Anis­ton: Net­flix deal tes­ta­ment to show’s value

The Sentinel-Record - - ARTS, ETC. - RYAN PEAR­SON

LOS AN­GE­LES — Jen­nifer Anis­ton calls it “amaz­ing” that “Friends” still has an au­di­ence big enough to prompt multi-mil­lion dol­lar busi­ness deals to keep it from dis­ap­pear­ing on Net­flix.

“I find it amaz­ing that it’s con­tin­ued to have such love and such an au­di­ence and such an ap­petite for it,” Anis­ton told The As­so­ci­ated Press Thurs­day at the pre­miere of her Net­flix film “Dumplin’.”

Af­ter an out­cry from fans, Net­flix an­nounced ear­lier in the week that it was keep­ing the ad­ven­tures of Ross, Rachel, Phoebe and Joey avail­able to sub­scribers through 2019 — at a re­ported $100 mil­lion price tag to the stream­ing ser­vice.

“I think it says a lot about the show. Es­pe­cially since it takes place at a time where it’s so dif­fer­ent from now. You know, peo­ple ac­tu­ally spoke to each other and hung out with each other and talked,” Anis­ton said.

Warn­erMe­dia owns the show, which aired on NBC for ten years end­ing in 2004. It won six Emmy Awards, in­clud­ing a best com­edy ac­tress Emmy for Anis­ton.

Net­flix paid more than triple the $30 mil­lion a year it had been pay­ing for “Friends,” The New York Times re­ported ear­lier this week, cit­ing two uniden­ti­fied peo­ple with di­rect knowl­edge of the deal.

“Friends” could soon ap­pear more places on­line. The Times said noth­ing in the Net­flix deal pre­vented the show from ap­pear­ing on a stream­ing ser­vice AT&T plans to launch in 2020.

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