Madam Secretary Licensed to Netflix, WE tv


CBS Corporation has signed a multiplatform syndication agreement for its political drama Madam Secretary, windowing the off-network rights for the series with an SVOD service, a basic cable network and broadcast TV stations.

As part of an agreement with Netflix, all three previous seasons of Madam Secretary are currently available on-demand. Season four will be coming to the subscription service in mid-2018. WE tv acquired the off-network rights to present the Téa Leoni-led drama, which will begin running on the AMC Networks-owned channel in 2018. In addition, Madam Secretary will launch in weekend syndication in fall 2018 on CBS-owned stations.

“CBS dramas continue to be in demand on all viewing platforms as their subscribers and viewers covet content that appeals to mass audiences,” said Scott Koondel, the chief content licensing officer at CBS Corporation. “This proven off-network model will provide tremendous incremental value for both CBS and our licensing partners.”

“Our growing viewership has demonstrated a clear interest in real and relatable characters through WE tv originals on Thursday and Friday nights and popular acquired shows like Madam Secretary, an acclaimed series that aligns well with our brand,” said Marc Juris, the president of WE tv.