Adam Sandler Netflix Deal Won’t End Relationship With Sony

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Adam Sandler’s landmark deal to produce and star in four feature films for Netflix will not fundamentally alter his longstanding relationship with Sony Pictures.

The studio has been home to Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions for 15 years and has fielded 25 films over that time including such homegrown hits as “Click,” “You Don’t Mess with the Zohan” and “50 First Dates.” The deal to make feature films does not expire for years, and Sandler is expected to be involved in upcoming Sony films such as the event film  “Pixels” and “Hotel Transylvania 2,” as well as a possible third installment in the “Grown Ups” series, according to an individual with knowledge of the deal.

Happy Madison’s deal with Sony Pictures Television has technically expired, but the division is in the process of renewing the pact, according to individuals with knowledge of that deal. The partnership has yielded seven seasons of the sitcom “Rules of Engagement” on CBS and two seasons of “The Goldbergs” on ABC, along with other less successful series such as “Breaking In.”

In return for being situated on Sony’s Culver City lot, Happy Madison grants Sony first look on the projects it develops. It’s not clear if Sony has right of first-refusal on the projects Sandler will bring to Netflix, but in the past the actor has done films such as “Blended” and “Bedtime Stories” at rival studios, demonstrating that the deal is not exclusive.

Netflix has not announced any studio partners on the films it makes with Sandler. There are currently no discussions with Sony to create the films the actor delivers to Netflix.

Sony was made aware of the Netflix pact before the news broke. The deal with the streaming service gives Sandler greater creative freedom to make the kinds of projects he wants to than would have been afforded by Sony or another traditional studio, according to an individual familiar with the terms.

Spokespeople for Sandler, Netflix and Sony declined to comment for this article.

Cynthia Littleton contributed to this report.

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  1. DeeDee2390 says:

    Sony TV has a nice track record, didn’t realize that. And the craziest thing here is Adam Goldberg has gotten 2 shows on the air for Happy Madison in three years! People always know him for his acting but overlook the writing he’s done. I personally liked Breaking In’s 2 seasons better than The Goldbergs 2 seasons, cause I like all the movie references they did on Breaking In. Happy Madison should stick with Goldberg and maybe give him a part in Grown Ups 3!!!

  2. Irma Hanson says:

    Adam, you have done a wonderful job producing such great movies. I always look forward to seeing your next one. No matter where you go or who you sign with, they should be grateful to have you. You’ve come a long way Adam!!!

  3. Nick Turner says:

    Hmnn…Netflix wants comedies like AS early stuff. But isnt AS more into serious roles now? Re creative control, letting genius Fincher redo a killer 80s UK mini w/out interference with fellow genius Spacey is one thing. But this is different. AS, while gifted, is no Fincher, and here will create original fare. We’ll see.

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