Ted Sarandos

Netflix lifts the lid on viewing trends

Netflix says it has identified a new trend among its members whereby they integrate movies into their series binge watching. The US streaming service redefined and gave new life to the term ‘binge watching’ and has now lifted the lid on how its customers weave features into those bingeing habits. Netflix identified the trend by […]

Netflix boss takes a shot at Amazon

Amazon is “spending a lot of money” on original content without “gaining much traction”, according to rival streaming video service Netflix’s programming chief. Speaking to analysts at UBS’s 44th Annual Global Media and Communications Conference, Ted Sarandos cited data from data traffic management specialist Sandvine and others to back up his view that Amazon’s original content […]

Netflix looks at offline mode

Netflix is looking at introducing an offline-viewing mode in developing countries to make to easier for viewers to access content. In an interview with CNBC, chief content officer Ted Sarandos said that content downloads is something that Netflix is “looking at now”, but did not say when this would roll out. “We have talked a […]

Netflix surges as revenues top $2bn

Netflix has reported better than expected results, with quarterly revenues topping US$2 billion for the first time. Summer hits Stranger Things and Narcos drove the growth, and investors rushed to back the US streaming company in pre-market trading after a period of share price volatility. Speaking to analysts in the wake of the third quarter results, Netflix […]

Netflix hires ex-Universal TV exec as content VP

Netflix has appointed former Universal Television president Bela Bajaria as its vice-president of content. Bajaria will lead the team at Netflix responsible for licensing content from the major US studios, including her former employer NBCUniversal, and agreeing coproduction deals with the major US networks. She will also oversee a new team developing original unscripted programmes […]

Netflix: two-thirds of viewing is on series

TV series, including Netflix’s own original productions, now account for two thirds of viewing time on the SVOD service, according to Ted Sarandos. Speaking at the RTS London Conference yesterday, Netflix’s chief content officer, said that it was more efficient to spend money on originals than on licensing high profile content, and said that it […]

Netflix sets sights on more British originals

Netflix is set to ramp up its British production efforts, with co-production deals in place with the three main UK terrestrial broadcasters. Speaking at the RTS London Conference yesterday, Netflix’s chief content officer, Ted Sarandos, said that Netflix had already had global success with the UK shows it has licensed for its service and claimed […]

Netflix taps John Wells for Panama Papers film

The West Wing’s John Wells is teaming up with global streamer Netflix to create a feature film based on the story of the Panama Paper leaks. John Wells Productions (Burnt) is adapting a book German investigative journalists Frederik Obermaier and Bastian Obermayer wrote after uncovering the correspondence, Panama Papers: Breaking the Story of How the […]

Netflix extends CW content pact

Netflix will remain the exclusive US subscription on-demand home of programming from broadcast network The CW following a new agreement. The pair have concluded a deal that will see shows such as The 100, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Jane the Virgin made available to Netflix subscribers in their entirety eight days after their finale. Also included […]

Netflix commits to Korean originals

Netflix has said it will make original programming out of South Korea. Visiting the country for the first time in his capacity as Netflix cofounder and CEO, Reed Hastings told local press that the Korean market is well-suited to Netflix. “Korea is an optimal market for Netflix as the nation has a high level of […]