Updated: FXX Acquires Syndicated Episodes of 'The Simpsons'

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November 15th, 2013



Updated to Include FXX's press release:



FXX Becomes Exclusive Cable Home and FXNOW Becomes the Non-Linear Platform

to Longest-Running Comedy in TV History


Includes 24 Seasons (530 Episodes) Along With Subsequent Seasons Not In First-Run on FOX


LOS ANGELES, November 15, 2013 – After a vigorous bidding war which resulted in what is believed to be the biggest off-network deal ever, FXX has secured the exclusive cable, VOD and non-linear rights to The Simpsons, the longest-running, most successful comedy series in television history, it was announced today by John Landgraf, CEO, FX Networks and FX Productions and Chuck Saftler, President, Program Strategy, and COO, FX Networks.


The longest-running scripted show in television history, The Simpsons has remained one of the most groundbreaking and innovative entertainment franchises, recognizable throughout the world. Currently in production on its record-annihilating 25th season, The Simpsons has won 28 Emmy Awards, and was nominated for an Academy Award in 2012 for the theatrical short “The Longest Daycare.”  It has been the subject of a hit feature film, created a revolutionary virtual coaster ride at Universal Studios, received a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame and has been honored with five U.S. postal stamps personally designed by creator Matt Groening.  Named the “Best Show of the 20th Century” by Time magazine, The Simpsons was also named “Greatest American Sitcom” by Entertainment Weekly in 2013.


Beginning in August 2014, through its landmark deal with Twentieth Century Fox Television, FXX will become the cable network home for all seasons of The Simpsons, excluding seasons airing in their first run on FOX.  FXNOW, the soon-to-be-launched mobile viewing app of FX Networks for its authenticated subscribers, will be the exclusive non-linear home for all seasons of The Simpsons, excluding seasons airing in their first run on FOX.  FXX and FXNOW will get subsequent seasons of The Simpsons as new seasons begin their first run on FOX. For example, beginning in August 2014 FXX will have access to 24 seasons (530 episodes) of the series. Beginning in September of 2014, FXX will have access to the 25th season of The Simpsons, when season 26 debuts on FOX.


The Simpsons is indisputably one of the greatest shows in television history,” said Landgraf.  “We are honored to have it associated with FX Networks and FXX.  This was a very long, hard and complicated negotiation and I credit the relentlessness and diligence of Chuck Saftler for getting it done. I also want to thank Gary Newman and Dana Walden at TCFTV, and Greg Meidel and Steve MacDonald at Twentieth Television.  Most important of all, I want to thank Jim Brooks, Matt Groening and Al Jean and everyone at Gracie Films for this new partnership.”


Saftler said, “Woo Hoo!  The Simpsons is the crown jewel of television and the longest-running, most successful comedy series in television history, which is testament to the amazing talents of Jim Brooks, Matt Groening, Al Jean, and the Gracie Films team. This is a historic deal for FXX and FX Networks and I don’t believe there will ever be another one like it.” Saftler negotiated the deal for FXX and FX Networks along with Chris Antola, Senior Vice President of Strategic Programming, FX Networks.


The Simpsons long ago crossed over from ‘brilliant award-winning comedy series’ to ‘full-fledged cultural phenomenon,’ and this landmark deal is a testament to its enduring power and relevance,” remarked 20th Century Fox TV Chairmen and CEO’s Gary Newman and Dana Walden. “Matt, Jim and Al continue to deliver one of the most ingenious creations of the modern era, and we could not be more excited that the ever growing library of more than 500 episodes will now be available to FXX viewers. The passion for this property from John, Chuck and everyone at FX was overwhelming, and we are grateful to Greg, Steve and Lori Bernstein in constructing this complicated and groundbreaking deal.”


The Simpsons is a Gracie Films Production in association with 20th Century Fox Television.  James L. Brooks, Matt Groening and Al Jean are the executive producers.  Film Roman, a Starz Media Company, is the animation house.



