Back when he was blogging, the Oilfield Expat wrote a piece on the management of Netflix in the early years (it’s worth reading the whole thing). His post was based on an article describing the techniques employed by the CEO Reed Hastings, according to the lady who was their chief talent officer between 1998 and 2012. Underneath, commenter dearieme added this remark:
I dare say that if netflix survives long enough to become a “mature” corporation it will become just as bad.
Well, Reed Hastings is still the CEO but this didn’t fill me with confidence:
Barack Obama and Michelle Obama are teaming up with Netflix to produce films and TV shows.
Netflix say the former US President and First Lady have “entered into a multi-year agreement” with the service.
It says the “films and series” will “potentially” include “scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries and features.”
“Barack and I have always believed in the power of storytelling to inspire us,” said Michelle Obama.
Presumably there is a shortage of seasoned professional TV producers forcing Netflix to recruit former politicians and their wives. Or, it’s simply a way for wealthy liberals to bankroll the Obamas’ lifestyle to which they’re now accustomed:
Netflix is basically giving tens of millions of dollars to the Obamas in return for some vague notions about what kind of content they might potentially someday hire some people to make. pic.twitter.com/8Ol7GR506X
— Kyle Smith (@rkylesmith) May 22, 2018
This is third-world stuff, and I think it’s safe to say sensible management practices have left Netflix, along with the smart money. Give it a year or so and they’ll have gone full SJW.