Several news outlets including Screen Daily and IMDB are reporting that Netflix is to open a new commissioning base in London, England. The base will be used to commission new European Originals from September. It has been reported that Diego Buñuel, who joined the business from Canal Plus in April, will head factual for the division. Netflix held a private cocktail reception at Sheffield Doc/Fest where it outlined its strategy earlier this week.
Netflix executives were out in force at the Sheffield event as the SVoD giant prepared its European push in the wake of the landmark Canadian deal it unveiled in September and is looking to roll out a similar strategy in the UK. Where it is thought to be also working up separate plans for an in-house production hub to feed its growing levels of investment in original content. The business made its first UK acquisition last year, buying Scottish comic book firm Millarworld.
While Netflix retreated from the Sundance Film Festival in January, drastically pulling back on the acquisitions it has traditionally made at the Utah festival, the service was actively taking pitches in Sheffield.