Ted Sarandos


Nine to Five pair reunite for Netflix comedy

Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are to star in Grace and Frankie, Netflix’s first originally-conceived comedy original. The pair will play long-term rivals brought together when their respective husbands announce they are in love with one another and plan to marry. Netflix has commissioned Skydance Productions (Manhattan, World War Z) to produce the single-cam 13x30mins […]

Netflix exclusive for Star Wars toon finale

Netflix has bagged exclusive rights to the climactic season of the Star Wars Clone Wars animated series. Lucasfilm, the studio behind the Star Wars franchise and the Star Wars: The Clone Wars series said last year that it was axing the animated show, shortly after being bought by Disney for US$4 billion. At that point […]

Netflix orders Michael Eisner adult toon comedy

Netflix has commissioned former Disney boss Michael Eisner’s prodco to create an adult-themed animated series about a disillusioned whiskey drinking horse. BoJack Horseman features Arrested Development’s Will Arnett as a washed up 1990s humanoid horse TV star, BoJack, once huge through fictional family sitcom Horsin’ Around. The 12-part series also stars Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) […]

Halloween treat as Netflix buys Dexter

Netflix has acquired all eight seasons of the recently ended Showtime serial killer drama Dexter and will launch half on Halloween night. The first four will be available instantly on the service on October 31, with the final four added on January 1, 2014. The finale episode of the series, about a police blood spatter […]

Carl Icahn sells Netflix shares for bumper $819m

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn has sold more than half of his shares in streaming site Netflix in deals that have pocketed him more than US$800 million. According to an SEC filing issued yesterday, Icahn sold 2.98 million shares – around 5.1% of his 9.4% stake – over 12 days beginning October 10. The deals are […]

Exclusive Netflix-Disney deal in the Netherlands

Netflix has agreed an deal with Disney for the studio’s film titles. The agreement gives the Dutch Netflix exclusive subscription VOD rights to the features from next year. The deal covers live-action and animated movies from Disney and Pixar and titles include Marvel’s The Avengers, Monsters University and The Lone Ranger. Netflix in the Netherlands […]

International media coming to Cambridge

Liberty Global CEO Mike Fries, ABC boss Paul Lee and Microsoft Studios chief Nancy Tellem will be in the UK next month for the Royal Television Society’s annual convention. The media get-together is chaired by Channel 4 boss David Abraham and other speakers include UK culture secretary Maria Miller, BBC Worldwide CEO Tim Davie, YouTube […]

Netflix: Weinstein deal will ‘reinvent’ pay TV window

Netflix’s efforts to secure first-run content have resulted in an exclusive US pay TV deal for The Weinstein Company’s movies – a partnership the pair claims will “reinvent” windowing. Streaming service Netflix has scored a multi-year licensing deal that gives it first-window subscription rights to theatrically released feature films from TWC and Dimension Films, starting […]

Netflix gets Scholastic about kids shows

Streaming service Netflix has acquired a range of series from education-focused children’s content producer Scholastic Media. The news shows will launch on Netflix’s platforms in the US, Canada, Latin America, the UK and Ireland. Netflix has already launched season 1-4 of The Magic School Bus comprising 52 episodes and seasons 1-4 of Goosebumps comprising 74 […]

Netflix to move into original feature docs, stand-up

US streaming service Netflix will broaden its original content strategy by moving into one-off feature documentaries and stand-up comedy, its CEO has revealed. Reed Hastings (pictured) made the announcement in a letter to shareholders, in which he also claimed original content strategies adopted by streaming rivals Hulu and Amazon Prime were helping OTT platforms to […]