Pauline Fischer, Vice President of Original Films at Netflix, is leaving her post at the streaming service in order to establish a business consultancy company, Deadline has confirmed. We’re hearing she will be transitioning out of the company over the coming weeks, and will remain as a consultant on active productions during this period.
“Pauline Fischer has mounted an incredible slate of original films for Netflix and we are grateful to her for getting this important initiative underway.,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos in a statement released to the media. “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.”
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, which the streaming service released day and date that same year; the Adam Sandler film The Ridiculous 6; and the Adam Wingard-directed Death Note.
Deadline sister site Variety first reported this news.