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Breaking Bad spin-off Saul scores Netflix streaming deal

Episodes of the hotly-anticipated Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul will launch on Netflix in Europe and Latin America soon after their debut on AMC in the US.

Better Call Saul1The Sony Pictures Television-produced series, which will follow Bob Odenkirk as crooked lawyer Saul Goodman in the years before his appearances before Breaking Bad, launches next year.

Uptake on Netflix was widely credited with keeping Breaking Bad going in its early seasons on AMC, when ratings were low. The lauded series subsequently gained momentum and the finale scored more than 10 million cable viewers in the US in September.

Breaking Bad is widely recognised as one of the great TV experiences in this new golden age of television. It has also proven very popular with Netflix subscribers around the world,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix, chief content officer.

“This spin-off promises to continue its tradition of powerful storytelling. We are proud to be in business with Sony Pictures Television to bring Saul Goodman to our subscribers around the world.”

In related news, US trade outlets are reporting Chernin Entertainment’s senior VP, comedy Jane Wiseman has joined US-based Netflix as senior executive in its programming team. She will report to VP, original content, Cindy Holland, as per Deadline, which broke the news.

In the US, Better Call Saul will launch on Netflix soon after the season completes on cable.