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How to Sell Your Film or Television Series to Netflix: Tips for Success

Updated: Dec 31

When it comes to selling your film or television series, Netflix is a top destination. The streaming giant has a large and engaged audience, and its acquisition team is always on the lookout for new content. If you're looking to sell your project to Netflix, here are some tips to help you succeed.

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First, it's important to understand the fees and strategy of the Netflix acquisition team. The company typically pays an upfront fee for exclusive rights to a project, so you'll need to be prepared to negotiate -- an entertainment attorney can help you navigate these waters --- and get the best deal possible for your project.

Second, make sure your project is ready for market.Netflix has high standards, so your project will need to be well-crafted and market-ready before you approach them. If it's not, you run the risk of being rejected outright.

Finally, have a clear marketing strategy in place. You'll need to be able to articulate why your project is a good fit for Netflix and what kind of audience it will appeal to. If you can do this, you'll be in a much better position to sell your project and get it greenlit.

Netflix acquisition process

Netflix has a unique process for acquiring films and television shows. Their team of professionals carefully evaluates each program or movie before deciding to add it to their library. This careful evaluation includes considering factors such as the program's popularity, its potential to attract new subscribers, and its overall appeal. Netflix also takes into account the cost of acquiring a program or movie and the associated production and marketing costs. This meticulous process ensures that only the best programs and movies are made available to their subscribers. Netflix typically acquires films and television shows through a rights acquisition or production deal. For example, Netflix may partner with a movie studio to secure the exclusive rights to stream a new release shortly after its theatrical debut. Netflix may also enter into production deals with television networks in order to produce exclusive original content.

How to submit your film or television series idea

Netflix is always looking for new and original content to add to its catalog. Independent filmmakers can submit their films or television shows to Netflix by creating a profile on the Netflix website and uploading their submissions. Netflix will review the submission and, if it is accepted, will add the film or show to its catalog.


If you're looking to sell your film or television series to Netflix, it's important to understand their fees and strategy, make sure your project is ready for market, and have a clear marketing strategy in place. By following these tips, you'll be in a much better position to succeed.

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