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.”
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 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.
“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.
The wilderness adventure film The Call of the Wild will arrive on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray May 12 from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. It is available now for digital purchase.
Adapted from the novel by Jack London, the film tells the story of Buck, a big-hearted dog (created using CGI animation) whose blissful domestic life is turned upside down when he is suddenly uprooted from his California home and transplanted to the exotic wilds of the Canadian Yukon during the Gold Rush of the 1890s. As the newest rookie on a mail delivery dog sled team — and later its leader — Buck experiences the adventure of a lifetime, ultimately finding his true place in the world and becoming his own master.
The film stars Harrison Ford, Omar Sy, Dan Stevens, Karen Gillan, Bradley Whitford, Cara Gee, Michael Horse, Jean Louisa Kelly, Colin Woodell, Adam Fergus and Abraham Benrubi.
The Blu-ray and digital editions will include the featurettes “Origins,” “The On-Set Experience,” “State of the Art” and “The World of the Wild.” The featurette “A Man and His Dog” is offered as a digital exclusive.