Worry not, Netflix users! In a recent interview with CNN, chief content officer Ted Sarandos confirmed that new shows and movies on Netflix will continue to roll out over the coming months, despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
If you’ve been subscribed to the streaming service for a while now, you’re probably familiar with Netflix originals, which are shows and movies that the platform produces independently. During any given month, they’ll release a large handful of new shows and movies for their users from genres all across the board.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic has taken the world by storm, production on basically every show and movie has been shut down, putting not only celebrities but also film crews all across the world out of work.
Due to this sudden shutdown, it would be understandable if Netflix was suddenly unable able to keep up with its ongoing output of original shows and movies. According to Sarandos though, the streaming service has content that will “outlast coronavirus for a few months”.
“What’s happening now is we work pretty far ahead. We deliver all of our shows with all the episodes at once,” Sarandos told CNN.
“So we’re pretty far ahead, so we don’t see any disruption in our output over the next few months. You know, maybe later in the year if this progresses longer we’ll start feeling some of that as the production side isn’t operating.”
Netflix has already announced its content lineup for the month of April, which will include more than 25 new original shows and movies for subscribers to enjoy.
It’s currently unclear exactly how long production will remain shut down on film sets, but Sarandos informed CNN that all crews working on Netflix shows will receive two weeks of full-time pay.
“We’re really trying to keep things as ‘business as usual’ as we can in a time of great uncertainty for people. We hope this brings them some economic comfort, if not some emotional comfort,” the chief content officer said.