Netflix's Pandemic Preparedness Aids in Managing Strike-Impacted Slate

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LOS ANGELES - MAY 6: Ted Sarandos, Dave Chappelle at the Netflix FYSEE Kick-Off Event at Raleigh Studios on May 6, 2018 in Los Angeles, CA - Image (Kathy Hutchins /

Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos recently shared insights on how the COVID-19 pandemic prepared the streaming giant for managing disruptions during Hollywood's double strike this summer. Speaking at the UBS Global TMT Conference, Sarandos highlighted the company's adaptability and resilience in the face of unforeseen challenges.

Key Takeaways:

  • Ted Sarandos, co-CEO of Netflix, discussed the company's approach to managing programming slates during the Hollywood double strike.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic helped Netflix develop strategies for handling unpredictable events like the strike.
  • Despite the strike, Netflix experienced minimal interruption in content delivery to its members.
  • The company was able to shuffle releases and rely on international programs unaffected by the labor dispute.
  • Netflix looks forward to the return of popular series like 'Bridgerton,' 'Cobra Kai,' and 'Emily in Paris.'
  • Sarandos expressed relief that the strike is over and excitement for the future of Netflix's content production.

Adapting to Unpredictable Challenges

During the UBS Global TMT Conference, Sarandos reflected on the lessons learned from the pandemic, which unexpectedly benefited the company. "Not that COVID was good for anybody, but it did help us develop a muscle about how to manage the slate and manage delivery in an unpredictable time like the strike," he said. This adaptability proved crucial as Netflix navigated the complexities of the Hollywood double strike.

Minimal Interruption in Content Delivery

Despite the challenges posed by the strike, Sarandos assured that Netflix's deep slate of programming allowed for minimal disruption in delivering content to its members. The company's ability to "shuffle" releases around, coupled with a strong lineup of international programs, ensured a steady flow of content.

Anticipating a Strong Return

Looking ahead, Sarandos expressed excitement about the scheduled return of popular series such as 'Bridgerton,' 'Cobra Kai,' and 'Emily in Paris.' He also conveyed a sense of relief and enthusiasm that the strike had concluded, allowing Netflix to focus on what it does best: creating compelling stories for a global audience.


Netflix's experience during the COVID-19 pandemic inadvertently equipped the company with the skills to handle the Hollywood double strike effectively. With a robust slate of programming and strategic content management, Netflix continues to navigate the ever-changing landscape of the entertainment industry, promising an exciting future for its viewers worldwide.


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