Chris Rock Paid $40 Million For Two Netflix Specials
Chris Rock is officially returning to the stage. The 51-year-old comic has snagged two new comedy specials with Netflix. According to a new report, securing Rock was extremely competitive, as he’s done FIVE standup specials with HBO. Sources claim that he is being paid $40 million for the specials. The first show will tape in 2017, following a new world tour being planned now. Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer says,
Chris Rock is a beloved actor and director, and his remarkable stand-up makes him comic royalty. There is no one like him, and Netflix offers the global platform and creative freedom that will serve as a perfect home for someone with his incredible talent.
Lisa Nishimura, vp original documentary and comedy at Netflix, added:
Increasingly, Netflix is becoming the preeminent destination for stand-up comedy, partnering with top-tier talent across a wide variety of styles and humor, enabling them to bring their fresh, distinctive and hilarious voices to our members in 190 countries around the world,” said “Our members discover every day that we truly offer something for every comedy fan, and the comedians we partner with understand the power of having a direct line to our ever-growing global audience. Coming on the heels of our first Emmy win in the category (Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping), now is the perfect time to take things to the next level with Chris Rock.
Rock confirmed the news as well, stating:
I’m very excited to be working with Ted and Lisa and all the good people at Netflix. I can’t wait to get back on stage.
Rock is a comedian, actor, and producer. After working as a standup comic and appearing in small film roles, Rock came to wider prominence as a cast member of Saturday Night Live in the early 1990s. He went on to more prominent film appearances, with starring roles in Down to Earth (2001), Head of State (2003), the Madagascar film series (2005–2012), Grown Ups (2010), its sequel Grown Ups 2 (2013), Top Five (2014), and a series of acclaimed comedy specials for HBO. He developed, wrote, and narrated the sitcom Everybody Hates Chris (2005–2009). Rock hosted the 77th Academy Awards in 2005 and the 88th in 2016. He has won four Emmy Awards and three Grammy Awards.