October 4, 2019
With Netflix set to begin streaming the third season of original series “The Crown” Nov. 17, the subscription streaming video behemoth has reportedly signed series showrunner Peter Morgan to an exclusive big-money production deal.
Media reports suggest the pact includes seasons four, five and six of “The Crown,” among other projects, including movies.
Morgan’s screenwriting efforts include Oscar-winning The Queen,
Frost/Nixon, The Last King of Scotland and The Damned United.
The signing comes after Netflix renewed hit series “Stranger Things” for a fourth season and signed series creators and showrunners the Duffer brothers to a multiyear film and series overall deal.
Media companies continue scramble to secure/acquire content creators ahead of the November launch of Apple TV+ and Disney+ subscription streaming services.
WarnerMedia and Comcast’s NBC Universal are launching proprietary streaming services early next year.
WarnerMedia last month inked “Star Wars,” “Star Trek” and “Mission: Impossible” director J.J. Abrams to an exclusive production deal reportedly worth upwards of $500 million for its pending HBO Max service.
“Fleabag” creator and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge signed a production deal with Amazon Studios.
Waller-Bridge’s breakout hit won Outstanding Comedy Series, with the actress also picking up Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, and Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series.