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Netflix Production Shutdowns Won't Disrupt Output until 'Later This Year'

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By Brian Morales

As you've heard by now many Netflix productions around the world were shutdown due to Coronavirus concerns. This includes Stranger Things, The Witcher and many other shows that were still shooting. With this in mind, the platform is actually not expecting any disruptions for releases in the short term.

On CNN's "Reliable Sources", Netflix's chief content officer Ted Sarandos assured the masses that these unforeseen circumstances will not impact future content releases on the platform. Sarandos called the whole ordeal "unprecedented in history."

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Overtime Paying Off

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Luckily for Netflix, and the viewers, the whole production process has a history of supposedly working overtime to deliver shows, and content way farther in advance than their actual release dates. A good example of this is the 2020 hit series Love is Blind which was actually filmed back in 2018, just to put things in perspective.

This sort of preemptive production process means that Netflix is in a good spot, and possibly has enough already finished content to feed hungry viewers for the next few months.

Ahead of Schedule

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“What’s happening now is we work pretty far ahead with delivering all the episodes of our shows at once,” Sarandos says, but this might not be the case later on this year.

“...There will be no disruption over the next few months, maybe later in the year as physical production is not operational.”

This speedy assembly-line style of production puts Netflix in a prime spot to continue to push out content, even if they are unable to wrap up on their other shows.

Viewership Through the Roof

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Netflix, and Sarandos are both aware of the obvious viewership boost that comes with a pandemic like this.

“You can imagine, all viewing is up. It’s up on Netflix, on CNN on television in general. The system has been very robust and can help out a lot of people. People certainly are watching a lot more Netflix. As Governor Andrew Cuomo said so beautifully, the best thing you can do is stay at home. We are trying hard to help.”

Netflix's Big Heart

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Last week Netflix generously announced that they will be creating a $100 million fund to help the film and television industry in these trying times. Most of the fund will go to the crew members that were hit the hardest. We hope that other companies follow in Netflix's footsteps to insure sustainability to those who were working paycheck to paycheck.

$15 million of the funds will be given to "third parties and non-profits providing emergency relief to out-of-work crew and cast in the countries where we have a large production base.”

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