Sunday, December 28, 2014

DreamWorks CEO offered to pay $75M for three more episodes of 'Breaking Bad'

In yet another example of eccentric, rich people having outlandish, but somehow intriguing visions, the CEO of DreamWorks Animation, Jeffrey Katzenberg, regaled TV executives at MIPCOM in Cannes with the saga of that time he tried to buy three more episodes of The Internet's Favorite Show Ever, Breaking Bad.

DreamWorks CEO offered to pay $75M for three more episodes of 'Breaking Bad'

In yet another example of eccentric, rich people having outlandish, but somehow intriguing visions, the CEO of DreamWorks Animation, Jeffrey Katzenberg, regaled TV executives at MIPCOM in Cannes with the saga of that time he tried to buy three more episodes of The Internet's Favorite Show Ever, Breaking Bad.

Removing his monocle and sipping Pernod-Ricard Perrier-Jouet from a solid gold chalice (probably), Katzenberg admitted that he's a huge fan of Vince Gilligan's AMC drama and told the executives that he offered to pay $25 million for each additional episode, totaling $75 million for 180 extra meth-fueled minutes. The idea was that Katzenberg would break the added three hours of footage up into smaller, six-minute segments and release them online for the price of $0.50-$0.99 a pop.

“The last series cost about $3.5 million an episode. So they would make more profit from these three shows than they made from five years of the entire series,” he said.

He explained that he had intended to show the extra content as six-minute segments over 30 days online.

“I said (to them), ‘I’m going to create the greatest pay-per-view television event for scripted programming anybody’s ever done,’ ” he explained.

The plan never materialized, though, because the way Gilligan and company ended the series would have made it difficult to extend the storyline for another 180 minutes. So, instead of extra, contrived footage that would have cost fans $15-$30 and sullied the end of story, fans of the show were treated to a critically-acclaimed, incredibly appropriate ending to one of the greatest shows ever made for the low, low price of $FREE.99.

For shame. [Variety]

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