The first streaming pacts for two big Chuck Lorre hits, ‘The Big Bang Theory’ and ‘Two and a Half Men’ should be huge mega deals.
“WarnerMedia had been looking to secure Warner Bros. TV’s latest comedy blockbuster, ‘The Big Bang Theory,’ in a deal which industry observers had expected to cross the $1 billion mark,” reports Deadline’s co-editor-in-chief for TV, Nellie Andreeva.
She adds, “I now hear that [WarnerMedia’s] HBO Max is in conversations for both ‘Big Bang’ and ‘2.5 Men,’ with the package possibly fetching as much as $1.5 billion.”
Andreeva further reports that “Part of the reason why the price tag is so big is because, unlike ‘Friends’ and ‘The Office,’ which have been drawing millions of old and new viewers on Netflix, ‘Big Bang’ and ‘2.5 Men’ have never been exposed to streaming beyond a few ‘stacked’ recent episodes of ‘Big Bang’ on CBS All Access over the last several seasons. WBTV similarly held back ‘Friends’ until scoring the big deal with Netflix in 2014.
Andreeva says we should expect both ‘Big Bang” and “2.5 Men’ on HBO Max when it launches in spring, 2020.
As for the Sony distributed “Seinfeld,” Andreeva writes that the show “is tied up until 2021 in its exclusive SVOD deal at Hulu. I hear that in the previous negotiations, Sony synched up the off-network cable deal for ‘Seinfeld’ at TBS with the streaming pact at Hulu, so all rights become available at the same time.”
The story adds, “HBO Max would be an obvious choice as ‘Seinfeld’ is owned by Warner Bros. via Castle Rock, as is the series’ current cable network home, TBS.
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