Netflix content head says to double own shows next year

Mr Ted Sarandos, head of content acquisition for Netflix attends the 2015 IDA Documentary Awards at Paramount Studios on Dec 5, 2015 in Hollywood, California.
Mr Ted Sarandos, head of content acquisition for Netflix attends the 2015 IDA Documentary Awards at Paramount Studios on Dec 5, 2015 in Hollywood, California.PHOTO: AFP

(REUTERS) - Netflix Inc will focus on developing its own content next year and nearly double the number of original shows to 31 from 16, chief content officer Ted Sarandos said on Monday (Dec 7).

The video-streaming company has 10 feature films, 30 kids'series, about a dozen feature documentaries, 10 stand-up specials and two documentary series in various stages of production, Mr Sarandos said at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference in New York.

"This is programming that people want to watch," he said, noting that Netflix shows got nominations for Emmy, Oscar and Golden Globe last year.

The company, known for original shows such as Orange is the New Black and House of Cards, is also pulling back from signing deals with US movie studios with the exception of Walt Disney Co, Mr Sarandos said.