PARIS – Netflix execs will be back in France “within a fortnight” to continue discussing their launch there, Pascal Rogard, managing director of France’s SACD rights collection society told a Paris press conference yesterday.
“There’s a specific scenario, even if they haven’t given a launcg date,” Rogard added, saying it was “credible and possible” Netflix could bow in France in September.
Reported in French news blog Satellifax, Rogard’s comments come just one week after Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, analyzing Netflix’s 2013 results, which beat Wall Street expectations, confirmed that Netflix was planning “a substantial European expansion” in 2014. Hastings was coy about where that growth could take place. France’s Rogard has been more forthcoming.
Netflix’s David Hyman, general counsel, and Christopher Libertelli , head of global government relations, first met with the staff of French president Francois Hollande, as well as with Rogard himself in early December to discuss information about the legal conditions that would affect its potential arrival in France,” according to an official at the president’s office, cited by Reuteurs. The Netflix execs also visited Germany and further European counytries.
The next visit will come from “operational” execs, per Rogard, who will discuss contracts.
Rogard added that Netflix had initiated conversations with French right-holders and had already acquired series to air in France.