Cindy Holland


Netflix cancels ‘The OA’ after two seasons

Netflix has pulled the plug on sci-fi thriller The OA after two seasons.  Cindy Holland, head of originals at the streaming giant, confirmed the cancellation in a statement released today (5 August): “We are incredibly proud of the 16 mesmerizing chapters of The OA, and are grateful to Brit and Zal for sharing their audacious vision and […]

Netflix rejigs exec ranks with new remits for Nishimura, Riegg

Weeks after it delineated exec ranks between English-language and international content, Netflix has again restructured its exec roster with promotions for Los Angeles-based Lisa Nishimura and Brandon Riegg. The global SVOD has promoted VP of original documentary and comedy programming Nishimura to VP of independent films and documentary features, meaning the long-time exec will now oversee […]

Netflix: Humans, not machines, greenlight our shows

Netflix exec Cindy Holland has said it is “humans” and not machines making commissioning decisions and that the SVOD is judicious about evaluating viewership following a programme launch. The 17-year Netflix exec, who serves as VP of original content, said that while the business “doesn’t have to think” about ratings to the extent of networks, […]

Netflix spins off Haunting of Hill House as horror anthology series

Netflix is spinning off horror series The Haunting of Hill House as an anthology series. The streaming giant has greenlit a new series that will sit as part of The Haunting anthology, focusing on a new story and new characters from those in the first series, which aired ahead of Halloween last year. The new […]

Netflix’s Sky drama hire points to a major UK strategy shift

Sky drama boss Anne Mensah’s appointment at Netflix has been hailed by the British production community as a major coup that could see commissioning power shift in the UK’s favour alongside more talent deals. After being linked to the sought-after UK scripted role at Netflix since early this year, the streaming giant revealed Mensah’s appointment […]

Netflix orders LA-set French comedy

Netflix is expanding its relationship with Gad Elmaleh, handing the French comedian his own series and an English-language stand-up special. The SVOD service ordered a French language stand-up special from Elmaleh in January this year, and has now put an eight-part comedy into production. Huge in France, a half-hour scripted show, follows Elmaleh as he […]

Netflix & Drake bring back Top Boy

Netflix is bringing back British drama Top Boy, with its third season going out via the platform. The Ronan Bennett-created series will feature ten new episodes executive produced by well-known rapper Drake (pictured). Stars from the first two seasons, Ashley Walters and Kane Robinson (aka rappers Asher D and Kano), will also make a comeback. […]

Originals investment pushes up Netflix price

Netflix has hiked its prices once again, with the SVOD giant claiming this is due to its investments in original programming. Netflix’s content spend is due to hit US$7 billion next year, with shows such as the newly commissioned ten-part series Raising Dion the result. A Netflix spokesperson was been quoted saying the new higher […]

Netflix orders Israeli dramas from Fauda pair

Streaming service Netflix has commissioned a pair of dramas from the Israeli creative team behind its thriller Fauda. The series are a currently untitled drama inspired by a real-life CIA and Mossad operation, while the other is Hit and Run, a political espionage thriller. Both shows come from Lior Raz (pictured) and Avi Issacharoff, who […]

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