Netflix Locks Exclusive US Rights to CBS Summer Series ‘Zoo’
After losing out on the Halle Berry-starring “Extant” and “Under the Dome,” Netflix has picked up exclusive streaming rights to another summer series from CBS — “Zoo,” a sci-fi drama based on the bestselling novel from James Patterson.
Following “Zoo”’s run on CBS next summer, all 13 episodes of the first season will be made available on Netflix.
Produced by CBS Television Studios, “Zoo” is a thriller about a wave of violent animal attacks against humans across the planets. As the assaults become more cunning and ferocious, a “young renegade biologist” (are there any other kind?) is tasked with unlocking the mystery behind why the animals hate us. The book the series is based on was published in September 2012 and has sold more than 4 million copies worldwide. Off that success, CBS ordered the project straight-to-series earlier this month.
Increasingly, CBS has looked to the SVOD market to further monetize its summer fare. Previously, the broadcaster has inked distribution deals with Amazon for “Under the Dome” and “Extant” — though in those cases, new episodes are popping up on Amazon Instant Video a few days after they air on CBS. With “Zoo,” Netflix members will have to wait until the entire season concludes.
The Netflix pact, which is reportedly worth north of $900,000 per episode, is only for the US. CBS Studios International will look to distribute the show worldwide.
“Zoo” is being written and executive produced by Jeff Pinkner, Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, and Scott Rosenberg. James Mangold, Cathy Konrad, James Patterson, Bill Robinson, Leopoldo Gout, and Steve Bowen are also executive producing.
It’s a good day for James Patterson projects, as earlier this morning Collective Digital Studio optioned his fantasy series “Maximum Ride” for a digital series.
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