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Mad Men Will Be on Netflix Instant in July

Mad Men will be available on Netflix Instant at the end of July as part of a new deal that Lionsgate and Netflix announced yesterday. Netflix is paying the studio between $750,000 and $900,000 per episode for the syndication rights to the series — which means Mad Men reruns won't air on another TV network. The first four seasons will be available on July 27, and subsequent seasons will be available after they air on AMC in their entirety. The fact that this is a syndication deal and not a distribution one highlights Netflix's changing role: Between this and the recent deal with Kevin Spacey and David Fincher, Netflix is inching ever closer to network status. Perhaps its first hit could be called "all of The Wire, finally"? [Company Town/LAT]

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