Mad Men could be leaving Netflix in the US next year for another provider as the contract for the series comes up for renewal. Lionsgate, the provider behind the series is shopping the show around for a new home which could include Netflix again.
The series is set back in the 1960s during the height of the advertising game and sees Jon Hamm play the role of Don Draper. The series aired between 2007 and 2015 across 7 seasons and 92 episodes.
Netflix currently owns the international and domestic rights to the series with all seven seasons currently streaming on Netflix in almost all regions of Netflix.
Mad Men streaming license comes up for renewal in 2020
In an exclusive report from THR on September 24th, they reported that Lionsgate is shopping the series around to other streamers as the contract comes up for renewal.
The report states the rights were picked up by Netflix first back in 2011 where it has streamed exclusively since with new seasons arriving shortly after their AMC air dates. The final set of episodes arrived on Netflix back in February 2016.
There’s no front runner as of yet as to who will take up the rights to Mad Men although it has been noted that WarnerMedia’s HBO Max could be in the running as could Lionsgate’s own network, Starz.
Of course, Netflix could re-bid for the rights again. They have noted Netflix could continue carrying the show internationally with the domestic rights ending up elsewhere. Ultimately, Netflix will know whether the show is a good value for subscriber money as it has the most amount of statistics on its success across the board.
When will Mad Men leave Netflix if the streamer loses the license?
Our data library seems to indicate that the license will come up for renewal on July 27th, 2020. That means you’ve got roughly just over half a year to watch it on Netflix should it leave.
Netflix is in a big battle for third-party licenses at the moment with HBO Max, Apple TV+, Amazon, Hulu, and Peacock all fighting for licenses to back libraries.
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