January 18, 2019
Netflix original series “Bodyguard” was streamed by more than 23 million households in the four weeks following its Aug. 26, 2018 debut.
CCO Ted Sarandos disclosed the data Jan. 17 during the SVOD pioneer’s fourth-quarter fiscal webcast.
The British series, which won Richard Madden (“Game of Thrones”) a surprise Golden Globes award for Best Actor in a TV Drama, features Madden as an ex-Afghanistan war veteran suffering from PTSD now working as a police sergeant assigned to protect the U.K. Home Secretary (played by Keeley Hawes) – a noted war hawk.
Netflix co-produced the show with ITV, with the BBC broadcasting “Bodyguard” in the United Kingdom concurrent with Netflix’s global distribution.
Sarandos said the mini-series was one of 140 co-productions Netflix greenlighted in 2018. He said there are 180 co-productions planned this year.
“When I say co-production, I mean, we come in at the script stage, we come in at the first money stage, we’re involved creatively with the production of that show,” Sarandos said. “[‘Bodyguard’] is a good example of taking a show from anywhere in the world to the rest of the world.”