List of Netflix Overall, Output and First-Look Deals with Creators

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Netflix is now increasingly reliant on its own ability to create content and to help aid that, it employs the talents of the biggest names in Hollywood and beyond. This is our definitive list of every first-look and overall deal Netflix has signed in its history.

As Netflix fuels its huge and growing Netflix Original library, it has to keep close relations with talent and that often means signing the best up to lucrative overall or first-look deals. The premise of these deals is that it keeps talent working exclusively for Netflix.

In November 2020, Netflix appointed Nne Abong as the VP of overall deals.

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It’s also worth noting that although this is the definitive list, it’s actually probably nowhere close to being every overall deal struck. That’s because many overall deals reportedly aren’t publicized.

Netflix Overall Deals with Creators/Studios

Note: ordered by when the deal was struck.

Molly Smith Metzler

Deal Signed: February 2022
Known for: Netflix’s Maid

Molly Smith Metzler Deal Netflix

Maid became one of Netflix’s biggest limited series in its history and behind that show was Molly Smith Metzler who inked a deal with Netflix for multiple years focusing on titles that are “socially conscious originals featuring empowering roles for women for the streamer.”

Leah Fong

Deal Signed: February 2022
Known for: The Midnight Club, The Magicians, Once Upon A Time

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Ahead of the release of The Midnight Club (which Fong worked on alongside Mike Flanagan), Netflix announced a “creative partnership” with Leah Fong who will work on new shows and movies.

Debora Cahn / Bip Ink

Deal Signed: January 2022
Known for: The West Wing, Homeland, Vinyl, Grey’s Anatomy

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Alongside the announcement of her new series The Diplomat, Debora Cahn also signed an overall deal with Netflix.

Gianluca Chakra / Front Row Filmed Entertainment

Deal Signed: January 2022
Known for: Perfect Strangers

Gianluca Chakra Netflix Deal

Following the release of Perfect Strangers onto Netflix Chakra signed a deal with Netflix for a first look on future Arabic language feature films.

Spike Lee / 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks

Deal Signed: December 2021
Known for: Da 5 Bloods, She’s Gotta Have It, Malcolm X

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Having worked on a number of Netflix projects in various capacities, Spike Lee signed a deal with Netflix in late 2021 for multiple years focusing on feature films.

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II / House Eleven10

Deal Signed: November 2021
Known for: The Trial of the Chicago 7, Black Mirror, Aquaman

Yahya Abdul Mateen II

A creative partnership between the newly established production company was struck in late November 2021.

It’s also reported one of the main goals of the deal is that it seeks to uplift talent from underrepresented communities.

Roberto Patino / Analog Inc.

Deal Signed: November 2021
Known for: DMZ, Westworld

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The prolific writer and producer behind some of the biggest shows of the past two decades including Sons of Anarchy announced his first TV project with Netflix in November 2021 called Nocterra.

Patino has formed his own production banner who will work with Netflix under a new multi-year deal.

Magic Quill Productions

Deal Signed: November 2021
Known for: Lucifer, The Expanse, Luke Cage

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Joe Henderson (Lucifer), Georgia Lee (The Expanse), Matt Owens (Luke Cage) make up the new company Magic Quill Productions who struck a first-look deal in mid-November. The three are already hard at work on various Netflix projects either together or in their own capacity.

Georgia Lee is currently attached to Partner Track and Shadecraft.

Matt Owens is working on One Piece for Netflix.

Joe Henderson is working on Shadecraft, a live-action Pokémon project, and Muhammad Ali.

Greg Whiteley

Deal signed: November 2021
Known for: Last Chance U, Mitt, Cheer

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Known for his work on various documentaries but mostly for Last Chance U & Last Chance U: Basketball, Whiteley will reportedly work with Netflix for future projects.

Joe Berlinger

Deal signed: November 2021
Known for: Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich, Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel

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Known mostly for true-crime documentaries and docu-series, Berlinger will continue working with Netflix according to Bloomberg.

Sri Rao

Deal signed: October 2021
Known for: What Goes On, Baar Baar Dekho, New York

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Sri Roa alongside the announcement of The Henna Artist announced he’d be working under an exclusive deal with Netflix. The writer, director and producer is known for working with both Hollywood and Bollywood.

Among the first set of titles to emerge from Sri Rao will be Finding Anamika due to release in 2022 and The Henna Artist.

Omar Sy / Korokoro Films

Deal signed: October 2021
Known for: Lupin

Omar Sy

While also working on Lupin season 3, Omar Sy has been tapped for a multi-year film deal with Netflix. These film projects will likely have Omar Sy in major roles within the movie as well as serving as an executive producer.

Anna Winger / Airlift Productions

Deal signed: September 2021
Known for: Unorthodox

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The first of the new projects Anna Winger will work on is Transatlantic, a new drama set during the 1940 refugee crisis.

Gina Atwater

Deal signed: September 2021
Known for: Westworld

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Gina Atwater signed a deal alongside the announcement of her first TV series for Netflix. The writer had been working on HBO’s Westworld but before that served as an assistant to J.J. Abrams.

Gina’s first major project for Netflix will be adapting Raybearer (a novel by Jordan Ifueko) into a TV series for the streamer.

Dan Levy

Deal signed: September 2021
Known for: Schitt’s Creek

dan levy netflix overall deal

On September 17th, word came in that the co-creator of Schitt’s Creek which was an awards magnet had struck a TV and movie deal with Netflix.

His first project is an untitled rom-com movie.

Addison Rae

Deal signed: September 2021
Known for: TikTok, He’s All That

Addison Rae netflix deal

Netflix signed up the TikTok star who starred in Netflix’s gender-swapped remake of She’s All That will be working with Netflix for multiple upcoming films.

