While Netflix has scored some coups in original content, it has arguably been slacking on deals for conventional TV shows -- Amazon has landed numerous exclusives on that front in recent months. Netflix may be making up for lost time, however, with a multi-year subscription exclusive in the US for Fox's New Girl. Effective immediately, customers can stream the Zooey Deschanel comedy's first season; further seasons will come online as they finish their initial TV runs. We doubt that New Girl by itself will lead to many converts from other services, but its presence on Netflix proves that Amazon can't let its guard down.
Netflix Brings New Girl To U.S. Members In an Exclusive Multi-Year Streaming Deal with Twentieth Century Fox Television
Breakout Primetime Comedy Hit Instantly Available to watch on Netflix starting Today
Jul 1, 2013
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., July 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Netflix, Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) and Twentieth Century Fox Television, today announced a new multi-year exclusive subscription video on demand agreement for one of the most popular primetime comedies on air today. The first season of New Girl will be available for members to watch instantly beginning today, July 1st. Subsequent seasons of the Golden Globe® nominated show will all be available to Netflix after the broadcast seasons.
"New Girl has proven to be the biggest breakout sitcom hit of the season and we are thrilled to be able offer it so quickly to our U.S. subscribers," said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. "We know our members love comedies and that they'll enjoy watching all the current and future episodes of New Girl whenever and wherever they want."
"We are delighted that Netflix viewers will now have the opportunity to enjoy this remarkable comedy," said Gina Brogi, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Pay Television and Subscription Video on Demand, Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution. She added, "As a leader in digital distribution, Netflix is an important partner for us. We are thrilled to continue building our relationship with them."
New Girl, recently renewed for a third season on FOX, is a fresh comedy series from executive producer and writer Liz Meriwether (No Strings Attached), centering on an offbeat girl Jess (Zooey Deschanel), who, after a bad breakup, moves in with three single guys, changing all their lives in an unexpected way. The hit ensemble comedy struck a chord early on with viewers with its fresh look at modern relationships.
New Girl is produced by Chernin Entertainment in association with 20th Century Fox Television. The series was created by Elizabeth Meriwether. Meriwether, Brett Baer, Dave Finkel, Jake Kasdan, Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope are executive producers, with Meriwether, Baer and Finkel serving as co-showrunners/writers and Kasdan directing multiple episodes of the series.