Ricky Gervais agreed to sell the rights to his new show 'Derek' to Netflix because they gave him ''artistic freedom'' - and paid a lot.
Ricky Gervais made ''28 times'' more money selling his new show than on 'The Office'.
The 51-year-old comedian - who rose to fame playing David Brent on the UK version of the hit comedy series, which he wrote and then sold the rights to several countries across the world - thinks video-on-demand broadcaster Netflix is the future of television and was happy to embrace the ''artistic freedom'' they offered by selling his new comedy 'Derek' to the provider.
He told the New York Post newspaper: ''My new sitcom 'Derek' premieres on Netflix next year. I consider Netflix TV's future. Viewing habits changed. People want everything on demand.
''Its figures are impressive, I have absolute artistic freedom and an artist wants maximum viewers with minimum interference.
''Besides, Netflix made me an offer I couldn't refuse. I tell you, I worked it out to 28 times what I made from the first series of 'The Office'. Ker-ching!''
Ricky produced a pilot for 'Derek', which proved to be a hit on UK station Channel 4 earlier this year.
A full series will air in 2013.