Vanessa Kirby / Aluna Entertainment

Deal signed: August 2021
Known for: The Crown, Pieces of a Woman

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Having starred in the heart-wrenching Pieces of a Woman for Netflix in early 2021, the British actress has signed a first-look deal with Netflix for “female-focused films” that will explore the “female experience”.

Courtney Kemp / End of Episode

Deal signed: August 2021
Known for: Power

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In 2021, Netflix stole two major assets from Lionsgate. The Sony deal and the architect of Starz’s biggest franchise, Power.

Signing with Netflix for a reported high eight-figure deal, she will create new series under her production company, End of Episode.

Farhan Akhtar & Ritesh Sidhwani / Excel Entertainment

Deal signed: August 2021
Known for: Dil Chahta Hai, Gully Boy and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

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This deal with Indian creators Farhan Akhtar & Ritesh Sidhwani of Excel Entertainment will see the pair work on new series for Netflix.

Among the first of the new titles from the pair includes Dabba Cartel and Queen of the Hill.

Lauren Schmidt Hissrich / Little Schmidt Productions

Deal signed: August 2021
Known for: Netflix’s The Witcher

Lauren Schmidt Hissrich Netflix Deal

Serving as the showrunner for The Witcher, Lauren Hissrich cemented her relationship with Netflix in the summer of August 2021 signing up to continue her duties as the architect of Netflix’s The Witcher universe and lead other creative projects for Netflix.

Avi Issacharoff & Lior Raz

Deal signed: August 2021
Known for: Hit & Run, Fauda

Avi Issacharoff Lior Raz Netflix Deal

Netflix already had a deal with these two prolific Israeli creators but reupped it in August 2021 shortly after the release of Hit & Run.

Any future projects which are set to be film and TV projects will be released under Faraway Road Productions.

Jessica Rhoades / Pacesetter Productions

Deal Signed: July 2021
Known for: Dirty John, Sharp Objects

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A first look deal with Jessica Rhoades production outfit was signed in the summer of 2021.

Jennifer Garner

Deal signed: July 2021
Known for: Yes Day

jennifer garner netflix deal

Having appeared in a number of Netflix Original films, Netflix struck a multi-film deal with the actress back in late July 2021 which includes a sequel to the top-performing family movie, Yes Day.

Michael Starrbury

Deal signed: July 2021
Known for: When They See Us

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Emmy-nominated writer Michael Starrbury who notably wrote episode 4 of Ava DuVernay’s When They See Us and is involved in the upcoming limited series, Colin in Black and White.

Greg Berlanti & Sarah Schechter

Deal Signed: July 2021

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This producing pair are teaming up for brand new feature films coming exclusively to Netflix.

Greg Berlanti is perhaps best known for his work on the DC shows on The CW (and a host of other titles with Warner Brothers) while Sarah Schecter serves as a producer on The CW’s All American.

Zack Snyder / The Stone Quarry

Deal signed: July 2021
Known for: Army of the Dead, DCEU and 300.

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After releasing Army of the Dead in the summer of 2021, Netflix and Zack Snyder cemented their relationship with an overall deal which includes future Army of the Dead projects and other titles such as the sci-fi title, Rebel Moon.

Up until his Netflix deal, Zack Snyder had worked almost exclusively with Warner Brothers.

You can see Snyder’s upcoming slate of movies and shows coming to Netflix here.

Joey King / All The Kings Horses

Deal signed: July 2021
Known for: The Kissing Booth

joey king netflix deal

Known most recently for starring in Netflix’s The Kissing Booth, the Emmy nominated actress will work with Netflix under a first-look deal that covers movies from her production company, All The King’s Horses.

Joey King also has a deal with Hulu.

Brian Yorkey

Deal signed: June 2021
Known for: 13 Reasons Why

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Known for being the showrunner for the popular albeit controversial 13 Reasons Why for Netflix, Brian Yorkey will work with Netflix under a multi-year deal with his first project being Echoes.

Studio Powerhouse

Deal signed: June 2021
Known for: Castlevania, He-Man

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Studio Powerhouse is well, a powerhouse animation studio for Netflix. They’ve already produced so much for Netflix so far and they entered into a new deal on June 30th with Netflix for future projects.

They’ve already got a number of projects on the go including Skull Island and Tomb Raider.

The studio itself is founded by Brad Graeber and Bruce Tinnin.

Danielle Sanchez-Witzel / Lunch Bag Snail Productions, Inc.

Deal signed: June 2021
Known for: My Name is Earl, The Carmichael Show

Danielle Sanchez Witzel netflix deal

Previously under deals at 20th Television, Danielle Sanchez-Witzel will form a new production company and work exclusively on Netflix projects which are expected to be in the comedy genre.

Steven Spielberg / Amblin Partners

Deal signed: June 2021
Known for: Blockbuster movies including The Trial of the Chicago 7, 1917, Ready Player One, Jurassic World & more.

steven spielberg netflix deal

Having previously had less than stellar views of Netflix, Spielberg is now operating on a first-look deal with Netflix delivering multiple movies a year to Netflix although it’s worth noting his previous deal with Universal continues too.

One of the first films to be delivered next from Amblin and Netflix is Maestro starring Bradley Cooper although that’s not part of this specific deal.

Jennifer Lopez / Nuyorican Productions

Deal signed: June 2021
Known for: Musician, Acting and Producing

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Already working on two Netflix Original movies at the time of the announcement, Jennifer Lopez has become a big name in the film business.

Both The Cipher and The Mother are already coming to Netflix from Jennifer Lopez.

According to Netflix, both film and television projects are going to be included in the deal.

