Valar Morghulis, everyone! David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, Game of Thrones showrunners, are coming to Netflix after leaving rival HBO for a $200 million paycheck!
So far this year, Netflix has brought a talented lineup to develop their exclusive TV shows and films to compete with the upcoming streaming services Hulu, Amazon Prime, and even Disney+.
As we all know and understand now, Netflix has been giving the paycheck left and right, from showrunners to the show themselves. 2018 was the year the streaming behemoth cashed out more that $12 billion to use as a means to buy, license and produce content. 2019, though, we’re on to bigger, more expensive things as Netflix is reportedly shelling out $20 billion in revenue––even spending $3 billion for their marketing stunts.
Back to the award-winning duo that is Benioff and Weiss, the two have been well-known to be the minds behind arguably the best TV series to ever exist, Game of Thrones. Behind the backlash for the last few seasons’ writing, I think they held well despite the absence of author George R. R. Martin’s source materials to work with.
Michael Pachter, an analyst from Wedbush Securities, said “Either [Benioff and Weiss] are the next Steven Spielberg or they are the next Michael Cimino.”
Asked who of the two, Pachter said, “I’d say somewhere in between. They might be good enough to justify the price, but they might not be. Remember, they still have to produce something, and if it’s not great, it isn’t worth it.”
Not to scare Netflix but THE Ryan Murphy who was paid a whopping $300 million for a contract of five years said he has more or less 10 on-going projects in store for the streaming platform––4 TV shows, 3 documentaries and 3 movies––but only one has been given a release date. I mean, it’s progress for Murphy, but I hope Netflix is having their money’s worth with these paychecks.