Despite the unprecedented shutdown in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer at Netflix, is quite upbeat about the current programming prospects of Netflix. As per his reckoning, Netflix has enough content ready to stream, to help it tide over the ‘unprecedented shutdown in production’ due to the virus outbreak.
“What’s happening now is we work pretty far ahead with delivering all the episodes of our shows at once so no disruption over the net few months, maybe later in the year as physical production is not operational,” he said on CNN show, ‘Reliable Sources’.
When queried on viewing numbers, Sarandos shared that viewing is definitely up. A lot more people are watching Netflix, a fact they’re happy about. However, he added that viewing is up on almost all streaming platforms, and not just Netflix.
Sarandos also added that later in the year, there may be some delays or disruptions in programming, but as of now, they’re good to go.
The entertainment industry is going through its toughest times in recent history due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Production on all films, TV and digital shows has halted across the globe, leading to loss of work for thousands of crew members associated with the productions.
“It’s been a massive disruption. Every of one of our productions around the world are shut down. It’s unprecedented in history,” he added, about the shutdown.
Netflix is one of the first entertainment entities to offer the financial aid to its productions’ workers around the world, and also to third party organisations engaged in delivering aid to cine workers. It has created a 100 million dollars fund for the same.
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