We want to still be watching these great guys and were happy when they got signed up. The buzz got higher when we also heard the amount they were to be paid.
|(L-R) James May, Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond. Courtesy of Carscoops.|
According to Carscoops, “apparently, Netflix was one of the many companies known to have been in discussions with the presenters, but according to Digital Spy, Netflix’s Chief Product Officer – Neil Hunt – stated that a possible deal with the guys was not worth the money (to Netflix):
“We have past episodes of Top Gear, so we have a pretty good gauge of what audiences like,” Netflix’s Chief Product Officer Neil Hunt told us. Our buying decisions tend to be somewhat data-driven. We have a lot of data to get the deals we want, so there we go. Clearly it wasn’t worth the money to make the deal… I think they sold themselves for way more money [than they’re worth].”
Mind you, with a $250 million check signed by Amazon, the team has about $6.9 million to spend per episode. And yes, that huge amount of cash should make every show an epic petrolhead Nirvana”.