Netflix Tops 10 Million French Subscribers

Netflix has reportedly topped 10 million subscribers in France. The streamer, which launched operations in the European country in 2014, struggled for years to build consumer traction, reportedly generating just 750,000 subs by 2015. The tally reached 7 million subs in 2020.

Co-CEO and chief content officer Ted Sarandos, addressing the “Choose France” economic summit, disclosed the new subscriber benchmark with a caveat.

“With one home representing several accounts, the number of users is even higher,” Sarandos told the French weekly newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche.

Sarandos said the streaming platform has become a strong exporter of French original content, which includes about $40 million in spending across more than 25 productions in 2022. Netflix biggest French hit is the the drama series “Lupin.”

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Netflix is now releasing original movies into the French streaming market 15 months after their theatrical debut — down from the mandated 36-month window. Sarandos said he would like to shorten that window further.

“This [15-month] release window isn’t a long-term model. I think a good one is a few weeks and not a few months,” he said.

Netflix reports second-quarter (ended June 30) fiscal results on July 19.

Netflix Inks Movie Production Deal With ‘Lupin’ Star Omar Sy

Netflix has entered a multiyear feature film deal with actor/comedian Omar Sy. The deal will see Sy’s Paris and L.A.-based production company develop original films for Netflix, with the “Lupin” star appearing in and executive producing projects.

Netflix’s live-action series “Lupin” features Sy as Assane Diop, a character inspired by the French thief Arsène Lupin. Created by George Kay, with the first three episodes having been directed by Louis Leterrier, “Lupin” is one of Netflix’s most popular series to date. Sy is partnering again with Leterrier on his upcoming action comedy film Tour de Force, co-starring Laurent Lafitte and launching on streamer globally in 2022.

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“I have experienced Netflix’s collaboration with artists and their passion to bring unique and diverse stories to homes all over the world,” Sy said in a statement. “I am very happy to have the opportunity to extend the relationship and look forward to this next step of our journey together.”

Gaelle Mareschi, director, international original film for Netflix in France, said the streamer has benefited immensely working with Sy, who is best known to American viewers in The Intouchables (2011), Jurassic World (2015) and X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014).

“We look forward to working together with Omar and his team as he grows as a producer and brings more unique stories and voices to Netflix,” Mareschi said.

Shout! Factory Slates Home Dates for Anime Heist Film ‘Lupin III: The First’

GKIDS and Shout! Factory have announced home release dates for Lupin III: The First, a 2019 Japanese 3DCG comedy action-adventure heist anime film based on the “Lupin the Third” franchise.

The film will first be available for digital download on Dec. 15, followed by a Jan. 12, 2021, release in a Blu-ray Disc + DVD combo pack, as a standalone DVD, and as a Blu-ray Steelbook.

In Lupin III: The First, the iconic “gentleman thief” Lupin III returns with his colorful underworld companions as they race to uncover the secrets of the mysterious Bresson Diary, before it falls into the hands of a dark cabal that will stop at nothing to resurrect the Third Reich.

The release will be presented in both the original Japanese version and a new English dubbed version, featuring the return of the English cast that has voiced previous Lupin films and series.

Bonus features exclusive to the Blu-ray include interviews with director Takashi Yamazaki and the Japanese voice cast.

The Steelbook edition also includes a 16-page booklet featuring character concept art.

Fans who order the Blu-ray + DVD combo pack or SteelBook copies from ShoutFactory’s main website will receive an 18×24-inch lithograph, while supplies last.