EXCLUSIVE: Tendo Nagenda is leaving Netflix this week. It will be released on September 1, a development that came from a decision to simplify the structure of the film’s crew. Under the direction of Scott Stuber, Head of Global Films, Netflix has methodically streamlined its executive structure. There will now be a Studio Film team led by Kira Goldberg and Ori Marmur, whose upcoming films include Slumberland, heart of stone and The killer.
Nagenda was a rising executive who had spent more than eight years at Disney when he was recruited by Stuber as one of his first major hires. Nagenda was instrumental in Stuber’s transition from running a movie studio whose inventory consisted largely of licensed/third-party films to a studio that developed projects in-house and secured packages focused on the stars and quickly turned them into big-budget movies.
Netflix has been the most Oscar-nominated studio for three years in a row and generates a far larger list of films than any major studio rival. Given the recent rocky road the company has had in its stock price recently, that high number of annual productions will likely turn to a more selective strategy. I was told that Nagenda, who oversaw a team that was doing The gray man and Extraction among other things, was offered the opportunity to move into a producer role. Instead, he chose to explore other avenues. But his exit is amicable.
Said Stuber confirming the release of Nagenda: “Tendo joined the company four years ago and helped build our studio film crew, which delivered films such as The falls harder, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, The Old Guard, Da 5 Bloods and Hustle. It has been integral to our evolution, from acquiring and licensing films to making films ourselves. We wish him the best for the future. »
Said Nagenda: “I’m honored to have been a small part of a film team that led Oscar nominations for three years in a row, became the greatest film producer in the world by any measure, led the industry through a pandemic, and become the standard bearer for representation and inclusion in front of and behind the camera. I wish Netflix the continued tenacity and boldness to take the big swings and tell the big and well- loved stories that need to be told. I plan.”
Deadline received a copy of an internal memo that Nagenda just sent to colleagues at Netflix. Here it is:
It is with deep gratitude for the past four years and boundless optimism for the future of our company that I step down from my role at Netflix. I came to Netflix guided by the belief that too many harrowing and transformative stories have gone untold. Alongside you, I’ve worked to help storytellers tell these and other stories with authenticity, dignity, and high entertainment value, and share them with a global audience only Netflix can reach.
To borrow from James Baldwin, “you [tell stories] change the world… the world changes depending on how people see it, and if you change even one millimeter in the way people look at reality, then you can change it.
I’m honored to have been a small part of a film crew that led Oscar nominations for three years in a row, became the greatest movie producer in the world by any measure, led the industry through a pandemic and has become the standard bearer for representation and inclusion in front of and behind the camera. In this pursuit of inclusion, I am especially proud to have participated, along with many courageous and selfless colleagues, in the creation of Strategy Bet #16: Big & Beloved Inclusive Content Across all of Netflix Entertainment. Together, through this work, we have changed reality by several millimeters and changed the world.
As the industry and the world continue to evolve, I wish each of you the tenacity and boldness to take the big turns and tell the great and beloved stories that need to be told. I foresee.
With gratitude and warm greetings,