Scott Stuber, Netflix’s head of global film, has joined the board of directors of the National Film Preservation Foundation.
The NFPF is the nonprofit organization created by Congress dedicated to saving America’s film heritage. Stuber’s posting is a four-year appointment, made by the Librarian of Congress, Dr. Carla Hayden.
The Netflix executive now joins members Grover Crisp and Eric J. Schwartz, chair and vice chair, respectively, as well as Cecilia deMille Presley, Zooey Deschanel, Robert G. Rehme, Leonard Maltin, Scott M. Martin, Martin Scorsese, John Ptak, Alfre Woodard, Larry Karaszewski and Hayden.
“We are extremely pleased to welcome Scott Stuber to the Board of Directors of the NFPF,” said Crisp in a statement. “With his support and advice, the foundation will continue its core mission to preserve a wide diversity of American films from across the nation and make them available for study, research and exhibition. Without the commitment of individuals like Mr. Stuber, this would not be possible.”
In accepting the appointment, Stuber stated, “Film heritage and preservation is vital to our industry. I look forward to contributing to the incredible work the NFPF is committed to and am honored to join the board.”
Stuber is the veteran film producer and executive who has made film production a key component of Netflix’s streaming strategy, making the company a top spot for filmmakers. The company nabbed 36 Oscar nominations for such films as David Fincher’s ode to Old Hollywood, Mank, Aaron Sorkin’s political drama Trial of the Chicago 7, blues drama Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Spike Lee’s opus Da 5 Bloods, and class drama White Tiger.
The previous year Netflix scored wins and nominations for Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman and marital drama Marriage Story, and the year before that led the company to take a chance on Roma, Alfonso Cuaron’s black-and-white Spanish-language family drama.
Stuber was also a producer who founded his own shingle, producing hits such as Ted, Central Intelligence and Safe House, and before that, a top exec at Universal Studios who helped launch the Bourne, Fast and Furious and Meet the Parents franchises as well as movies such as 8 Mile and A Beautiful Mind.
The NFPF focuses less on the Hollywood system than on the many silent-era movies, documentaries, newsreels, industrial films and others that offer a look at American life or record historical moments, big and small. Since 1998, the organization has provided preservation resources to 315 organizations across the U.S. as well as Puerto Rico to protect these orphan movies, as they are called.
Netflix has undertaken some efforts in the preservation space, in both film and venue. The company was behind the completion of Orson Welles’ unfinished movie, The Other Side of the Wind, and has bought historic cinemas The Paris in New York and The Egyptian in Hollywood.