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Netflix Taps Fox 21 TV Studios’ Tara Flynn as Drama Originals Development Exec

Netflix has recruited another TV exec for its expanding originals slate: Tara Flynn, formerly with Fox 21 Television Studios, has joined the company as a development executive primarily working on original drama series.

At Netflix, Flynn reports to VP of original series Peter Friedlander, who joined the company in 2011 from production firm Playtone. A Netflix rep confirmed Flynn’s hiring, which was first reported by Deadline.

Flynn most recently was VP of creative affairs for Fox 21 Television Studios, where she worked on comedy and drama development and oversaw current series. She was promoted to the role after 20th Century Fox TV merged its Fox 21 and Fox Television Studios production units.

Prior to that Flynn was at Fox 21, where she worked on shows including “Homeland,” “Sons of Anarchy,” “Brickleberry,” “Salem” and “Legends.” Before joining Fox 21 in 2010, Flynn was an exec at ABC Studios.

In 2016, Netflix expects to launch 600 hours of original programming, up from 450 hours in 2015, content chief Ted Sarandos said at the start of the year. The company has projected content spending on a profit/loss basis to rise from $5 billion this year to more than $6 billion in 2017.

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