At a time when massive deals have recently closed for “Seinfeld” and “The Big Bang Theory,” a deal could be in the works that would dwarf both of them.
“Dick Wolf may be the only producer on the planet who can top ‘Big Bang Theory’s’ eye-popping five-year, multibillion-dollar streaming and syndication deal with WarnerMedia, announced Sept. 17,” The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports. “The Hollywood Reporter has learned that the prolific producer and executives at Comcast, his home of nearly three decades, are in early discussions for a mass licensing deal that, if Wolf has his way, could include the complete catalog of ‘Law & Order’ and spinoffs ‘SVU’ and ‘Criminal Intent’; his three ‘Chicago’ shows; potentially CBS’ ‘FBI’ as well as ‘New York Undercover’; and unscripted shows like ‘Cold Justice.'”
The report notes that the list adds up to 72 seasons and 1,568 total hours of content — not to mention a possible green light for the updated “New York Undercover,” which is in play after ABC passed on it in May.
“Factor in unscripted and those rare one-and-done ‘Law & Order’ spinoffs, and there’s another 150 episodes of crime-focused programming ready to be streamed,” THR adds.
The report also notes: “Sources say NBCUniversal’s newly named Peacock is among the outlets eyeing what is sure to be one of the most complex and richest library deals ever, as other potential bidders have begun to surface. Those include WarnerMedia-backed HBO Max, the new streaming home of said billion-dollar-plus ‘Big Bang’ library, with others likely to emerge as the shopping process continues.”