Magazine article Screen International

Ted Sarandos Says Netflix Has "Mostly" Moved on from Broadcaster Friction

Magazine article Screen International

Ted Sarandos Says Netflix Has "Mostly" Moved on from Broadcaster Friction

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Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos has discussed working with European broadcast partners after announcing three major co-pro dramas.

These are Troy: Fall Of A City (BBC1), Black Earth Rising (BBC2) and The Spy (Canal+).

Talking to press in Berlin, Sarandos said: "As we've deepened our presence in the region, we've sought out the expertise and partnership of some of Europe's biggest linear and cable networks.

"By working together and providing access to our more than 93m households, we can jointly create more ambitious and better programming than ever before. When we team up with BBC (UK) or Rai (Italy), they benefit from the scale of our platform, and we benefit from access to great global stories, and great global storytellers.

"Like any relationship, there's occasional friction over rights," he admits, "but we've mostly gotten past that and together got solutions that work for both parties."

He added: "We want to see a vibrant, European production and distribution industry and we think Netflix is leveraging internet TV to help European broadcasters reach a bigger and more global audience than they could on their own. …

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