21 Laps / Shawn Levy

Deal resigned: June 2021
Known for: Stranger Things, Shadow and Bone

We’ve stated numerous times that 21 Laps has been one of the best output deals Netflix has struck thus far and alongside the announcement of Shadow and Bone season 2, Netflix announced they had renewed their output deal with Shawn Levy.

The expanded deal now includes a first-look deal for feature films and extends the TV deal.

Netflix announced alongside the renewal of the deal that 15 additional series and films are in active development.

Daniel Powell & Alex Bach / Irony Point

Deal signed: May 2021
Known for: Inside Amy Schumer

irony point netflix deal

The team behind Irony Point expanded their deal with Netflix which will include comedy, sketch, variety and other projects.

Sony Pictures

Deal signed: April 2021
Known for: Spider-man and countless other movies.

sony pictures netflix output deal

Although the core of the announcement with the Sony Pictures partnership was about the first window deal for movies, hidden away was the fact that Netflix is about to get a bunch of Sony movies exclusively.

They have a lot of IP to mine whether that be PlayStation IP or some of their vast movie library although has been downplayed to be only a couple per year.

Peter Berg (Film 44)

Deal signed: March 2021
Known for: Spenser Confidential, Lone Survivor, Collateral

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Through his production company, Peter Berg signed up for new Netflix productions via a first-look deal.

Berg is currently an executive producer on a new Netflix series Green Beret’s Guide to Surviving the Apocalypse.

Ronnie Del Carmen

Deal signed: March 2021
Known for: Inside Out

Ronnie Del Carmen netflix deal

Snapping up more talent from Disney’s animation team, Netflix signed a deal with the Pixar veteran Ronnie Del Carmen.

His first project is a feature film but will extend to TV series and being a general consultant according to Cartoon Brew.

David E. Talbert and Lyn Sisson-Talbert / Golden Alchemy

Deal signed: March 2021
Known for: Jingle Jangle

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Behind Netflix’s Christmas musical hit Jingle Jangle, these two creators signed a “first-look deal” for writing and directing upcoming movies and TV series for Netflix.

Gareth Evans / One More One Productions

Deal signed: February 2021
Known for: The Raid, Netflix’s Apostle

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Known for The Raid and Netflix’s Apostle, the writer and director hails from Wales in the United Kingdom.

Havoc is among the new projects the director will be working on alongside Tom Hardy and Forest Whitaker.

Nancy Kanter / Available Light Productions

Deal signed: February 2021
Known for: Sofia the First, Mickey Mouse: Clubhouse, Monsters at Work

Nancy kanter netflix overall deal

Among the many talent-steals from Disney is Nancy Kanter, who signed a deal with Netflix in February 2021. Her talents at Disney resulted in some of Disney Junior’s and Disney+’s biggest early hits.

Roger Black and Waco O’Guin

Deal signed: January 2021
Known for: Brickleberry, Paradise PD

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The creators of Paradise PD signed an overall deal early in 2021 hot on the heals of the announcement of season 3 which arrived several months later. Known for animation the pair also set their next project with Netflix called Farzar.

Jane Rosenthal and Berry Welsh

Deal signed: ???

Jane Rosenthal and Berry Welsh

This deal is expected to have started with these two producers before January 2021 but it was only included alongside the announcement of The Formula a new movie from director Gerard McMurray.

Berry Welsh and Jane Rosenthal have team upped already for a few major Netflix projects thus far including The Irishman, When They See Us, and Quincy.

Noah Baumbach

Deal signed: January 2021
Known for: Marriage Story, Mistress America

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The prolific movie director Noah Baumbach signed a multi-film deal with Netflix in January 2021.

His previous Netflix movie Marriage Story was an awards magnet and his next project seems to be aiming for similar heights.

Kevin Hart / Hartbeat Productions

Deal signed: January 2021
Known for: Stand-up, Comedy

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The deal length wasn’t disclosed but is set to be “long-term” and will see Hart be the main star in at least four films

Among the announced projects featuring Kevin Hart so far include True Story which will co-star Wesley Snipes and also produced London Hughes: To Catch a Dick.

Meredith Averill / Hard A Productions

Deal signed: December 2020
Known for: Locke & Key

Meredith Averill netflix overall deal

Alongside the announcement of Locke & Key season three, Netflix said they had entered into an overall deal with the co-runner of the show for future projects.

David Fincher / Panic Pictures

Deal signed: Unknown
Known for: Love, Death & Robots, House of Cards, Mindhunter & countless movies.

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This is an odd one. Officially, Netflix has never announced an output deal with the famed director and producer David Fincher but in an interview with French outlet Premiere, he revealed he’s working with them on a four-year deal which is why so many of his projects are heading to Netflix.

We heard through the grapevine that Fincher had been reluctant to put any type of deal in writing given his treatment at previous studios but clearly, that’s changed. We don’t know when the four years started nor when it’ll end.

Suzanne Mackie / Orchid Pictures

Deal signed: October 2020
Known for: The Crown

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Suzanne Mackie has been one of the influential figures behind Netflix’s The Crown series alongside Peter Morgan. She leaves Left Bank Pictures (who also work closely with Netflix) to produce exclusive new British TV series and movies for Netflix under Orchid Pictures.

Jorge R. Gutiérrez / Mexopolis

Deal signed: October 2020
Known for: The Book of Life, El Tigre

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Expanding his already fruitful relationship with Netflix is Jorge R. Gutiérrez who is currently working on the ambitious Maya and the Three which is due out in late 2021 plus is a writer on The Loud House Movie due out on Netflix next year also.

The new deal will see him work on even more animated projects for Netflix.

