Ryan Murphy and Netflix Strike a Deal to Produce New Series

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Ryan Murphy at FX’s ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’ premiere (Photo by Frank Micelotta / PictureGroup / FX)

Ryan Murphy and his Ryan Murphy Productions have struck a deal with Netflix to produce new shows and movies. The new projects will air exclusively on Netflix, with the contract set to begin on July 1, 2018. According to the deal, Murphy’s new original series – Ratched and The Politician – will premiere on Netflix. Murphy will also continue to oversee production on American Crime Story, American Horror Story, Feud, 9-1-1, and Pose.

Emmy, Golden Globe, and Peabody Award-winning producer, director, and writer Ryan Murphy created Nip/Tuck, American Horror Story, Scream Queens, American Crime Story, Feud, and Glee. Murphy’s credits also include writing and directing the dramatic feature films Running with Scissors and Eat Pray Love with Julia Roberts.

Murphy also directed The Normal Heart which earned 16 Emmy Award nominations, winning in the Outstanding Television Movie category.

“Ryan Murphy’s series have influenced the global cultural zeitgeist, reinvented genres and changed the course of television history. 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,” stated Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer at Netflix. “From Nip/Tuck – our first licensed series – to American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson and American Horror Story, we’ve seen how his brand of storytelling captivates consumers and critics across the globe. His celebrated body of work and his contributions to our industry speak for themselves, and we look forward to supporting Ryan in bringing his broad and diverse stories to the world.”

“The history of this moment is not lost on me,” said Murphy. “I am a gay kid from Indiana who moved to Hollywood in 1989 with $55 dollars in savings in my pocket, so the fact that my dreams have crystallized and come true in such a major way is emotional and overwhelming to me. 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 honored and grateful to continue my partnership with my friends and peers at Fox on our existing shows.”

More on Ryan Murphy, Courtesy of Netflix: “Ryan Murphy launched Half, aiming to make Hollywood more inclusive by creating equal opportunities for women and minorities behind the camera. Less than one year after launching Half, Ryan Murphy Television’s director slate hired 60% women directors and 90% met its women and minority requirement.

Concurrent with the hiring goals, the Initiative launched the Half-Directors Mentorship Program in which every director on every Ryan Murphy Television production mentors emerging women and minority directors through pre-production and post-production along with offering a significant stipend for their commitment. These funds provided critical stipends for travel, lodging, and daycare for working mothers, allowing them to meet personal financial obligations while gaining unprecedented access to further education and career growth. In 2017, Ryan Murphy introduced Half – Internships in conjunction with Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Creative Pathways for Underrepresented Youth program through Hire LA Youth.”