Global streaming rights for the iconic Mad Men series is back to Lionsgate’s hands next year, and they’re hoping to create a stir with the bidding.
“We retain a tremendous amount of rights. For example, in 2020, Mad Men is coming back to us, with worldwide rights available. That will be an interesting conversation, and I’m pretty sure Jeff [Hirsch] will be involved in that,” Burns announced to the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference.
With the frenzy among streaming platforms for snagging classic content, it will be interesting to see who lands the rights to all 7 seasons of Mad Men. The Internet is flooded with news of Netflix paying $500 million for Seinfeld and WarnerMedia dishing out $425 for Friends, so it’s likely AMC’s Mad Men will come with a pretty steep price tag as well. Netflix payed almost $1 million per episode when it first got rights for streaming reruns in 2011.
New streaming services like HBO Max, Apple TV+ and Peacock might try to get in on some iconic content like Mad Men to boost early subscriptions, or it’s possible Netflix may land a deal to keep the series. Then again, Lionsgate owned Starz may keep it for themselves.
“We’re hanging onto significant rights that we can exploit with Starz and other places as well. It’s really a case-by-case evaluation and working with Jeff on what our priorities are for driving viewership,” Burns said.
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