Michael Green

Deal length: Unknown
Deal signed: October 2020
Known for: American Gods, Blade Runner 2049

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Michael Green signed up to produce new series for Netflix in October 2020 with his most known work including the first season of American Gods before he and Bryan Fuller departed the project. He also had a hand in Netflix’s Raising Dion.

Alongside the deal announcement, the first title was announced in the form of an Berry Welsh’animated series called Blue Eye Samurai.

Mara Brock Akil

Deal length: Multi-year
Deal signed: September 2020
Known for: Girlfriends, The Game, Black Lightning

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One of the prolific producers of content that have been found on The CW and UPN over the past two decades is set to write and produce scripted content for Netflix and “other creative projects.”

Many have wondered whether this could mean reunions for some of the shows in her back library that have been long rumored.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Deal length: Multi-year
Deal signed: September 2020
Known for: Being royals, Suits in the case of Meghan Markle

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This deal is akin to the very public and controversial Obama deal and perhaps this one is the most controversial deal Netflix has made yet for a number of reasons.

Harry and Meghan will be working on numerous projects in the future but has attracted controversy given the big price tag (valued at $150 million) for a pair of creatives without much experience.

The pair will serve mainly as brand ambassadors for Netflix, which in our view which either will boost Netflix or devalue it, depending on your views on the royals.

Guillermo del Toro

Deal length: Multi-year
Deal signed: August 2020
Known for: Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy, The Shape of Water

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Behind some of the biggest fantasy hits in the past few decades is the Mexican filmmaker who has joined Netflix after a number of projects already on Netflix.

His deal is expected to be across formats with both new TV series and movies coming exclusively to Netflix.

The only thing we would add to this is that The Hollywood Reporter originally reported the overall output deal but the post has since been deleted.

You can find a list of every upcoming Netflix project from del Toro in our preview guide.

Charlie Brooker & Annabel Jones

Deal length: Not applicable
Deal signed: July 2020
Known for: Black Mirror

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After months of speculation, Deadline broke the news that Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones had signed with Netflix but not in the traditional sense. Netflix has taken a big stake in the newly formed Broke and Bones company set up by the two creators.

So far, it’s thought that a new TV series and interactive special are on the way at least but the company has also hired a head of comedy too. Black Mirror is not currently included in the deal with season six of the show still in limbo.

Carolina Rivera

Deal Length: Deal Signed: July 2020
Known for: Roswell, New Mexico, Jane the Virgin, Cilantro y Perejil

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Writer and producer Carolina Rivera set an overall deal with Netflix and is currently attached to Netflix’s upcoming series Madre Solo Hay Dos.

She is best known for her work on some of The CW’s recent drama hits (both available on Netflix in the US).

Liz Feldman

Deal length: Multiyear
Deal signed: July 2020
Known for: Dead to Me

Liz Feldman Netflix Output Deal

The showrunner for Dead to Me will be working on more Netflix projects in the future as well as returning to finish the final season of the CBS produced Netflix series.

Mo Abudu

Deal length: N/A
Deal signed: June 2020
Known for: EbonyLife

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Netflix has been slowly building up its African content and will be supercharging it with it teaming up with Nigerian filmmaker Mo Abudu who is behind the production company EbonyLife.

Many of her titles have been slowly rolling onto Netflix but this new deal will mean new content comes exclusively to Netflix.

Some of the first projects coming to Netflix have already been announced.

Boom! Studios

Deal length: Multi-year
Deal signed: April 2020
Known for: Comics

Not for the first time, Netflix struck up a deal with comic maker Boom Studios who are behind the likes of Once & Future, Mouse Guard, Lumberjanes but has also had a hand in developing TMNT and Power Ranger comics but also a comic series for Netflix’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.

The new pact will see Netflix develop TV series on Boom’s own properties and includes the upcoming feature movie, The Unsound.

We’re cataloging the numerous upcoming Boom! Studios projects here.

Chernin Entertainment

Deal length: Unknown
Deal signed: April 2020
Known for: Ford V Ferrari, Hidden Figures, Planet of the Apes

In perhaps, the biggest movie output deal Netflix has scored thus far came in April 2020. Peter Chernin who operates under his banner Chernin Entertainment signed a first-look deal with the streamer.

Up until now, Chernin Entertainment has been creating movies solely for 20th Century Fox before the Disney acquisition. They’ve produced some of the biggest titles in the Fox library including The Greatest Showman, Ford V. Ferrari, and The Planets of the Apes franchise.

It’s worth noting that the deal with Netflix is non-exclusive.

John Boyega / UpperRoom Productions

Deal length: Unknown
Deal signed: March 2020
Known for: Star Wars, Attack the Block

John Boyega, hot off his run in the new Disney Star Wars trilogy where his character was completely wasted (no, I’m not getting over it), announced that he and his production company would be producing non-English language African titles for Netflix.

Specifically, UpperRoom told Deadline that they “will develop film projects based on stories, cast, characters, crew, literary properties, mythology, screenplays and/or other elements in or around African countries.”

Zack Estrin

Deal length: Multi-year
Deal signed: March 2020
Known for: Lost in Space

It was a bittersweet day in the middle of March when Netflix announced that Lost in Space would be coming to an end. The good news, however, was that Zack Estrin would return for the third season and would join Netflix with a multi-year output deal.

Lauren Lungerich / Crazy Cast Lady Productions

Deal length: Until Mid-2023
Deal signed: March 2020
Known for: On My Block

Shortly before the release of season three of On My Block, Netflix struck an overall deal with the showrunner.

She’ll be creating new projects such as series and “other projects” which suggests On My Block may see life beyond season three.

