Big day for The Simpsons: the entirety of the long-running animated show will be available for streaming and on cable for the first time starting next August, via the new spinoff channel FXX. The nine-figure deal has certainly made quite a few people happy, but not everyone is a winner here. Let's see who emerged victorious and who might be disappointed with the outcome.
20th Century Fox: By going to FXX, everyone the show is "staying in the family," as Bill Carter of the New York Times reported. The show was created by 20th Century Fox Television, it is broadcast on Fox, and now has a home at the cable network FXX. And FX paid good money for it. "After the television unit announced the sale, analysts estimated a purchase price of between $1 million and $2 million an episode, putting the overall value in the range of $550 million to $1 billion-plus," Carter wrote. According to Nellie Andreeva at Deadline insiders estimated that FXX was paying about $1.250 million per week.
The Simpsons: You could argue that the show has gone downhill (we would), but this should definitely revive interest in watching the classic episode, which can only allow the show's reputation to thrive. Plus, all that money.