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Scott Stuber joins Netflix to lead original film initiative

MUMBAI: US film industry veteran Scott Stuber is joining Internet TV network Netflix to guide and grow the company’s original film initiative.

Stuber will lead the development, production and acquisition of the company’s expanding slate of original films for its global audience of more than 93 million members.

A former vice chairman of worldwide production of Universal Studios, Stuber comes to Netflix with deep ties to the creative community and decades of experience in producing commercially successful and acclaimed motion pictures.

Most recently, he founded and ran Bluegrass Films, which produced such hits as Ted, Central Intelligence, and Safe House, among many others. At Universal, he was responsible for many of its films, including the ‘Fast and the Furious’ franchise, ‘A Beautiful Mind’, ‘Seabiscuit’, ‘Cinderella Man’, ‘Jarhead’, ‘8 Mile’, the ‘Bourne’ franchise, and ‘Meet the Parents’ and its follow-up films. More than 20 of the films he supervised have grossed over $100 million at the US box office.

“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. This is an unprecedented time of change and opportunity and we look forward to having Scott lead the way as we help evolve the way films are made, distributed and celebrated around the world,”said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos.

“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. It’s an incredible opportunity to work with a company with such reach and that stands for such diverse quality content for global audiences. I look forward to expanding the foundation and brand Netflix has built with visionary and commercial storytellers,” said Stuber.

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

Among the Netflix Original Films premiering this year that Stuber will oversee are:

  • ‘Okja’, from director Bong Joon Ho, starring Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Giancarlo Esposito, Paul Dano, Lily Collins, Steven Yeun, Shirley Henderson, and introducing Seo Hyun An;
  • ‘Sandy Wexler’ from director Steve Brill starring Adam Sandler, Jennifer Hudson, Kevin James, Terry Crews, Nick Swardson and Jane Seymour;
  • ‘War Machine’, from writer-director David Michod starring Brad Pitt, Meg Tilly, Tilda Swinton, Topher Grace, Lakeith Stanfield and Sir Ben Kingsley;
  • ‘Mute’, from director Duncan Jones, starring Alexander Skarsgaard, Paul Rudd, Justin Theroux and introducing newcomer Seyneb Saleh;
  • ‘First They Killed My Father’, the adaptation of Cambodian author and human rights activist Loung Ung’s gripping memoir from director Angelina Jolie and starring newcomer Srey Moch Sareum
  • ‘Death Note’ from director Adam Wingard, starring Nat Wolff, Lakeith Stanfield and Margaret Qualley;
  • ‘Our Souls at Night’ from director Ritesh Batra, starring Robert Redford, Jane Fonda, Bruce Dern, Judy Greer, Matthias Schoenaerts and introducing Ian Armitage;
  • ‘Bright’ from director David Ayer starring Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Lucy Fry and Edgar Ramirez.