FXX is the new basic cable entertainment network from FX Networks which launched on September 2, 2013. Geared toward a young adult audience, the schedule features original series, movies, and acquired series. The channel is anchored by the acclaimed hit comedies It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League, and Legit, and Ali G: Rezurection coming in February 2014,  FXX is carried in more than 72 million homes. FXX and its sister channels FX and FXM comprise FX Networks, a business unit of 21 Century Fox.


FXX has paid 750 million dollars for syndication rights to The Simpsons. The extraordinarily popular series has never had a lucrative cable syndication deal before because when it launched in syndication back in the 1990s its deal limited it to local broadcast affiliates. That deal finally expired this fall and a bidding war commenced. The fledgling FXX was the winner. FXX will begin airing The Simpsons  in August 2014. The deal also gives FXX VOD rights to the show and covers the first 24 seasons of the longrunning series.

  • Mark

    Does this deal give FXX exclusive syndication rights? In other words, will The Simpsons will no longer be syndicated to local affiliates?

  • Mike

    WWHHHAAAT now I see why the show has been on the air so long… WHAT

  • John Lass

    750 million dollars for a TV show, wow, i know its the simpsons but that amount of money could help countries in need

  • Saying Sorry

    Well that is a pretty penny and 50% of the country wont even be able to watch

  • Steve Sadler Jr.

    As Homer Simpson would say, “Woo Hoo!”

  • Mike


    I Beleive it is exclusive to fxx possibly for a certain amount of episodes or possibly years..

  • J.G.

    I guess this partly explains Totally Biased’s cancellation; by buying this show they can’t afford much else, haha

  • Mike


    It is exclusive to fxx but I haven’t found any details as to how long..

    These rights include not only the exclusive exposure on the FXX cable network, which is the new comedy offshoot of the FX Network, but also video-on-demand and streaming rights. The sale came after what was officially described as a “vigorous bidding war,” which is something of boilerplate language for Hollywood deals, but which in this case was almost certainly true.

  • Benjamin

    If they air the uncut episodes (cleaned up at least as far as the DVD releases), they’ll probably get rather good ratings. If the episodes are chopped up like the ones on local TV stations, then you might as well watch the local station and run less risk of massive on air bugs, coming up next bars, and shrunk closing credits. Family Guy on Adult Swim is uncut, which is why it works even though you can watch reruns over the air in most cities almost every day.

  • Jeff (Canada)

    Canada has had The Simpsons in cable syndication for a good 15 years now. I believe it started out on Teletoon before switching over to The Comedy Network. And now I think MuchMusic has it.

  • vovka

    Well, that is about 1.5 million per episode.
    The Simpsons Movie’s budget was 75m and it’s runtime was roughly like 4 episodes. 75m/4=18m. So 1.5 million is really not that big

  • Raykov

    This is more than a million dollars per episode… It’s waaay too expensive for any show that isn’t airing new episodes. I remember that USA network got the rights for one of CBS’s crime dramas (probably NCIS) for $250 000 per episode which is like 5 times less than a 20 minute animated episode, most of which are not in HD, and have been seen a lot by the viewers… and if the syndication deal is not exclusive – it is just a bad business deal in which FXX are showing off.

  • Pepper

    I’ll probably tune in. I enjoy the Simpsons and there hasn’t been a lot of other good stuff on cable tv lately.

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    Too bad I don’t get FXX on my cable lineup.

  • Ram510

    I like how they’ve been really ambitious to try and make FXX a success

  • Alice

    You’d think FXX would worry about actually getting their network into some homes before shelling out 3/4 of a billion dollars on rerun accusations.

  • Dan

    It only took 20 years. Plus I didn’t know FXX had $750 million lying around.

  • Rev

    I don’t get it… aren’t fox and fxx sister networks or something like that..? Can someone explain this to me?

  • Davie

    $750,000,000? I know its 24 seasons worth but my God, that’s insane. FOX better hurry up and make new deals with cable providers regarding what package FXX is on. It needs to be a basic channel like FX if they hope to gain profit (if not break even) on this hefty ass deal, gonna need those ad rates to pour in, and with a limited audience as it is now I can’t imagine companies are willing to pay too much to have their commercials air on a premium channel.

  • Bram

    I’m sure by August they’ll get FXX into more homes.

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