Steve Blackman / Borderline Entertainment

Deal Length: Unknown
Deal Signed: February 2020
Known for: The Umbrella Academy

Steve Blackman and his entertainment production company Borderline Entertainment signed with Netflix towards the end of February 2020. The streamer and Steven Blackman already worked together on The Umbrella Academy, where he’s the showrunner but he’s also had a hand in Altered Carbon.

Alexander Woo

Deal length: Unknown
Deal Signed: February 2020
Known for: The Terror, True Blood

In mid-February, Netflix struck an output deal to produce a new “drama and science fiction” scripted series for Netflix. He’s previously known for being the showrunner on AMC’s The Terror and produced HBO’s True Blood.

When speaking about the deal, Alexander said: “I love telling stories with an urgency and a reason for being, and can’t wait to tell those stories together with my new partners at Netflix,”.

Gloria Sanchez Productions / Will Ferrell

Deal Length: Three years – first look 
Deal Signed: January 2020
Known for: Hustlers, Dead to Me, Booksmart

Netflix signed up (as did Paramount) with Gloria Sanchez Productions which has Jessica Elbaum and Will Ferrell at the helm.

They’ve already produced Dead to Me for Netflix with plenty of massive movie projects making waves too.

Ben Pugh / 42

Deal Length: Two-years – first look
Deal Signed: January 2020
Known For: In the Shadow of the Moon

Netflix has resigned the deal with 42 for a further two years and get a first look at all of the latest projects the production and management firm is producing. The streaming service already has a small number of titles from the firm, including In the Shadow of the Moon and the latest adaptation of Watership Down.

Chris Prynoski / Titmouse

Deal Length: Multi-year – first look
Deal Signed: January 2020
Known For: Big Mouth

The animation studio behind popular adult animated series Big Mouth now has a first-look deal with Netflix. This will give Netflix the first chance to order one of the new projects that Titmouse has in development.

Netflix has already ordered The Midnight Gospel from Titmouse, and subscribers can look forward to seeing it on Netflix in the near future.

Bill Prady

Deal length: Multi-year – first look reportedly expired in January 2022.
Deal signed: January 2020
Known for: The Big Bang Theory

Bill Prady is mostly known for his big CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory which he co-created alongside Chuck Lorre.

Among the projects he’s expected to bring to Netflix include new comedy, drama, fantasy, and science fiction.

Viacom18 / Tipping Point

Deal length: Unknown
Deal signed: December 2019

A month after the South Korean output deal, Netflix then struck a deal with Viacom18’s Tipping Point for exclusive new Indian content for Netflix worldwide.

Alongside the announcement came the announcement of several new projects including Jamtara – Sabka Number Aayega, She and Taj Mahal 1989.

JTBC & Studio Dragon

Deal length: Multi-year
Deal signed: November 2019
Known for: South-Korean Dramas

Netflix has been slowly building up its list of K-dramas for years and JTBC has been one of the biggest providers. Although the two had an agreement of sorts dating back to 2017, 2020 will see all output from the studio come to Netflix.

The deal starts in 2020 it will see all future JTBC prime-time series come to Netflix globally plus they’ll work together on new projects together too.

The Studio Dragon deal is with itself and its parent company CJ ENM. It’ll see the production house produce new series for Netflix and will see other titles come too.


Deal length: Multi-year
Deal signed: November 2019
Known for: Children’s content like Spongebob Squarepants, Rugrats and more

The news of Netflix striking an output deal with Nickelodeon conveniently came the same week Disney+ stormed onto the US market.

The deal states that Netflix will be getting new content, whether that be in the form of movies and TV series based on existing or new IP.

Netflix has had dealings with Nick in the past with it carrying two of their movies in the summer of 2019.

Peter Morgan

Deal length: Unknown
Deal signed: October 2019
Known for: The Crown

Known for The Crown, Peter Morgan will continue his tenure with Netflix beyond the planned end of The Crown.

The deal is reportedly paying around the eight-figure range to keep Peter Morgan on.

The Duffer Brothers

Deal length: Multi-year
Deal signed: September 2019
Known for: Stranger Things

The Duffer Brothers are the two men that write and create Netflix’s biggest flagship show, Stranger Things.

Netflix also has an output deal with Shawn Levy who notably helps produce Stranger Things for Netflix too.

Nahnatchka Khan / Fierce Baby Productions

Deal length: Multi-year
Deal signed: September 2019
Known for: Always Be My Maybe, Fresh Off the Boat

On September 18th, 2019, Netflix announced they struck a first-look deal with the talented director and show creator. Behind Netflix’s Always Be My Maybe from earlier in 2019, it’s not surprising Netflix honed in the talents of Nahnatchka Khan.

Only her movies are included with her continuing her work at ABC on the TV side.

Patty Jenkins

Deal length: Three years
Deal signed: September 2019
Known for: Wonder Woman

On September 5th, Netflix announced that Patty Jenkins who is coming off the back of her incredibly successful directing of DC’s Wonder Woman to produce new TV series for the streamer.

No news on what sort of TV programs she will produce as of yet but Jenkins has directed episodes of The Killing and I Am the Night.

Karan Johar

Deal length: Multi-year
Deal signed:
September 2019
Known for: Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, My Name is Khan

Karan Johar is a prolific writer and producer in Indian having had a hand in some huge movies from the region.

In its big push in the region, Netflix signed up Karan Johar to produce fictional and non-fiction titles for the streamer.

David Benioff and Dan Weiss

Deal length: Five years
Deal signed: August 2019
Known for: Game of Thrones

In perhaps one of the most controversial Netflix deals to date, they signed a reported $250 million deal for five years to work on a series of TV and movie projects. Of course, they’re coming off the back of Game of Thrones, one of the biggest shows in the world although it had a rather controversial final season. They’ll begin working on Netflix projects once their Star Wars project wraps up.

