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Netflix has signed star showrunner Ryan Murphy in one of its biggest deals to date.

Murphy's move from US channel FX is thought to be worth $300 million (£213 million) over five years. This would make it one of the largest ever overall deals for a showrunner.

Murphy will work on a range of Netflix orginal content. These will include two shows already in the pipeline – 'Ratched' (a fan fiction spinoff from iconic novel 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest') and political satire 'Dear Evan Hansen' starring Tony-winner Ben Platt.

Murphy has quite the CV. He created 'American Horror Story', 'American Crime Story', 'Feud' and '9-1-1' all while at FX. Upcoming musical drama 'Pose' is also one of his.

He has previously expressed concern about working at FX once it – along with the rest of 20th Century Fox – has been acquired by Disney. Netflix is renowned for giving showmakers full creative control over their work, which sounds like a good fit for Murphy's often provocative output.

"Ryan Murphy's series have influenced the global cultural zeitgeist, reinvented genres and changed the course of television history," Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement.

"His unfaltering dedication to excellence and to give voice to the underrepresented, to showcase a unique perspective or just to shock the hell out of us, permeates his genre-shattering work."

Murphy added: "I am awash in genuine appreciation for Ted Sarandos, Reed Hastings and Cindy Holland at Netflix for believing in me and the future of my company, which will continue to champion women, minorities, and LGBTQ heroes and heroines, and I am honoured and grateful to continue my partnership with my friends and peers at Fox on our existing shows."

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