March 11, 2019
Netflix has hired David Kosse as VP of international film at its growing London office. Kosse, who was president of international at STX, begins next month reporting to Netflix film boss Scott Stuber in Los Angeles.
In addition to working on original movies coming from the U.K., Kosse spearheads foreign film production, including non-English language movies.
“We want to make significant movies [like Oscar-nominated Roma and Intouchables] which will have a big impact in major markets such as France, Germany, Italy and Spain but which can also travel to our subscribers around the world,” Kosse told Deadline. “The focus right now for this division is to establish the foreign language movies in the same way Netflix has established series that have travelled.”
Separately, Netflix hired Teresa Moneo as director of international film based in London. Moneo previously worked for Ola Films and Focus Features.
In addition, Funa Maduka, director of international film and acquisitions, is relocating from London to Los Angeles in an expanded role that includes production management. Maduka’s acquisitions include Happy as Lazzaro, Divines and On Body and Soul.
“With the majority of our audience outside the U.S., it’s the right time for us to be building our international film presence,” said Stuber in a statement.
“Having worked with David for years at Universal, I know there’s no one better suited for this role. David will be joined by Funa Maduka, whose eye for foreign cinema has contributed greatly to our celebrated international slate, and Teresa Moneo, who has an incredible acquisition and production track record and will be a great addition to Netflix. I’m incredibly excited to see what this team will do.”
Meanwhile, Cindy Holland, VO of Original Content, told an industry conference in Jerusalem, Israel that Netflix continues to spearhead as an on-demand TV ecosystem in its “very early” stages.
Holland said Netflix knows within 28 days whether original programming has resonated with subscribers.
“We’re sizing up the audience and how much to invest. If that audience doesn’t show up to that level, what is the reason to continue to invest as we hoped?,” Holland said. “Our first priority is to entertain the members in our worlds, and if we don’t do that, we won’t continue to thrive in our world.”