Ted Sarandos
Courtesy of Netflix
United States
2021

Netflix

Ted
Sarandos

Co-CEO / Chief Content Officer

Sarandos has transitioned from media disruptor to standard bearer, controlling (along with co-CEO Reed Hastings) a global content budget estimated to be $17 billion in 2021, as traditional Hollywood studios chase Netflix’s tail in the streaming space. His big bets on rich producer deals get a lot of scrutiny, but the breakout success of “Bridgerton” in 2021 has at least justified the company’s pact with executive producer Shonda Rhimes, who signed an extension in July. He made Netflix’s biggest deal yet, acquiring the Roald Dahl Story Company for $700 million in September. This was also the year when Netflix made clear its intent to expand beyond entertainment into video games. The onetime video store manager has been well compensated, earning $39.3 million in 2020, up from $34.7 million the year before.

Career

  • Netflix
  • BRIGHT
  • FIRST THEY KILLED MY FATHER: A DAUGHTER OF CAMBODIA REMEMBERS

Education

  • Arizona State University (AZ, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
  • Dealmaker's Impact
  • Digital Entertainment Impact/Digital Execs
  • Showman of the Year
  • Variety Vanguard
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