deal cements a home for Murphy’s upcoming series “Ratched” and “The Politician,” which will premiere globally on Netflix. Murphy is a prolific creator currently overseeing production on “American Crime Story,” “American Horror Story,” “Feud,” and “9-1-1.” Another of Murphy’s upcoming “Pose,” a show about the 1980s ball scene, has already made history with the biggest cast of trans series regulars ever in scripted television.

Murphy began his flourishing career with the drama “Nip/Tuck,” which won the 2005 Golden Globe for Best Television Series. He then went on to create the Emmy and Golden Globe winning series “Glee,” “American Horror Story,” “Scream Queens,” “American Crime Story” and Emmy nominated anthology series “Feud.” Murphy has also dabbled in film, writing and directing “Running With Scissors” starring Annette Bening and Gwyneth Paltrow, along with “Eat Pray Love” starring Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem. He then triumphed with the cable film “The Normal Heart,” with received 16 Emmy nominations and three Golden Globe nominations, earning an Emmy for Outstanding Television Movie. Murphy also launched his initiatives “Half” and “Half- Internships” to create a more inclusive entertainment industry by providing equal opportunities for women and minorities behind the camera.

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Written by Selina Mixner

Selina is a queer, half-Filipina fangirl who loves TV, film and corgis a little too much. She graduated with a Bachelor's in Literature and Psychology from UC Santa Cruz. Her rules for writing are simple: is it tattoo-worthy? If not, try again.


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