Ted Sarandos
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United States
2018

Netflix

Ted
Sarandos

Chief Content Officer

The gatekeeper of Netflix’s massive content budget — pegged at upwards of $14 billion for 2018 on a gross basis — has spent nearly two decades at the company, playing a central role in its journey to becoming effectively the world’s biggest television network. Sarandos joined the company in 2000 to head up DVD acquisitions, after serving as an exec in the West Coast Video chain. He shifted to buying streaming rights and shepherded Netflix’s early breakout originals such as “House of Cards” and “Orange Is the New Black.” Today the company is spending more money than ever on TV and film to fuel its global growth, and Sarandos recently landed big-ticket production deals with the likes of Shonda Rhimes, Ryan Murphy and the Obamas.

Career

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

Education

  • Arizona State University (AZ, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • Dealmaker's Impact
  • Digital Entertainment Impact/Digital Execs
  • Showman of the Year
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Netflix Seeks Aggressive Push Into India, Says Ted Sarandos

Netflix Seeks Aggressive Push Into India, Says Ted Sarandos

Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos says the global streaming giant is planning an aggressive push into the Indian market. It will involve increased production and may include a reduced subscription price.“We have 10 original shows in production right now and six original films coming up for 2019 and more to come,” said Sarandos. He was speaking as part of a masterclass delivered at the Mumbai Film Festival.Netflix’s investment in licensing of Indian content has more than doubled since the...

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