Netflix Adds, Loses Executives14 Mar, 2017 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Scott Stuber, producer of the "Ted" movie franchise, Patriots Day, Free State of Jones, Central Intelligence, Office Christmas Party and A Million Ways to Die in the West, among many others, has been hired to run Netflix’s original movie production department.
Stuber, who had reportedly been in the running to head Paramount Pictures following the departure of Brad Grey, will leave his Bluegrass Films production company at Universal Pictures.
“[Scott’s] 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,” Ted Sarandos, chief content officer at Netflix, said in a statement.
Separately, Sean Carey, VP of global television at Netflix, left the subscription streaming video pioneer to join Malaysian rival upstart Iflix.com as chief content officer.
James Bridges, previous CCO at iflix.com, will transition to global acquisitions director, reporting to Carey, who joined Netflix in 2011 and formerly held executive positions at Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Available in 10 markets across Southeast Asia, including Pakistan, Vietnam and Myanmar, iflix.com enables subs to stream U.S., Asian regional, local TV shows and movies for a monthly fee.
Content partners include BBC Worldwide, Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox, MGM, Disney and Sky, among others.
“[Carey’s] proven track record in leading international content operations and setting global standards will be a key driver as we continue to consolidate iflix’s leadership position and rapid growth globally,” said co-founder and CEO Mark Britt.