Danger Goldberg Productions / Nick Kroll’s Big Mouth

Deal length: Multi-year
Deal signed: July 2019
Known for: Big Mouth

Netflix and the studio behind Big Mouth have entered into a multi-year deal where not only would they be producing new projects for Netflix but their current one, Big Mouth, gets another three seasons.

Janet Mock

Deal length: Three-year deal
Deal signed: June 2019
Known for: FX’s Pose

The deal with Netflix and Janet Mock made history in June 2019 as it’s the first overall deal of this sort with a trans person. It’ll see Netflix get exclusive access to any new series and the first look at any movie projects too.

Janet Mock is already at work on her first Netflix project helping Ryan Murphy with his series The Politician which is due out in September 2019.

Ricky Gervais

Deal length: Unknown
Deal signed: June 2019
Known for: After Life and Derek for Netflix, The Office for the BBC and Extras for HBO

Hot off the successful launch of After Life, Netflix signed a deal with Gervais.

Unlike most of the deals featured on this list, this deal doesn’t mean that Ricky Gervais can’t work with other providers, just that Netflix gets first dibs.

Regina King / Royal Ties Productions

Deal length: Multiple years
Deal signed: May 2019
Known for: Scandal at ABC, Greenleaf at OWN, Animal Kingdom

Regina King and her production company have had a hand in many titles you can find on Netflix right now.

Most known for her roles in big movies like Ray, The Big Bang Theory, American Crime, and countless others, she’s a formidable force in the entertainment world and certainly one to watch.

Manolo Caro

Deal length: Multi-year
Deal signed: May 2019
Known for: La Casa de las Flores for Netflix

This deal is the first output deal Netflix has with a Mexican director.

New projects from Manolo have already started with Alguien Tiene Que Morir (Someone Has To Die) the first to be announced beyond season two of The House of Flowers.

Dark Horse Entertainment

Deal length: Unknown
Deal signed: May 2019
Known for: The Umbrella Academy and Polar

Following the release of the well-received Umbrella Academy and the less-so Polar, Netflix is getting first look at all the Dark Horse Entertainment projects in the pipeline. With a massive back catalog, Netflix will ensure it will be filling the superhero gap left by Marvel and DC.

Among the key figures involved going forward are Mike Richardson, Keith Goldberg, and Paul Schwake.

Kenny Ortega

Deal length: Multi-year
Deal signed: April 2019
Known for: High School Musical for Disney

Looking to produce more content for kids, Netflix signed up the man behind Disney’s High School Musical. Kenny Ortega is a man of many talents and will be working with Netflix for multiple years.

Two projects have already been announced by Kenny.

Beyonce Knowles

Deal length: at least another two projects
Deal signed: April 2019
Known for: Being Beyonce

Beyonce Knowles is a world-renowned artist and actress and is going to producing at least another two specials just for Netflix in the coming years.

Her first outing on Netflix was with Homecoming and soon after the release of that, Netflix snapped up future titles.

Brad Falchuk

Deal length: Four years
Deal signed: March 2019
Known for: Fox shows like 9-1-1 and FX shows like Pose, American Horror Story and American Crime Story

Netflix also signed a deal with Ryan Murphy (featured in this article) who has worked with Brad on a whole bunch of projects which is probably what led to the deal being done.

Brad will continue to work on his existing shows (as will Ryan Murphy) including Pose, American Crime Story, and American Horror Story but all will continue coming to Netflix around the world too.

Liza Chasin / 3dot Productions

Date length: Unknown
Date signed: February 2019
Known for: Les Miserables, The Theory of Everything, Baby Driver

Industry veteran Liza Chasin signed up to a first-look deal with Netflix on feature films earlier in the year. She’s also had a hand in the recent Tales of the City series as well as Gypsy.

This deal only covers any movies that involve Liza as she still has a first-look television deal with Anonymous Content.

Mike Flanagan and Trevor Macy

Date length: Multi-year
Date signed: February 2019
Known for: The Haunting of Hill House for Netflix and other horror movies

After the success of The Haunting of Hill House, Netflix inked a deal with the shows two creators Mike Flanagan and Trevor Macy. They’ve already been hard at work on their next two projects.

Among Mike Flanagan’s other credits include Gerald’s Game, Hush, and Oculus.

Flanagan has reliably produced a series every single year since the deal was struck including Midnight Mass, two The Haunting Series and more is to come.

Darla K. Anderson

Deal length: Multi-year
Deal signed: January 2019
Known for: Coco & Toy Story 3 for Pixar/Disney

Netflix has had some success in the animated sector but mainly thanks to a deal with Dreamworks which is soon coming to an end. Anticipating this, Netflix signed up the director and visionary behind Toy Story 3 and Coco.

Darla will be working on multiple animation and live-action projects.

James Honeyborne / Freeborne Media

Deal length: Multi-year
Deal signed: January 2019
Known for: Blue Planet II and Africa for BBC

Shortly before the release of the Netflix Original series Our Planet, Netflix snapped up the creator of Blue Planet II to produce multiple science and nature programs for Netflix in the future.

With all of the BBC nature documentaries scheduled for removal at some point, Netflix is clearly intending to replace with its own lineup.

Chris Nee

Deal length: Multi-year
Deal signed: December 2018
Known for: Doc McStuffins, Vampirina, and Wonder Pets!

Hoping to boost its output for younger kids, Chris Nee joined Netflix with a multi-year output deal in December 2018.

Nee worked with Disney for multiple years, producing big pre-school hits such as Doc McStuffins, Vampirinia, and countless other projects.

