Investing a total of 6 billion dollars, 2017 will end with a total of 50 Netflix series, a number that, while impressive, will become small compared to its ambitions for 2018.
Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer at Netflix, spoke at the USB Global Media and Communications Conference in New York this week and unveiled some of the OTT platform's plans for the year ahead, with notable growth for its international series, as well as original movies.
As far as original series produced outside the US and in local languages, 2018 will see a total of 30 new international series.
"What's really exciting for us is that the content we're producing for the world, both in local languages and in Spanish, has proven to be very global," he said, highlighting cases like the recent German series Dark and Brazilian series 3%.
The company also has 60 kids' shows in production and 30 anime series in Japan. It's also looking to develop "choose your own adventure" type series for adults, something they've already experimented with in the kids' landscape.
In terms of feature films, the plan for 2018 is to reach 80 original movies, both as an exclusive first window, as well as original productions. In addition, Netflix hopes to launch four or five animated films a year. It currently has two on the way.
The executive said the goal is based on the fact that a third of the content consumed on Netflix are movies.
By the end of 2019, the company's goal is for half of its catalog to be original productions.
The final season of House of Cards
During the conference, Sarandos also announced House of Cards will get a final season, which will not feature Kevin Spacey. It will be shorter than the previous ones (8 episodes) and focus on Robin Wright's character.