19 Jul Netflix Eyes IP Deals Rather Than “Stressed” M&A Assets, Plays Down Plans To Syndicate Originals [Deadline]
BY PETER WHITE
July 19, 2023 | Netflix is often mentioned as an M&A player when a studio or media group is up for sale, but don’t expect the streamer to buy a major Hollywood business any time soon.
Co-CEO Ted Sarandos, speaking on the company’s second quarter earnings call, said that he’s more interested in buying IP.
“We’ve always looked at these things in terms of the opportunity of IP, versus those assets, some of those assets are stressed for a reason,” he said. “When we would look into our M&A activity, it would be mostly around IP that we can develop into great content for our members, which is our real strength and business. We have traditionally been very strong builders over buyers and that really hasn’t fundamentally changed. But if there are opportunities that give us access to pools of IP that we can develop into and against, that could be super interesting.”
Over the years, other than a handful of small animation businesses and VFX studios, the company has focused on acquiring the likes of Jupiter’s Legacy producer Millarworld, in 2017, StoryBots in 2019, and The Roald Dahl Story Company in 2021.