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Netflix expands UK docs team, joins MPAA

Netflix is expanding its UK unscripted team with the addition of documentary filmmaker Jonathan Taylor, a spokesperson for the streaming giant has confirmed. The news comes after Channel 4′s Lucy Leveugle joined ...
January 23, 2019

Netflix is expanding its UK unscripted team with the addition of documentary filmmaker Jonathan Taylor, a spokesperson for the streaming giant has confirmed.

The news comes after Channel 4′s Lucy Leveugle joined the UK team in October.

Taylor recently served as an executive producer at Rogan Productions, where he worked on titles including Can Violent Men Change for BBC Panorama. His directorial credits include Life and Death Row for BBC3, Protecting Our Parents for BBC2, Koko: The Gorilla Who Talks (pictured) for BBC1 and American Justice for BBC2, among others.

He has been nominated for BAFTA, RTS and Grierson awards.

Taylor’s specific role at Netflix has not yet been specified, but he will work alongside directors of original documentary Kate Townsend, who left BBC Storyville for Netflix last summer, and former Canal Plus exec Diego Bunuel, who joined Netflix in January of last year.

The news was first reported by TBI Vision.

Elsewhere, Netflix has just gained membership to the Motion picture Association of America (MPAA), the global trade association that issues content ratings and advocates for for the film and TV industry.

“On behalf of the MPAA and its member companies, I am delighted to welcome Netflix as a partner,” said MPAA chairman and CEO Charles Rivkin, in a statement. “All of our members are committed to pushing the film and television industry forward, in both how we tell stories and how we reach audiences. Adding Netflix will allow us to even more effectively advocate for the global community of creative storytellers, and I look forward to seeing what we can all achieve together.”

“Joining the Motion Picture Association further exemplifies our commitment to ensuring the vibrancy of these creative industries and the many talented people who work in them all over the world,” added Netflix CCO Ted Sarandos. “We look forward to supporting the association team and their important efforts.”

(Updated at 1:15 p.m.)

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