Netflix Signs 'Narcos' Showrunner Eric Newman to Overall Series Deal

The pact cements the relationship between the streaming giant and Newman, who also produced the company's feature film 'Bright.'
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Netflix and producer Eric Newman are strengthening their relationship, as the Narcos showrunner has signed an overall series deal with the streaming giant.

Under the multiyear deal, Newman will create and develop series projects for Netflix. The pact is in addition to a first-look film deal that Newman and producing partner Bryan Unkeless signed in March for their Screen Arcade shingle.

Newman has a fairly deep history with Netflix, having brought the company Hemlock Grove, its second-ever original series (following House of Cards). He also conceived, packaged and brought Narcos, which is going into its fourth season, to Netflix and continues to work on the drug-world drama as a writer, showrunner and executive producer.

Newman and Unkeless also produced Netflix's feature film Bright, which was released in December and per Nielsen figures was seen by 11 million U.S. users within three days (the streamer doesn't release viewership figures for any of its offerings). The movie also performed well globally, the company said, and a sequel to the Will Smith-Joel Edgerton fantasy cop drama is in the works.

Newman's credits as a producer also include Children of Men, Zack Snyder's Dawn of the Dead, The Last Exorcism and the 2014 RoboCop remake. He is repped by CAA and attorneys Stewart Brookman and Craig Jacobson. 

Newman joins a growing roster of producers with Netflix overall deals including Shonda Rhimes, Ryan Murphy, Jenji Kohan and more.