It's been almost a decade since Glee made Ryan Murphy a household name to a younger generation, and longer still since Nip/Tuck put him on our radar. Now, after years of partnership with 20th Century Television, where he made both Nip/Tuck and Glee along with wildly popular series like American Horror Story and American Crime Story, Murphy is headed to the streaming giant Netflix for the next chapter of his career.
According to The New York Times, the deal, worth an estimated $300 million, comes at a time when Murphy's contract with 20th Century is expiring. Murphy was reportedly taking a "wait-and-see" approach to his renewal in light of the studio's pending sale to Disney. It seems Murphy had deals on the table from all three streaming services as well as his renewal offer from 20th Century. With its future uncertain, Murphy opted out his current studio and went the way of Shonda Rhimes.
"Ryan Murphy's series have influenced the global cultural zeitgeist, reinvented genres and changed the course of television history. His unfaltering dedication to excellence and to give voice to the underrepresented, to showcase a unique perspective or just to shock the hell out of us, permeates his genre-shattering work," said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer at Netflix to The Hollywood Reporter. "From Nip/Tuck - our first licensed series - to American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson and American Horror Story, we've seen how his brand of storytelling captivates consumers and critics across the globe. His celebrated body of work and his contributions to our industry speak for themselves, and we look forward to supporting Ryan in bringing his broad and diverse stories to the world."
Netflix audiences are already familiar with Murphy's work, with series like Glee and American Horror Story already available on the streaming service, but Murphy never intended to take a seat at the table. Earlier this year amid the talk of the Disney buyout Murphy told reporters he had his "mausoleum picked out" and that he had planned to be "buried on the Fox lot." Now, we'll have to see if he has the same synergy in his new partnership.