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Netflix to Scale Back on Production to Focus on Quality

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As the Infamous Saying Goes, “Quality Over Quantity”

It’s no secret that Netflix produces more movies and TV series than anyone can count. Back in 2018, Saturday Night Live displayed a satirical ad that described the streaming service as an “endless scroll” and that by the time you’ve reached the bottom of our menu, there’s new shows at the top. On top of that, there is so much being released in quick intervals that often, different TV shows and Movies that are relinquished get buried beneath the endless choices. Of course, a few successes have kept the Netflix name afloat, including Roma and Marriage Story, but if one compares the sheer number of movies and TV shows made and released, its successes seem to drown in the endless throwaways. 

Rebranding the Iconic Streaming Service

Scott Stuber, head of Netflix’s film division, has announced his desire to move away from quantity and toward quality. In an interview with Vanity, Stuber mentioned, “We were growing a new studio…we were up against 100-year-old companies…So you have to ask yourself, ‘What is your business model?’ And for a while, it was just making sure that we had enough. We needed volume.” However, Stuber is shifting strategy and has decreased the number of films produced yearly from 50 to 25/30.

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Netflix’s latest masterpiece, Maestro, a film examining the complicated relationship between Leonard Bernstein and his wife, Felicia, exemplifies the newest approach Stuber has been implementing. The film has received high praise from critics, and it’s thought it will do well at the Academy Awards. Stuber explains his desire to “actually put forth a slate that we can stand behind and say, ‘This is the best version of a romantic comedy. This is the best version of a thriller. This is the best version of a drama.’” 

A Complicated Decision

However, this decision, as hopeful and promising as it sounds, has its drawbacks. To reduce, Netflix has stopped production on two films and will have to, unfortunately, let go of many people. It will be interesting to see where Netflix takes this new approach, but the hope is that the streaming service will be less overwhelming and will produce better-quality films. 

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