‘Sex and the City’ Author Says Netflix Deal Won’t “Financially Affect” Her: “The Way Men Do Business Is a Ponzi Scheme”

Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell revealed this week she will not receive royalties from Netflix amid the show’s freshly announced move to the streamer.

“The way men do business is a ponzi scheme,” Bushnell told The Sunday Times.

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Bushnell published her first “Sex and the City” column in The New York Observer in 1994. She told the Times this week that she was paid $100,000 for the screen rights to HBO’s Sex and the City in the ’90s, which eventually ran for six seasons from 1998 to 2004 and later spanned two movies and the spinoff series, And Just Like That (currently in production on its third season).

News of Sex and the City‘s move to Netflix came in January, when it was announced that all episodes of the original Emmy-winning comedy would be available in April. The show, along with the films and spinoff, will still be available to stream on Max as well. The licensing deal was part of a content agreement that HBO parent company Warner Bros. Discovery made with Netflix in July 2023, though SATC was not originally named as part of the contract.

Though it’s unclear how much Bushnell has been paid in total for the original show, movies and spinoff, she confirmed this week she would not make any extra from the move to Netflix.

“All of these men who are in charge of things, they just keep moving these cards around to make money because every time they move the cards around somebody’s skimming,” Bushnell said. “The percentage of women in the 1 percent who made their own money is about 3.5 percent, and that’s shocking.”

In December, Netflix made headlines for being declared by some the winner of the streaming wars, given the company’s impressive subscriber growth at a time when many of its competitors are struggling. Others pointed to the streamer’s ability to reignite conversation surrounding old shows like USA Network’s Suits.

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