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Time names Netflix's Ted Sarandos to list of 100 most influential

April 22, 2013|By Dawn C. Chmielewski
  • Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos, left, was named to Time's list of the 100 most influential people in the world. He appears with actress Famke Janssen, center, and actor Dougray Scott, at the North American premiere of the latest Netflix original series, "Hemlock Grove."
Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos, left, was named to Time's… (Arthur Mola / Invision for…)

Two years after Netflix's Chief Executive Reed Hastings was named to Time's list of the 100 most influential people in the world, Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos has joined him.

Sarandos made this year's list of global movers and shakers, alongside hip-hop artist and entrepreneur Jay-Z, Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence and Pope Francis.

Actor Jeffrey Tambor, who plays George Bluth on "Arrested Development" -- a canceled series brought back to life by the subscription TV and movie delivery service -- wrote the Time tribute.

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"Ted is helping create the future of entertainment," Tambor wrote. "I don’t know what it will look like, but I know it’s going to be huge, and it will influence young artists who want to get their work out there because they have something to say. This is only the beginning."

Sarandos is helping bring a fourth season of "Arrested," an offbeat comedy series that originally aired on Fox from 2003-2006 and is enjoying newfound popularity on Netflix, to subscribers on May 26. He also was the architect of the original series, "House of Cards," a political thriller starring Kevin Spacey, which Netflix said was its most watched title when it premiered (all 13 episodes in one big binge) Feb. 1.

The high-profile, home-grown show -- an adaptation of a popular BBC series -- was intended to help differentiate the service from online rivals including Amazon.com and Hulu. 

Netflix's all-at-once release strategy triggered debate about how it might reshape television viewing habits. It used the same approach last Friday, when it released the supernatural horror/thriller "Hemlock Grove."

The company releases its earnings Monday.

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