Ted Sarandos

David Letterman makes his return on Netflix

David Letterman, who retired his long running show The Late Show in 2015, is returning to television for a new Netflix series. The yet-to-be-named, six-episode series will premiere in 2018. It will see Letterman combine in-depth conversations with top names and “in-the-field segments expressing his curiosity and humour”. In each hour-long episode, Letterman will conduct […]

Millarworld deal marks Netflix’s first acquisition

SVOD giant Netflix has entered the mergers and acquisitions market for the first time by acquiring comic book publishing house Millarworld. Netflix called its move into M&A a “natural progression in the company’s effort to work directly with prolific and skilled creators and to acquire intellectual properly ownership of stories featuring compelling characters and timeless, […]

Netflix expands Lat Am & India investment

Netflix is looking to expand Latin American investments, confirming it will host 50 new and returning original productions emerging from the region in 2018 and two new Indian originals. During a Vive Netflix event in Mexico City, chief content officer Ted Sarandos said: “Local creatives are breaking the paradigms of what storytelling has traditionally looked […]

Netflix talks YouTube envy, faith programming, sleep

Netflix bosses have told investors they have ‘YouTube envy’ and are looking to global shows to drive viewing numbers. They went on to say they will do more faith-based programming and brushed aside the rivalry with Amazon, instead insisting their real competitor was sleep. Reed Hastings, CEO of the US-listed streaming service, did an analyst […]

Netflix continues originals push

Streaming service Netflix has acquired global rights to Noah Baumbach’s latest film, and ordered a series based on a horror novel. The first deal sees Netflix picking up rights to The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) from IAC Films. The movie stars Adam Sandler, with whom Netflix already has an output deal, Ben Stiller, Dustin […]

Netflix product chief exits after 18 years

Netflix chief product officer Neil Hunt is leaving the subscription VOD service after nearly two decades, with the company’s talent boss also exiting. Netflix Japan chief Greg Peters is replacing Hunt at the unit, which designs, builds and delivers the platform’s experience. Meanwhile, chief talent officer Tawni Cranz is leaving the business to “pursue other […]

Netflix hires ex-Universal exec to run movies

Netflix has hired former Universal exec Scott Stuber to head up its ongoing drive into original movies. Stuber, who had been a frontrunner to the role vacated by Brad Grey at Paramount, will oversee a growing slate of films at the US streaming service, which expects to release 30 titles this year. Stuber was vice […]

INTV: Fox looks to Wade to revitalise reality

Fox Television Group co-chairman and CEO Dana Walden has backed Fox’s new reality chief to bring a new wave of unscripted hits to the network. The US broadcaster named Rob Wade president of alternative entertainment and specials last month. Speaking at the INTV conference here in Jerusalem today, Walden, who runs both the Fox broadcast […]

Netflix claims $1.75bn Europe spend

Netflix has launched a European charm offensive, claiming a to-date spend of US$1.75 billion in the continent and announcing it is coproducing three more dramas there. The US-based SVOD service has been criticised for under-investing in Europe, and last year the European Commission unveiled plans that would require it and other streaming services to source […]

Jerry Seinfeld leaves Crackle for Netflix

US streamer Netflix has pulled off a big-money coup by signing comedian and writer Jerry Seinfeld to an exclusive multi-faceted production deal. Seinfeld was previously with Sony’s on-demand platform Crackle, with various commentators immediately noting this is among the first cases of a major VOD platform poaching talent from another. The pact will see 24 […]