Boycotted NBC backs off

After facing a boycott from its top suppliers, NBC has backed off its demands for perpetual license fees or co-ownership of new series.

Sources say the Peacock has reached a verbal agreement with DreamWorks for a pilot written by Alec Berg and Jeff Schaffer, and the contract for the deal includes a fairly standard license-fee agreement, while leaving the door open for NBC to take an ownership stake if it supplies a piece of talent. The agreement has not closed yet, and DreamWorks and NBC had no comment.

None of the majors has sold projects to NBC for next year, but all are in various stages of negotiations, and Paramount is quite close to a deal. “They are far more flexible than they were initially,” one studio source said.

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