Netflix Inc. continues its push to expand its library, today announcing a multi-year licensing agreement with AMC Networks Inc. A highlight of the deal is that prior seasons of AMC’s original series The Walking Dead will be exclusive to Netflix in the U.S. and Canada, starting with the first season’s episodes available immediately, building up to the new season’s Oct. 12 debut.
The deal also includes additional programming on a non-exclusive basis. Programming from across the AMC Networks portfolio of AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel, and WE tv will become available to Netflix subscribers just before the new season of each series begins. Some examples of what’s included in the agreement are: IFC’s Portlandia and The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret; WE tv’s Braxton Family Values, My Fair Wedding, and Bridezillas; and Sundance Channel’s All On The Line with Joe Zee and Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys.
Netflix already offers Mad Men and Breaking Bad in the U.S. and Latin America through separate agreements with Lions Gate Entertainment and Sony Pictures, demonstrating that entertainment licensing is never simple.
“This agreement supports the cable ‘ecosystem’ by making our content available to Netflix nearly a year following the linear premiere, it brings our content to a wider audience, and it provides additional revenue to support production of new shows,” said AMC Networks president and CEO Josh Sapan in a statement.