Netflix’s Ted Sarandos Pushes Back on Cannes Chief Thierry Fremaux’s Jibe About Talent Discovery

Netflix’s Ted Sarandos Pushes Back on Cannes Chief Thierry Fremaux’s Jibe About Talent Discovery
Now that the dust has settled on the Cannes Film Festival, Netflix co-ceo Ted Sarandos is setting the record straight with festival artistic director Thierry Fremaux, who commented early on in the event that streaming platforms don’t discover talent in the same way.

At a pre-festival press conference, Fremaux had praised Netflix productions like “Mank” and “The Irishman” and also lauded the work of Sarandos and Scott Stuber. However, he asked: “What directors have been discovered by [streaming] platforms?”

Speaking at a Film Companion Front Row session hosted by noted Indian journalist and former Variety contributor Anupama Chopra on Thursday, Sarandos emphasized the brotherhood and shared passion for cinema, stories and storytellers between him and Fremaux.

“The only thing that happened between Netflix and Cannes is they changed the rules,” said Sarandos. “And I just thought, I don’t want to bring our films if we are uniquely excluded from competition.
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