Magazine article Screen International

Netflix to Bolster UK Team

Magazine article Screen International

Netflix to Bolster UK Team

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Netflix is preparing to put a number of commissioners on the ground in the UK with content boss Ted Sarandos revealing the streaming service is committed to British originals.

Speaking at the RTS London conference, Sarandos told Screen's sister publication Broadcast that there would soon be some additions joining its PR and marketing-focused Fitzrovia office.

"We'll have a few folk here to start working with local producers as we ramp up both our original productions in the UK and our co-production partnerships," he said. "I imagine we'll have people on the ground in short order."

He added that the LA-based commissioning team, which includes vice president of original content Cindy Holland and vice president of European acquisitions Larry Tanz, travelled the world hunting new ideas, as well as working closely with talent agencies such as CAA, WME and ICM.

"My team is very active at all the festivals and markets and works closely with all of the agencies and take pitches non-stop all day," he said.

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