Among Chris Nee’s released projects so far includes Ridley Jones, Ada Twist, We The People and upcoming projects includes Dino Daycare and Spirit Rangers.

Chris Columbus / 1492 Pictures

Deal length: Multi-year
Deal signed: December 2018
Known for: The Christmas Chronicles for Netflix, Harry Potter for Warner Brothers

Having produced Netflix’s biggest Christmas movie to date, Netflix snapped up future titles from Chris Columbus and his production studio 1492.

Chris continues to work on Warner Brothers and Blumhouse content but will be producing a new slate of original content just for Netflix.

Marti Noxon / Tiny Pyro

Deal length: Multi-year
Deal signed: November 2018
Known for: Dietland and Mad Men for AMC, Sharp Objects for HBO, Girlfriends Guide to Divorce for Bravo

This is one of the lesser-known Netflix deals because Marti is found behind the camera, but the list of shows she’s been involved in is immense and impressive.

Marti has worked with Shonda Rhimes on the likes of Grey’s Anatomy but has had hand in a huge array of projects. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Prison Break, Mad Men, Glee, Code Black, and most recently Sharp Objects all carry her credits.

She previously had an overall deal with Skydance.

Michael Sugar / Sugar23

Deal length: Multi-year
Deal signed:
October 2018
Known for: Movies like Spotlight, Rendition, Collateral Beauty and Netflix series like The OA, 13 Reasons Why and Maniac.

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Michael Sugar may not necessarily be a name you’re familiar with but he’s had a hand in some very famous titles, including some streaming on Netflix right now.

His company Sugar23 signed a multi-year overall deal for brand new films and series. One of the next to arrive from the studio is The Laundromat starring Meryl Streep although that was announced before this deal.

Shion Takeuchi

Deal length: Multi-year
Deal signed: September 2018
Known for: Disenchantment on Netflix, work on Pixar titles like Inside Out and Monsters University, Gravity Falls with Disney, and Regular Show on Cartoon Network

Having worked on prolific animated titles at an array of widely respected location, Shion was given an overall deal towards the end of 2018.

Her first creation is coming soon to Netflix with the name of Inside Job.

Alex Hirsch

Deal length: Multi-year
Deal signed: August 2018
Known for: Gravity Falls for Disney

The creator of Gravity Falls signed up for a multi-year deal and serves as a producer on Inside Job coming up on Netflix and an untitled project too.

The talented writer and voice actor is set to produced kids and adult animated series for Netflix.

Harlan Coben / Final Twist Productions

Deal length: Multi-year
Deal signed: August 2018
Known for: Author of 15 books and creator of Safe for Netflix

Almost immediately after the arrival of Safe on Netflix, the streaming service snapped up Harlan Coben which means we’ll be seeing his other body of works translated onto the silver screen. Most of his works are thrillers, mystery, or drama novels.

His latest novel released in March 2019 to rave reviews and is one of the projects to get the Netflix treatment.

Kenya Barris

Deal Length: Three years
Deal Signed: August 2018
Known for: Black-ish for ABC, Grown-ish for Freeform, variety of different movies

Hoping to expand its slate of comedy programming, Netflix poached Kenya Barris away from ABC and Freeform back in the middle of 2018.

Notably, Kenya managed to produce a sitcom that produced consistent numbers, something most have struggled to do. He also reportedly had problems with airing an episode on ABC.

Alex Pina

Deal length: Unknown
Deal signed: July 2018
Known for: La Casa De Papel / Money Heist for Netflix

The Spanish director and showrunner who lit up Netflix when it picked up his drama series Money Heist signed up to an overall deal with Netflix in 2018.

It will see Money Heist season three come to Netflix exclusively as well as the now-confirmed fourth season. There are another two projects also announced due out on Netflix over the next few years.

Jason Bateman / Aggregate Films

Deal Length: Multiple years
Deal Signed: July 2018
Known for: Ozark and Arrested Development for Netflix and assortment of movies and TV series

Jason Bateman is a man of many talents of which he’ll continue bringing many to Netflix for multiple years. It’s a first look deal where all TV and movie projects could potentially land on Netflix.

Netflix poached Bateman away from Universal TV. Upcoming

Jantje Friese and Baran bo Odar

Deal length: Unknown
Deal signed: June 2018
Known for: Dark for Netflix

This deal marked the first overall deal with a European pair of creators. The two were behind the mind-bending German series Dark which continues to get rave reviews and a third season renewal due in 2020.

Beyond Dark, Jantje has worked on German movies such as Who Am I, and Baran has directed the 2017 Sleepless.

Their big upcoming project is 1899 coming to Netflix in 2022.

Steven S. DeKnight

Deal length: Unknown
Deal signed: June 2018
Known for: Daredevil for Netflix, Spartacus for Starz and Pacific Rim Uprising for Legendary Pictures

The deal between Netflix and Steven S. DeKnight means Netflix keeps the producer of the best superhero series for Netflix thus far, Daredevil.

Having worked on some major household name projects, he’s a welcome addition to Netflix and was involved in Jupiter’s LegacyThings didn’t go entirely to plan with DeKnight leaving the project and reportedly leaving his overall with Netflix too.

Barack and Michelle Obama / Higher Ground Productions

Deal length: Multi-year
Deal signed: May 2018
Known for: Running the United States

The former President of the United States and the former first lady signed a landmark deal in mid-2018 to produce multiple projects for Netflix. Their projects release under the guise of Higher Ground Productions.

So far, we’ve seen the production company release Fatherhood, Worth, American Factory, Crip Camp, Becoming, We The People, and Waffles + Mochi onto the service.

We’ve listed projects in development by Higher Ground Productions here.

