In an exclusive interview with the Greek Reporter from the red carpet at the 76th Golden Globes in Beverly Hills on January 6, the Chief Content Officer of Netflix, Ted Sarandos, talked about the company’s global strategy and future plans to film some productions in Greece.
Sarandos discussed Netflix’s films and series which were nominated for this year’s Golden Globes Awards, and expressed his vision to promote entertainment around the world.
Regarding the goal of penetrating in the non-English-speaking markets, Sarandos emphasized his company’s efforts to produce films and television outside the boundaries of Hollywood, using as an example the successful Spanish series ”Casa del Papel”.
When asked about the chance of seeing an Athens version of the series, Sarandos joked, saying that ”I’m going to lobby for Samos!” The Greek American Netflix chief has family roots from the Greek island of Samos which he often visits.
Sarandos, speaking later about new young creators, be they writers or actors, urged them to continue pursuing their dreams by continuing to write and act. He noted that ”there has never been a better time to be a story teller, as the world of story-telling is democratized, with people being able to find bigger audiences on small budgets.”
On the possibility of Netflix creating some of its content in Greece, Sarandos responded by saying that Netflix is “ramping up production all over the world”. He added that ”we’re definitely coming to your way soon”, describing Greece as “the hub of story-telling in the world for centuries” and promising that ”we’ll be there for sure.”
Watch the full interview, by Anastasios Papapostolou and Leia Sergakis.