Channel 4 has lost the right to show dystopian drama 'Black Mirror' after the show was nabbed by Netflix.
The Netflix deal happened six months ago, but Channel 4 still believed it had a first look option to premiere the show in the UK. But not so. Negotiations between the broadcaster and 'Black Mirror' producer Endemol Shine have ended with no deal in sight.
Channel 4 made no effort to hide its disappointment at losing the show, which started on the terrestrial broadcaster back in 2011.
"'Black Mirror' couldn't be a more Channel 4 show," Jay Hunt, Channel 4 chief creative officer, said in a statement. "We grew it from a dangerous idea to a brand that resonated globally.
"Of course it's disappointing that the first broadcast window in the UK is then sold to the highest bidder, ignoring the risk a publicly-owned channel like 4 took backing it."
Netflix is said to have outbid Channel 4 for the rights to the show. Channel 4 has since refused to bid for secondary rights (i.e. the right to broadcast episodes after they've been available elsewhere).
According to Endemol Shine, Channel 4 passed on opportunities to recommission the show before Netflix snapped it up. It added that "every avenue" had been explored with Channel 4.
In response, Channel 4 claimed it had offered to recommission the show.
Netflix is making a new 12-part series of 'Black Mirror' with the series' creator Charlie Brooker as executive producer.
Source: The Guardian