Company 42

Deal length: Multi-year
Deal signed: April 2018
Known for: Watership Down, Sandcastle and The Titan for Netflix

Netflix and Company 42 have worked on multiple projects but in April 2018, Netflix signed an exclusive first-look deal meaning they’d get first dibs on any movie projects they wanted.

In The Shadow of the Moon is one of the first movies to arrive from the contract which is due out in September 2019.

 Eric Newman (Grand Electric) & Bryan Unkeless (Screen Arcade)

Deal length: Multi-year
Deal signed: March 2018
Known for: Narcos for Netflix I, Tonya movie release, and Bright for Netflix

Eric Newman and Bryan Unkeless first teamed up with Netflix to work on Bright starring Will Smith. Now they’re working under the banner of Screen Arcade and Netflix will get first look at new projects.

In August 2020, the pair split to form new separate deals with Netflix.

From their respective deals, we’ve seen the release of Narcos, Narcos: Mexico, Project Power. Upcoming projects include The Watcher, Painkiller, Spiderhead, and Plus/Minus.

Ian Bryce

Deal length: Multi-year
Deal signed: February 2018
Known for: Saving Private Ryan, War Machine, Transformers

Having had a hand in some big blockbuster franchises over the years, Ian Bryce makes an obvious choice for Netflix. Possibly overshadowed by the Ryan Murphy deal back in February 2018, Netflix will get first look at any new movie projects.

So far, we’ve seen his outfit produce 6 Underground, War Machine, and Finding ‘Ohana.

Ryan Murphy

Deal length: Five years
Deal signed: February 2018
Known for: Glee on Fox, Pose, American Horror Story, and American Crime Story on FX

In the largest overall deal to date, Netflix signed up Ryan Murphy who is the creator of a huge body of well-known TV series that have released in recent years.

Murphy’s work began dropping on Netflix in 2019, starting with The Politician in September 2019. Since then, we’ve seen the release of Hollywood, Ratched, Halston, and others.

You can find an up-to-date of all the upcoming Ryan Murphy series and movies coming soon to Netflix here.

Matt Reeves / 6th & Idaho Productions

Deal length: Unknown
Deal signed: January 2018
Known for: War for the Planet of the Apes and Batman

Matt Reeves has a long history of creating big blockbuster movies for 20th Century Fox where he previously had an output deal.

His credits include Let Me In, Cloverfield, and Dawn of the Planets of the Apes, but also has had a hand in TV series such as Relativity and Gideon’s Crossing.

We’re covering all of the upcoming projects from 6th & Idaho Productions here.

Shawn Levy / 21 Laps

Deal length: Four years
Deal signed: December 2017
Known for: Stranger Things for Netflix, Arrival and countless movies

Two years after his deal with Netflix, Shawn’s credits mostly still reside with lots of 20th Century Fox movie projects with plenty to come, but his involvement in Stranger Things cannot be understated.

In 2017, Netflix announced all future TV projects from Shawn Levy, and by extension, his production company helmed by Josh Barry would produce new television series. In 2021, the deal was expanded.

Through the deal, we’ve seen the release of The Adam Project, Shadow and Bone, I’m Not Okay with This and Unsolved Mysteries. We’re catalogging all the upcoming Netflix projects from 21 Laps Entertainment here.

Jenji Kohan

Deal length: Multi-year
Deal signed: November 2017
Known for: Orange Is the New Black & GLOW for Netflix and Weeds

Jenji has had a proven track record for both Netflix and other networks. After all, she’s now produced the longest-running Netflix Original in the form of Orange Is The New Black.

Netflix and Jenji tied the knot in late November of 2017.

As part of the deal with Netflix, Jenji Kohan produces GLOW and the upcoming series called Slutty Teenage Bounty Hunters due out in 2020.

Shonda Rhimes / Shondaland

Deal length: Multiple years
Deal signed: August 2017
Known for: ABC shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, Private Practice

Shonda Rhimes is possibly one of the most prolific TV writers in the United States right now. Behind the massive Grey’s Anatomy on ABC as well as other hit shows, Netflix was able to lure the creator away.

Shondaland’s first project for Netflix came out in 2020 with plenty more on the way. Notable releases have included so far Bridgerton and Inventing Anna.

Paul William Davies who works with Shondaland is also under an overall deal.

Leonardo DiCaprio

Deal length: Multi-year (likely concluded)
Deal signed: March 2015
Known for:
Hollywood movies and documentaries

Leonardo DiCaprio is mainly known for his roles in big blockbuster Hollywood films, but he’s also had a hand in creating big documentaries.

Although he’s likely concluded his deal with Netflix now given that some of his new docs are headed for HBO, there’s still plenty to watch from his efforts with Netflix.

The Ivory Game, Struggle: The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski, Virunga are all titles that came out of the output deal.

Adam Sandler / Happy Maddison

Deal length: Multi-years
Deal signed: October 2014
Known for: Happy Maddison movies, SNL

One of the best Netflix output deals so far has been that with Adam Sandler. The comedian and film producer has created a string of hits for Netflix and most importantly, they get watched.

The Ridiculous 6, Sandy Wexler, The Do-Over, The Week Of and Murder Mystery have all released on Netflix as part of this deal.

Mitchell Hurwitz

Deal length: Multi-year (likely finished)
Deal signed: April 2014
Known for: Arrested Development for Fox

One of the earliest Netflix Original revivals was Arrested Development and Mitch has produced multiple titles under his deal with Netflix.

Among the shows and movies Mitch has collaborated with Netflix on so far are Arrested Development (two seasons), Lady Dynamite (two seasons), Flaked (two seasons) and A Futile and Stupid Gesture.

Although successful with the critics, neither Lady Dynamite or Flaked made it past their second seasons.

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