Pauline Fischer, Vice President of Original Films at Netflix has announced that she will be leaving the streaming service to start a business consultancy company according to Variety.  Fischer was responsible for acquiring titles such as Beasts of No Nation, starring Idris Elba, the Adam Sandler movies that debuted on the platform, among other film projects.

“Pauline Fischer has mounted an incredible slate of original films for Netflix and we are grateful to her for getting this important initiative underway.  In the year ahead, we will be exclusively premiering Bright from David Ayer starring Will Smith, War Machine from David Michod starring Brad Pitt, Okja from Bong Joon Ho starring Tilda Swinton, Jake Gylenhaal and Paul Dano; and Our Souls at Night from Ritesh Batra starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda, among many others. Netflix continues to build its original film initiative to give consumers around the world great new movies to enjoy when and how they want.” – Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer

Fischer joined Netflix in 2008 and since then has worked closely with Sarandos on building the company’s slate of acquired and produced new titles. Among the projects overseen by Fischer are: Netflix’s $12 million 2015 purchase of the Cary Fukunaga-directed child soldier drama Beasts of No Nation.  Netflix released the film in theaters and on its streaming platforms on the same day last year, as a part of an aggressive bid to shake up the theatrical business model in the same way that it transformed traditional TV viewing with original series such as Orange Is the New Black and House of Cards. Fischer oversaw Adam Sandler’s The Ridiculous 6, and Death Note, a thriller based on the hit manga and directed by Adam Wingard that will be released in 2017.

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