It's Official: Scott Stuber to Run Netflix's Film Initiative

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Scott Stuber

The exec was a courted as a possible head of Paramount's film division.

Scott Stuber has been named to head Netflix's burgeoning film division, leading future development, production and acquisition, the streaming service said Tuesday. 

The producer had also been courted by Paramount as a possible head of the studio's film operation, and The Hollywood Reporter first reported that Stuber had instead entered into talks with Netflix. Meanwhile, Viacom continues to look for a new film chief and has focused on former Fox chief Jim Gianopulos. Michael De Luca, who also had been in the running for a Paramount post, turned down an offer from the studio on Monday.

Stuber, a former Universal executive and founder of Universal-based production company Bluegrass Films, has been behind such films as Cinderella Man and 8 Mile, as well the Fast and Furious and Bourne franchises.   

“Scott is well known and respected in the film industry. His innovative work and strong talent relationships should help accelerate the Netflix original film initiative as we enter into a new phase of big global productions with some of the greatest directors, actors and writers in the film business,” Netflix head Ted Sarandos said in a statement. 

“Netflix is at the forefront in changing the way entertainment is enjoyed throughout the world, bringing a greater variety of stories to more people than ever before,” said Stuber. “It’s an incredible opportunity to work with a company with such reach and that stands for such diverse quality content for global audiences.”

Stuber will transition his Bluegrass Films to partner Dylan Clark and the company will continue its TV partnership with Jamie Tarses.

Netflix is amping up its upcoming film slate. The streamer will soon release the $90 million Will Smith fantasy Bright and will produce Martin Scorsese's long-gestating real-life gangster drama The Irishman, which was previously set up at Paramount. Other upcoming titles include anime adaptation Death Note and Brad Pitt war comedy War Machine.