Netflix In Talks to Renew The CW Deal With Warner Bros., CBS

Jane the Virgin Season 2 TV
Courtesy of CW

Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said the company is in the midst of trying to negotiate a new deal with the parent companies of the CW to bring the network’s shows to the service.

Netflix’s deal with Warner Bros. and CBS for CW’s programming ran through the 2014-15 season, and the TV net’s properties are now open for bidding.

“We’d like to make that deal work,” Sarandos said on Netflix’s earnings call Tuesday. “It’s great programming, we have a great relationship with Warner Bros. and CBS on that deal, and we’d like to continue it.”

In a presentation last week at the Television Critics Association press tour, CW president Mark Pedowitz pointed out the Netflix deal was up for renewal and said the network’s parent companies “are exploring a lot of options.” That might include a CW-branded subscription-streaming service, per a Bloomberg report.

Sarandos said the talks for CW programming are “not behind in any normal process.”

“It’s a time honored-tradition to negotiate in the press,” Sarandos added. “So you’re seeing some of that from them.”

The CW series currently on Netflix will remain on the streaming service through the run of those shows, Sarandos noted. “It’s not like we’re going to wake up one day without the programming,” he said.

Netflix has rights to CW shows including “Jane the Virgin” (pictured above), “Vampire Diaries,” “Arrow” and “The Flash.” Current-season shows like “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” and the forthcoming “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” are not covered under the existing pact.

“It’s still a very competitive business, and I think what happens is, people sell their programming to the highest bidder,” Sarandos said. “That’s true today, and that was true five years ago.”

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  1. johnesha elder says:

    Oh stop hating Netflix is GREAT I had it for ten years they send me extra blu rays all the time because the one at the top of my list can’t get to me in 2 days or sometimes just cause they want to. If you don’t like CW don’t watch their shows Netflix has their own shows that are really cool to watch some not so much but they put them all up at once so no waiting week by week for new eps. Netflix please renew CW fox and as many others as you can it is so much watching shows through you.

  2. Michelle says:

    i’m not buying netflix if they renew CW deal

    • Rena Moretti says:

      Nobody has ever bought Netflix for CW’s programming… ;)

      They can’t even get people to watch it for free!

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  4. Rena Moretti says:

    The CW shows are so unpopular that CW might fold from lack of interest from its affiliates.

    For some reason Netflix bandied about a ridiculous dollar amount for CW’s epic flop Gossip Girl and it’s possible some of the new execs at Warner don’t realize this was all for show…

    • Some people – my family included – enjoy them and watch them more than the other networks. Their ratings are lower than some other networks, but I enjoy most of their shows.

      • Rena Moretti says:

        CW’s ratings are lower than A LOT of othe networks, including cable networks.

        They are routinely clobbered by Fox News as well as generally behind TNT, TBS and USA, nt to mention over-the-air Ion, Telemundo and Univision.

        That’s how badly CW is doing.

        Interestingly, I keep reading about people who practically only watch CW… Makes me wonder why those ratings are so awful with all those families watching it religiously…

        It couldn’t be CW street-teamers are always posting the same story, could it? Of course not…

    • therealjonpalmer says:

      The CW shows are popular with the targeted demos. Just because 50 and overs, that still remember Walter Cronkite’s CBS Evening News, don’t watch–doesn’t mean there aren’t loyal viewers that do.

      • Rena Moretti says:

        Your blatant ageism is quite disgusting. :(

        Shame on you.

        As for CW, their shows are unpopular with every group, no matter how defined.

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