With “Friends” having recently hit Netflix at the beginning of this year, another beloved nineties sitcom may be on its way to some popular streaming services over the ext few months.
According to Variety, Sony Pictures TV is currently in negotiation for new syndication deals for “Seinfeld,” the NBC comedy series that was created by Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David. The show, which ran from 1989 through 1998, has had minimal exposure on streaming outlets since they started becoming popular, with their only major appearance being through Sony’s Crackle service. Still, Crackle has only featured a handful of episodes at a time, and since the service is ad-supported, the experience was often interrupted by their presence.
Sony is reportedly seeking a similar, if not higher deal than the one reached for the streaming rights to “Friends,” which was reportedly made for around $500,000 per episode. Specific details on the “Seinfeld” sale are far from concrete, but analysts expect it to include the series’ full run of 180 episodes which ran across nine seasons. Companies reportedly interested in streaming the show are Amazon (through their Amazon Instant Video service for Prime members) and Hulu. Netflix was not mentioned as a possible buyer.
Much of this scrambling seems to be the result of both Netflix’s purchase of “Friends,” as well as a major deal reached between Hulu and CBS for the streaming rights to past, current, and future seasons of “CSI.” These deals in particular seem to be enticing major studios in Hollywood to shop out some of these shows as legitimate avenues of income from their back catalog of titles. Over its lifetime in syndication, it’s estimated that “Seinfeld” has already generated close to $3 billion in profits, and a new deal would only increase that already high total.
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