The show runners of Game of Thrones, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have signed a $200m (£165m) deal with Netflix to write, produce and direct new TV shows and films for the streaming site.
The Hollywood Reporter, said there was a bidding war for the duo between Netflix, Disney and Amazon, but the pair eventually agreed to leave their current home of HBO due to the streaming giant’s offer.
In a statement, Benioff and Weiss said they had been speaking to Netflix’s bosses over the past few months, and they are “honoured” to join the streaming platform.
“We’ve had a beautiful run with HBO for more than a decade and we’re grateful to everyone there for always making us feel at home. Over the past few months we’ve spent many hours talking to Cindy Holland and Peter Friedlander, as well as Ted Sarandos and Scott Stuber,”.
“We remember the same shots from the same ’80s movies; we love the same books; we’re excited about the same storytelling possibilities. Netflix has built something astounding and unprecedented, and we’re honoured they invited us to join them.” the statement said.
Meanwhile, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement: “We are thrilled to welcome master storytellers David Benioff and Dan Weiss to Netflix. They are a creative force and have delighted audiences worldwide with their epic storytelling. We can’t wait to see what their imaginations will bring to our members.”
Benioff and Weiss are much in demand after Game of Thrones came to an end and managed to set a new Emmy record of 32 nominations for a single programme in one year.