Netflix Boss Ted Sarandos Calls Series Streamer’s ‘Crown Jewel’

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The crown had its Season 5 premiere on Tuesday in London, at the Theater Royal Drury Lane, with the entire cast in attendance. While they are currently in the middle of filming the sixth (and supposedly final) season, everyone took the time to get on stage before the screening of the first two episodes.

And joining them was the leader of netflix, Ted Sarandoswho took the opportunity to celebrate the success of the show while vaguely evoking the controversy surrounding it this season, following the The death of the queen.

“It’s so exciting for us to work with the greatest talent here, to explore British storytelling around the world to an audience that hungers for it and loves it,” he said. “And there is no better example than The crown. I remember almost 10 years ago, the first meeting, when Peter Morgan and Stephen Daldry had this amazing encounter when they came over and pitched the idea of The crown. Yes, it was ambitious, but it was perfectly clear. Peter kicked off 10-episode seasons that would be cinematic drama — production design, casting, writing, more suited for feature film — obviously where they were pretty accomplished already. And the idea that we would rerun every two seasons, that was all on the table 10 years ago, the ideas for the show, and it happened pretty much exactly the way they hoped it would.

He then referred to the call of some (including Lady Judi Dench) to put a disclaimer on the series to note that it is a dramatization and not a fact.

“At the end of the day, it’s the story of Queen Elizabeth, it’s the story of the royal family – told in dramatized stories,” Sarandos said. “Some are very memorable, others forgotten, judging by the Google activity that occurs each time we drop a new season. But these are the stories that have shaped this country during the 70-year reign of the Queen Elizabeth.

He ended by crowning the series the “jewel in the crown” of the streaming platform.

“We talked so much about our two-season order for Card castle at the time. But it really set the stage beautifully for that six-season commitment to excellence that has become The crown. So since The crown premiered in 2016, it’s – pun intended – the crown jewel of Netflix, and we’re incredibly, incredibly proud of it. I know that in recent weeks there has been a lot of talk about The crown. Tomorrow, when people can see it, we will talk about the beauty of this new season.

The crownSeason 5, Streaming Now, Netflix

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