After Admitting That Netflix Focused On Quantity Over Quality, Film Chief Scott Stuber Leaves Streaming Giant To Start New Production Company

DON'T LOOK UP (L to R) LEONARDO DICAPRIO as DR. RANDALL MINDY, JENNIFER LAWRENCE as KATE DIBIASKY. Cr. NIKO TAVERNISE/NETFLIX © 2021
DON'T LOOK UP (L to R) LEONARDO DICAPRIO as DR. RANDALL MINDY, JENNIFER LAWRENCE as KATE DIBIASKY. Cr. NIKO TAVERNISE/NETFLIX © 2021

Chairman of Netflix Film Scott Stuber has announced that he will be leaving the streaming giant earlier this year, seeking to start his own film and television production company.

ME TIME. Kevin Hart as Sonny in Me Time. Cr. Saeed Adyani/Netflix © 2022.
ME TIME. Kevin Hart as Sonny in Me Time. Cr. Saeed Adyani/Netflix © 2022.

RELATED: Woke Mainstream Media Outlets Melt Down Over Dave Chappelle’s New Netflix Special, Accuse The Comedian Of “Attacking” The Transgender Community

According to a report from Bloomberg, Stuber will still remain as film boss of Netflix until, at the very least, the Academy Awards ceremony that is expected to be hosted in March. The outlet reveals that, per sources familiar with the executive, he has already secured financing to start his new production endeavor.

While Netflix looks for a person to replace Stuber, the outlet notes, Chief Content Officer Bela Bajaria will be in charge of the film division. Before ending his tenure with the streaming giant, the film chief will reportedly keep producing content that include projects currently in the works.

Pain Hustlers - (L to R) Emily Blunt as Liza and Chris Evans as Brenner in Pain Hustlers. Cr. Brian Douglas/Netflix © 2023.
Pain Hustlers – (L to R) Emily Blunt as Liza and Chris Evans as Brenner in Pain Hustlers. Cr. Brian Douglas/Netflix © 2023.

The executive released a statement thanking Netflix Co-Chief Ted Sarandos and Chairman Reed Hastings, declaring, “Seven years ago, Reed and Ted offered me the amazing opportunity to join Netflix and create a new home for original movies.”

“I am proud of what we accomplished and am so grateful to all the filmmakers and talent who trusted us to help tell their stories,” the Netflix Film boss concluded.

THUNDER FORCE (L-R): MELISSA MCCARTHY as LYDIA, OCTAVIA SPENCER as EMILY. Cr. HOPPER STONE/NETFLIX © 2021. 
THUNDER FORCE (L-R): MELISSA MCCARTHY as LYDIA, OCTAVIA SPENCER as EMILY. Cr. HOPPER STONE/NETFLIX © 2021. 

RELATED: Netflix Celebrates The Debut Of Zack Snyder’s ‘Rebel Moon Part One: A Child Of Fire’ As The Film Is Completely Obliterated By Critics

In a statement obtained by Variety, Sarandos said, “He attracted unbelievable creative talent to Netflix, making us a premiere film studio. Under his leadership, we’ve become the most nominated studio for three years in a row at the Academy Awards. Scott, thank you for your leadership and friendship and I can’t wait to see what’s next.”

Bajaria also weighed in on Stuber’s announcement, declaring, “What Scott has accomplished in seven years is nothing short of amazing.”

“He created a world-class film studio, not only by working with established filmmakers, but also finding and supporting first time creators. I hope to find new ways to continue to work together,” she concluded.

Rebel Moon. (L-R) Staz Nair as Tarak, Sofia Boutella as Kora, Charlie Hunnam as Kai and Michiel Huisman as Gunnar in Rebel Moon. Cr. NETFLIX ©2023

Interestingly, in November of last year, Stuber made some comments that may have hinted at his discontent with the direction Netflix had been taking, admitting that the streaming giant had not been focusing on quality but on quantity instead.

“We were growing a new studio. We’d only been doing this for a few years, and 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,” Stuber told Variety at the time.

MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE: REVELATION (L to R) TIFFANY SMITH as ANDRA and SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR as TEELA in episode 102 of MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE: REVELATION Cr. COURTESY OF NETFLIX © 2021
MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE: REVELATION (L to R) TIFFANY SMITH as ANDRA and SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR as TEELA in episode 102 of MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE: REVELATION Cr. COURTESY OF NETFLIX © 2021

RELATED: Netflix Film Boss Scott Stuber Admits Company Did Not Focus On Quality, Promises Course Correct

Without specifically dropping names, the Netflix chairman allude to studios such as he Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros. Discovery, and Paramount as the reason the streaming company had made the decision to focus on quantity over quality.

“So we had to go all over the world buying as much as we could to make sure that we had the volume our consumers were used to seeing,” Stuber said, explaining, “Right now, we’re not trying to hit a set number of film releases. It’s about ‘Let’s make what we believe in.’”

DON'T LOOK UP (L to R). Jennifer Lawrence as Kate Dibiasky and Leonardo DiCaprio as Dr. Randall Mindy. Cr. Niko Tavernise / Netflix © 2021
DON’T LOOK UP (L to R). Jennifer Lawrence as Kate Dibiasky and Leonardo DiCaprio as Dr. Randall Mindy. Cr. Niko Tavernise / Netflix © 2021

He went on, “And let’s 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.’We’re a machine that was built to go, go, go. And that doesn’t always result in quality.”

“A lot of streaming companies made the mistake of moving so fast that we made a lot of things that weren’t ready to be produced. I want to avoid that,” he added.

NEXT: Desperate For Viewers, Netflix’s ‘The Witcher’ Casts Laurence Fishburne As Race-Swapped Version Of Vampire Emiel Regis

Share: