In regards to what the digital streaming giant is seeking for series, Buñuel noted the company is looking for limited series in the vein of Wild Wild Country, Making a Murderer and The Staircase, while also providing Le Petit Gregory, Netflix’s first French docuseries about the ’80s famous and still unsolved child murder affair, as an example. “Instead of focusing on who killed the child, it’s about the insanity that gripped an entire community for 35 years,” he described.
The platform is also interested in short form episodic documentary series: “We do several shorts per year, such as Period. End of Sentence. They do very well on the service,” said Buñuel.
Buñuel also expressed a desire to commission more stories about women, and further projects from both prominent and burgeoning female directors. In addition, the Netflix executive confirmed most shows will be fully commissioned, with the platform taking all rights and all territories. “We can be open to co-productions [as Netflix did with] The Staircase, which was a U.S. story produced for Canal+, by a French company.
“If there is one word to remember it’s ‘big.’ We need big things,” he concluded. “We are an entertainment company. To pitch to us, you must ask yourself, is my story strong enough to break through?”