Netflix Shakeup Won’t Slow Down Content, Producers Say – Produced By – Deadline


Netflix’s budget cuts have worried some in the industry that the content gold rush is coming to an end. Producers at the “IP IQ” panel, sponsored by deadline, at the Produced By conference, said not to worry. Girl from Plainville and the outage Executive Producer Liz Hannah, A&E Studios Head Barry Jossen, and UTA partner and co-head of Media Rights Jason Richman said they don’t expect any delays in streamers requiring content.

“I haven’t felt any rebound, which I think just reflects high demand,” Richman said. “There’s a lot of musical chairs going through the studio landscape, but it will settle down. The new incumbents need to build their new slates. We see it as opportunities to bring the artists we represent into their lives and fill the empty space. ”

According to Jossen, what could change is the demand for international productions. Netflix has announced season 2 of Squid Game Sunday morning, and Jossen saw the success of that and other international shows have opened the doors to the potential for international shows.

Squid Game, Money Robbery, Babylon Berlin, Tehran taught us how to watch shows that come from other parts of the world,” said Jossen. “Technology has been very helpful in this regard. You literally press a button and can watch a show dubbed in English [or] the original language with subtitles. There are many other languages. I think we’re going to see an even bigger increase in exposure to shows that originated elsewhere in the world than in North America.”

Hannah said the uncertainty about what could become a hit has allowed creators like herself to take more risks.

“This fear and this terror really liberates us from a creator’s point of view because what else are we going to do,” Hannah said. “I actually feel more empowered to take risks as a creator because nobody has any idea what’s going on or why it’s hitting.”

Hannah gave two examples from her series, The girl from Plainville, about the true story of Michelle Carter. Carter was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Connor Roy, to whom she suggested committing suicide via text message.

“Of plainville, there are three musical numbers, four different timelines,” Hannah said. “Elle Fanning, the star of Plainville and also an executive producer, she said, ‘Let’s go weirder, let’s go darker.’ There’s a shot at the end of episode 7. She dreams a series of ‘Teenage Dirtbag’ come true. her sister in a glee club tormenting her, and it turns into a nightmare. There’s a moment at the end, and that’s this take that Elle did. It was the very last shot. We were like, ‘Would you like just do something really, really weird? She did and it’s the take that was in the show.”

Wondery Head of TV/Film Aaron Hart was also on the “IP IQ” panel.