Niija Kuykendall Joins Netflix to Lead New Film Group – The Hollywood Reporter

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Veteran Warner Bros. government Niija Kuykendall has left the Burbank-based studio and joined Netflix within the streamer’s film division.

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Kuykendall will act as vp of film and oversee a brand new options group specializing in mid-sized movies. She will report to head of film, Scott Stuber, and joins film vps Tendo Nagenda, Ori Marmur, and Kira Goldberg.

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The transfer buttresses Netflix’s movie division at a essential time. The firm is attempting to drastically ramp up manufacturing but additionally elevate the extent of high quality of its authentic options.

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And Kuykendall undoubtedly has the expertise. Joining Warners in 2008, she rose by the ranks to change into government vp of manufacturing and most lately oversaw the Oscar-winning drama Judas and the Black Messiah. She additionally oversaw 2018’s award-winning remake of A Star is Born, and the hit horror films It and It Chapter Two. Other films beneath her purview included Just Mercy, The Sun Is Also a Star, Everything, Everything, Magic Mike and its sequel, and Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur.

“Niija’s expertise and status is stellar, and he or she brings energy to Netflix by her relationships and artistic abilities,” mentioned Stuber in a press release. “For a while there was a big hole out there for mid-range movies and Niija has a implausible monitor file of championing these initiatives. We’re thrilled that she’ll be main a brand new workforce that may additional guarantee audiences proceed to be entertained by our films.”

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Kuykendall can be very energetic in illustration and variety initiatives. She is on the board of administrators of Women in Film, Brown University’s Women Leadership Council, and the Emma Bowen Foundation for Multicultural Interests in Media. She additionally spearheaded the MACRO x The Black List Feature Screenwriter Incubator, launched by Warners earlier this yr, that’s to assist elevate screenwriters of shade.

Stated Kuykendall: “I’m so excited by this chance to be part of the wonderful workforce at Netflix and construct a brand new group that can be targeted on the mid-sized movie area.  I look ahead to persevering with my work of advocating for and partnering with unimaginable filmmakers to inform impactful and significant tales of all genres.”

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