Cannes: Netflix's Ted Sarandos to Talk Film

The streaming video giant's chief content officer will appear during the Marche du Film's NEXT program.

Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos will take center stage during the Cannes Film Festival, addressing the NEXT program of the festival's film market.

In what is sure to be one of the most buzzed-about moments of the festival, the man credited with helping to change the ecosystem of the entertainment business will address new distribution models, financing and the future of film production. 

Sarandos will be introduced by film festival head Thierry Fremaux. The conversation will be moderated by Le Film Francais editor Laurent Cotillon.

Introduced last year, the NEXT program aims to address the future of cinema with a wide range of speakers who discuss new economic models and the changing face of the industry through workshops, roundtables, networking events, special presentations and a digital cinema forum.

“We are delighted to welcome Ted Sarandos to Cannes," said Marche du Film executive director Jerome Paillard. "Netflix is a key player among the new wave of companies using innovative approaches and enhancing technology to create new models driving the industry forward. Ted is a huge addition to our lineup and extraordinarily well positioned to address some of the key themes that we will be exploring at NEXT."

Said Sarandos: “We are delighted to be at Cannes at such a dynamic time and look forward to an open and entertaining discussion about our industry.”

Sarandos will speak on Friday, May 15. The Cannes film festival runs May 13-24.