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Ted Sarandos Explains Why Netflix Will Add New Ad-Supported Tier to Streaming Service

It’s official: ads are coming to Netflix. Netflix’s Co-CEO Ted Sarandos, speaking at the Cannes Lions advertising festival on Thursday, confirmed that the future of the streaming giant will include ads, explaining the about face. Netflix had long been averse to advertising on its subscription service but after posting disappointing figures last quarter, showing it lost […]

Hannah Gadsby on Ricky Gervais, Netflix’s Ted Sarandos: “You Don’t Cuddle Up to Power”

Tasmania’s Hannah Gadsby had been steadily making a name for herself in Australia’s comedy world for over a decade when her landmark special, Nanette, debuted on Netflix in 2018 and seemingly transformed her overnight into a worldwide household name. The show is a bit of a misdirect. Gadsby begins Nanette as a shy, tea-drinking lesbian […]

Ted Sarandos Named Entertainment Person of the Year at Cannes Lions

Less than two months after Netflix announced plans to add ad-supported tiers to its streaming subscription service, the international ad festival Cannes Lions has announced Netflix’s co-CEO Ted Sarandos as its Entertainment Person of the Year. Cannes Lions, which now bills itself as an “international festival of creativity,” said Netflix would appear for the first […]

Ted Sarandos Defends Controversial Dave Chappelle, Ricky Gervais Specials: “Everything’s Not Going to Be for Everybody”

Ted Sarandos is once again defending Dave Chapelle, as well as Ricky Gervais’ recent controversial comedy special, pointing to Netflix’s position on free speech. In a wide-ranging interview with The New York Times published Saturday spanning everything from bidding wars to his childhood in Arizona, the streamer’s co-CEO spoke about the backlash to the comedians’ […]

Reed Hastings’ and Ted Sarandos’ Pay Packages Slipped in 2021 as Netflix Subscriber Growth Slowed

Netflix co-CEOs Reed Hastings and Ted Sarandos saw their compensation packages decline in 2021 as the streaming giant’s subscriber growth slow. That being said, Hastings still took home $40.8 million, with Sarandos earning $38.2 million. Hastings took a $650,000 annual salary and $39.7 million in stock awards, with Sarandos taking a $20 million salary and […]

Bozoma Saint John Talks Netflix Exit, Responds to Criticism About Her Personal Brand: “I Live Out Loud”

It’s rare for a marketing executive shuffle to inspire the kind of coverage that hit when Netflix confirmed that chief marketing officer Bozoma Saint John was exiting the streamer after less than two years in one of Hollywood’s buzziest and most demanding marketing jobs. After the publication of congenial statements from both sides — “I’ve […]

Ted Sarandos Looks Back on ‘Lilyhammer,’ the First Original Series to Debut on Netflix

Ted Sarandos on Sunday published a blog post celebrating 10 years of Netflix and reminding viewers of the first original series to debut on the streamer: the crime dramedy Lilyhammer. “A seminal moment in Netflix history began in a recording studio by the North Sea,” wrote Sarandos, co-CEO of Netflix. He recalled getting a call […]

Lobby at Academy Museum a “Fitting” Reflection of Sidney Poitier’s Legacy: “He’s the Gateway to This Whole Place”

In the fall of 2020, Netflix chief creative officer Ted Sarandos and his wife, Nicole Avant, former U.S. Ambassador to the Bahamas, held an intimate gathering over Zoom with a power-packed guest list: Oprah Winfrey, Barbra Streisand, Spike Lee and Tyler Perry were among the 45 or so guests who gathered over their laptops to […]

Kim Masters on Hollywood’s Year of Dizzying Uncertainty

What even was 2021 in Hollywood, anyway? It wasn’t really the beginning of anything or the end of anything — just more uncertainty in terms of the shifting map of the industry. Boom for content creators, bust for a lot of studio movies, but overall a year saturated with more than the usual amount of […]

Netflix Co-CEO Ted Sarandos to See Pay Hit $40M in 2022, Reed Hastings Set to Earn $34M

Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos is set to out-earn his colleague and co-CEO Reed Hastings in 2022. The executives are expected to earn $40 million and $34.6 million, respectively, next year, according to a regulatory filing that was published Tuesday afternoon. Hastings’ pay is made up of $34 million in stock options and $650,000 in base […]

Arrest Made in the Fatal Shooting of Jacqueline Avant, Wife of Music Legend Clarence Avant

An arrest has been made in connection to the fatal shooting of Jacqueline Avant. The 81-year-old philanthropist and wife of legendary music executive Clarence Avant was killed Wednesday in the couple’s Beverly Hills home. Beverly Hills police announced Thursday that 29-year-old Aariel Maynor of Los Angeles has been taken into custody. The motive remains unclear, […]

‘Cowboy Bebop’ Team Says They “Kept the Integrity” of Original Anime Series, Have Plans for a Season Two

Netflix launched its live-action adaptation of sci-fi Japanese anime series Cowboy Bebop on Thursday evening as the cast and creators gathered for the premiere at Hollywood’s Goya Studios, followed by a swanky reception and afterparty.  Fit with a space western theme, drinks and hors d’oeuvres flowed throughout the night, along with a food truck serving ramen — […]