“Lord of the Rings” Show Budget Explained

Originally published on Dark Horizons by Garth Franklin

At $465 million for the first season alone, Amazon is spending an absolute mint to bring the world of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” to television.

As part of a recent THR roundtable with entertainment executives, Amazon’s Jennifer Salke was asked about what that price tag says not just about the show but the streaming industry as a whole today.

Salke cited the recent Netflix deal of $469 million for two “Knives Out” sequels as showcasing how ‘crazy’ the market is right now and then explains:

“This is a full season of a huge world-building show. The number is a sexy headline or a crazy headline that’s fun to click on, but that is really building the infrastructure of what will sustain the whole series. But it is a crazy

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