Netflix Gets Original

Andrew Sullivan —  May 16 2012 @ 10:58am

Nick Summers profiles Ted Sarandos, the executive behind the company's foray into original programming:

To writers and producers, some of Netflix’s inexperience at programming is an asset—there are no intrusive notes from network suits, because Netflix doesn’t employ any. Netflix is not subject to the FCC’s broadcast regulations or cable carriage disputes. Because everything on its service streams on demand, there is no programming grid—no worries about going up against Monday Night Football. Most significant, when Netflix makes a series available online, it posts all the episodes at once: no more parceling out the drama week by week. That is a fundamental change in the way “television” series can be created.