“Patriots Day” producer Scott Stuber has signed on to run Netflix’s original feature film initiative, the streaming giant announced Tuesday. He will oversee the development, production and acquisition of Netflix’ growing slate of original movies.
The former co-president of Universal Pictures was also a candidate for the top job at Paramount Pictures, which opened up after Brad Grey departed the studio last month after 12 years in the position. But with Paramount courting former Fox Filmed Entertainment Chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos to replace Grey, Stuber has apparently decided to focus his efforts on the streaming giant.
In November, Pauline Fischer, the executive who oversaw original films, left Netflix, although Stuber would assume a new, larger role and wouldn’t be her direct replacement.
“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,” Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement. “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.”
“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,” Stuber added in the statement. “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.”
Stuber is currently the CEO of his Bluegrass Entertainment, which produced the Kevin Hart-Dwayne Johnson buddy comedy “Central Intelligence” and “Office Christmas Party,” which featured an ensemble cast including T.J. Miller, Jennifer Aniston and Emmy winner and “SNL” star Kate McKinnon. He will transition Bluegrass to partner Dylan Clark, and the production company will continue its TV partnership with Jamie Tarses.
Netflix has become one of Hollywood’s biggest spenders, with plans to shell out $6 billion on original content in 2017. At the streaming giant, Stuber will oversee films including Brad Pitt’s “War Machine,” and the David Ayer-Will Smith fantasy film “Bright.”