Ted Sarandos
Courtesy of Netflix
United States
2019

Netflix

Ted
Sarandos

Chief Content Officer

Sarandos has gone from buying DVDs in bulk to ne of the entertainment industry’s biggest power brokers. From Netflix’s new digs in Hollywood, he oversees the streamer’s massive, debt-fueled content budget — estimated to be north of $15 billion for 2019 on a gross basis — which he increasingly pumps into originals. He joined the company in 2000 to head up DVD acquisitions, after serving as an exec for the West Coast Video rental chain. He shifted to buying streaming rights and shepherded Netflix’s early breakouts such as “House of Cards” and “Orange Is the New Black.” More recently, Sarandos has landed big-ticket production deals with Shonda Rhimes, Ryan Murphy, Kenya Barris, Marti Noxon and the Obamas. He has served on Spotify’s board since 2016.

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
  • Dealmaker's Impact
  • Digital Entertainment Impact/Digital Execs
  • Showman of the Year
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Ted Sarandos Says Disney Plus Launch Changes 'Nothing' for Netflix

Ted Sarandos Says Disney Plus Launch Changes 'Nothing' for Netflix

Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos claims he's not getting distracted by huge competitors -- like Disney -- rumbling into the company's streaming turf.The exec was asked what has changed for Netflix with the Nov. 12 launch of Disney Plus, which the Mouse House boasted as having signed up over 10 million users so far. Sarandos responded, "I don't mean to say this [as] anything but the truth, which is -- nothing, really.""Our focus has been, and it will be, on...

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