ARTE France documentary commissioning editor Mark Edwards has joined Netflix to run the streamer’s European feature documentary slate.
Based in Paris, Edwards (pictured) will work alongside Dolores Emile, manager, unscripted and documentary series, EMEA France.
The news was announced today (June 21) in a virtual session at the Sunny Side of the Doc conference, and via a tweet from Sunny Side’s social media team.
“Mark’s had an amazing track record at ARTE,” Netflix UK’s director of original documentaries, Kate Townsend, said in a panel discussion. “We’re just really excited that it’s going to be boots on the ground in France.”
Edwards added: “I’m going to learn the ropes quickly, hopefully, and I look forward to working with many of you.”
The executive joined ARTE France in 2012. There, he was responsible for international documentary coproductions, and commissioned and coproduced several blue-chip series, including The Vietnam War by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick with PBS, and UK–based Brook Lapping’s Inside Obama’s White House, Castro’s Revolution v. The World and the upcoming three-part foreign policy series Trump on the World Stage, all with the BBC.
His other recent commissions include the Emmy-nominated On the President’s Orders with BBC and Frontline/PBS, the Sundance feature documentary and VR project Notes on Blindness with BBC ‘Storyville,’ and the upcoming 20th anniversary project Generation 9/11 with PBS and Channel 4.
Prior to joining ARTE, Edwards worked as an independent producer for 20 years on dozens of international coproductions.