Global streaming giant Netflix is growing its presence in France with the launch of a new national headquarters in Paris.
The new Paris HQ will be Netflix’s fourth office in Europe and will house 40 employees already working for Netflix France, which launched in 2014.
The move comes with the announcement of 20 new French productions in 2020, and partnerships with leading French creative institutions.
Already announced for 2020 are two documentaries to be produced by Netflix France, one about former Chelsea FC striker and French international Nicolas Anelka, developed by Franck Nataf, and the other featuring Maître Gims, directed by Florent Bodin.
Additionally, Netflix will bolster its investment in major French creative institutions to support new voices and to increase diversity within the creative community.
Included is Netflix’s support for a residency program at film and TV university La Fémis, an 11-month full-time training course that helps young people from disadvantaged backgrounds get into film and TV.
“It is a real honor to be in France, with its rich culture and history of storytelling. This office is a sign of our long-term commitment to the country, and will enable us to work even more closely with the French creative community on great shows and films that are made in France and watched all around the world,” said Reed Hastings, founding chairman and CEO of Netflix, in a statement.
“The establishment of a new French creative hub brings new opportunities for us to work with the best and most exciting creative talent in France and to bring diverse genres and content to everyone who loves French storytelling,” added Damien Couvreur, Netflix’s director of series in France.