Dystopian satire 'Black Mirror' is heading to Netflix after Channel 4 lost the rights. And it seems the streaming service has big plans for it.
Namely: a bigger budget, a worldwide release, and complete creative control for Charlie Brooker and co.
That's according to Ted Sarandos, Netflix's chief content officer.
He told the Independent he was a fan of the show from the first time he saw it.
"I was blown away by the first episode I ever watched," he said. "Went went, 'How did we not make this?'
"It's a very ambitious show with what Charlie [Brooker] and Annabel [Jones] were doing and they were looking for a big global audience. We came in as partners to help give that show a big global footprint; we saw how people reacted to the show all over the world and it came up that Charlie and Annabel wanted to make the show bigger."
The Christmas special with Jon Hamm was the model, according to Sarandos. "They wanted a lot more money to reach a bigger audience on a bigger platform," he said. "We followed the model along and Channel 4 ultimately could have had it and chose not to. We saw the ability to really support visionary storytellers – we're thrilled to see what else they're going to do."
It's not clear whether Channel 4 passed on renewing the show for another series, as some claim. The broadcaster was outbid by Netflix, and recently lost the opportunity for 'first dibs' on the show in the UK. The executives made clear their annoyance in a strongly-worded statement.
Brooker and co will have "complete creative control", Hastings added. The show will also "be available everywhere at the same time," he said.