New York Times’ Spingarn-Koff heads to Netflix

Jason Spingarn-Koff (pictured), commissioning editor for The New York Times' 'Op-Docs' division, is leaving the outlet later this month to join SVOD service Netflix.
June 15, 2015

Jason Spingarn-Koff  (pictured), commissioning editor for The New York Times’ ‘Op-Docs’ division, is leaving the outlet to join SVOD service Netflix.

The commissioner – who was named a realscreen Trailblazer for 2014 earlier this year – will be leaving the Gray Lady at the end of June, and joining Netflix in Los Angeles, a move he announced via Twitter last week. His specific title at the company is yet to be announced, but he is believed to be joining Netflix’s original documentary team, which has overseen such titles as VirungaLiz Garbus’s What Happened, Miss Simone? and the docuseries Chef’s Table.

Spingarn-Koff joined The New York Times in 2011 and has since helmed the ‘Op-Docs’ division for doc shorts. Since its launch, the commissioner has helped to produce more than 160 Op-Docs, and the initiative has opened doors for similar pursuits from outlets such as The Guardian, The New Yorker and Condé Nast’s assorted titles.

Commenting on Spingarn-Koff’s exit, the outlet’s editorial page editor Andrew Rosenthal said in a statement, “The New York Times editorial department is committed to the continued success and growth of Op-Docs and is evaluating candidates to fill Jason’s role.”

Netflix most recently unveiled plans to expand into Italy, Spain and Portugal in October, and in April signed on for an eight-part blue chip natural history series titled Our Planet, set for launch in 2019.



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Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.