Scott Stuber’s announcement in January that he was leaving the top film job at Netflix after seven years at the streamer has set off a parlor game of guessing who might replace him.
But the better question might be: who would want to?
Stuber’s exit after a year as film chairman coincides with Netflix doubling down on its core focus – which isn’t the film business. In recent months, Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos has swatted down questions about theatrical releases and emphasized that the studio is a streaming service, first and foremost.
So how exciting is a job leading the movie division, now reporting to Bela Bajaria, the company’s chief content officer?
“It won’t be a job somebody wants, but it will be a job that somebody needs,” a leading film executive said on background.