Netflix Pitch Deal

So, I have been wondering…has anyone attempted at doing a pitch deal with Netflix for their animation or show? I’ve been meaning to make a deal with Netflix sometime in the future for my 3D animation series “Storm the Fox”, for multiple reasons.

The first reason, is that I know of the YouTube/COPPA thingy going on, on the Internet. I think people are panicking for their channel termination (which I do too).

So, my question is: Has anyone made a pitch deal with Netflix overtime?

I would like to have my 3D show on there, away from YouTube and COPPA’s settlement deal. Where, and how, can I look for a distributor to help me in getting a deal with Netflix for commercial reasons? I’ve been trying for sometime by looking for a few “How to Make A Distribution Deal” tips and advice on how I’ll get my show on it.

Could somebody help me in going this way for my series’ future of being seen by the viewers? I’d be greatly appreciated if I can get some help in that regard.

Thanks for reading, and have a great week, my friends!

Getting a company like Netflix to air a series you want to make can potentially earn a lot of money compared to Youtube, but you need to do your homework and look at the pros and cons.

Pros…

  1. Potentially high earnings
  2. A potentially large audience
  3. Generous funding from a large company
  4. If it’s wildly popular, your name might become a household word

Cons…

  1. Less autonomy, Netflix might expect you to make changes to your original idea as a condition for either airing or continuing the show
  2. Netflix can cancel your show if it’s not pulling in decent viewership or if it stops being financially viable.
  3. Extending number one, you might realize that some of your ideas (from character lines to themes) might be off limits entirely (because it does not fit with the company’s values).
  4. Deadlines, Netflix might expect new episodes completed in a certain time-frame (not like Youtube posting which can definitely be at your own pace).

Though if you search for “Youtube COPPA” in the site’s search bar, there are now some videos of people who actually got a response from the FTC and others who argue the initial panic is (mostly) unwarranted.

@DawnDarkness You probably want to hire an agent. Most companies don’t take unsolicited pitches. While you can get tons of useful information from the internet about how best to approach and formulate your pitch (Tad Stone’s blog offers some great incite), consulting with a hired agent or agency may be best option.

I can answer your question swiftly. Netflix is not making independent deals anymore. (by that I mean low budget DIY level) Also they do not accept “unsolicited material”. I had a movie on Netflix many years ago. And that was through a distributor. And they have even taken all of that indie stuff down recently.

https://help.netflix.com/en/node/100386

Your first step - assuming you have a great project - is to contact and agent, lawyer, distributor etc.

This will be your first largest barrier. And in doing so you will have to weed out the BS deals, crooks and others generally looking to take advantage of you and make “promises”.

I have been through this myself. And it is no fun. Even with a project you think is worthy.

From there, if they think they can pitch it, they will. But likely any deal you make with a third party is going to recommend you pitch to all of the available outlets there are now. And this is growing with Apple getting into the mix.

Beware of sites such as this:

https://www.moviepitcher.com/clients/cart.php?a=confproduct&i=0

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So, is there a site where I can get an agent to help me professionally? I am quite passionate about my project (as most people are) and I’m determined to have my show on Netflix as an original series.

The second link…ooh, I can’t pay for USD, only my country’s currency (the DKK)

But, thanks for explaining, Richard. I’ll see if I can get either an agent or distributor to get my series on Netflix. (Would that mean, Netflix will be the ones in charge of producing my show instead of me if I were to get it to them?)

This one. I say avoid. Don’t, I repeat, do not fall for this scam.

There is Zero incentive for any distributor or agent to take projects because a company charges money for someone to pitch it.

To all of your other questions. Think of Netflix as being on the same level of any major Hollywood studio. Getting noticed by them is going to be just as equally hard for an indie producer. And there are all kinds of arrangements available once you get there.

Maybe edit the post and remove the link so that nobody uses it on accident and gets scammed.

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Those of Netflix are starting pissing me off.
They want to do a new series of Ghosts in The Shell …
I’m already pissed off like a hyena for that film of Americanized shit that twists the plot and tries to wash the brains.

Now also Netflix wants to continue to bite the knife in the wound with a style that looks like a hentai in 3D or at best a video game for ps2.

Why lately is there this desire to ruin masterpieces ??
Once upon a time there was a sacred respect for the great cult of the past!

Thank goodness you deleted …
However, it is clear that you don’t know what Ghost in the Shell was, otherwise you wouldn’t have dared to make sentences. :wink:
…1995

I deleted because I saw the date of the discussion, felt a bit weird to respond so long after…
Not because my comment was to be meant serious. :wink:

I’m old enough to have watched this one in the theatre multiple times, and have everything that came out after, and was available somehow, on DVD.

…so is there some way a NON-AMERICAN can pitch their idea to Netflix, or any other company? How do you make sure the idea doesn’t get stolen? For example, you tell someone what the story is, they say “no”, and proceed to make the movie themselves??

omg… (face palm)…

Get the “if I show, they steal” idea out of your head. They don’t do that because they can get sued. Professionally NO ONE ever does that. no one wants a lawsuit for IP (intellectual property).
HENCE, this is the core reason why they DON’T WANT your material. Ok? They DON’T.
That’s reality. Bear with it.

What the DO WANT: Is invite you to where IP markets go along the lines “you got 5 minutes per candidate in this MIPCOM, go: Pitch what you got with your project bible and your business card”.
To get to that specific point in time, you need a certified-Netflix agent OR go to any USA/Europe MIPCOM physically.

Too long to explain. Do the drill, produce 1 minute short movie. Present your production bible, and be ready with an IP lawyer to negotiate terms on a SECOND call after you’ve been selected…

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Well, then how can you not admit that the “Netflix Ghost in the Shell” is stylistically an offense to Ghost in the Shell.
Damn it, with modern tools everything should be more easier to do, and therefore quality should increase.

maybe it’s a trend (which I hope will end soon) like modern music reduced to one note rhythm and false voice with autotune :sneezing_face:

There are many much better streaming sites apart from Netflix. Personally, I’m a bit disappointed with Netflix reducing quality during this pandemia and I cancelled subscription.

If they never wanted anyone’s new material, they’d never have anything new to make. You seem to be of the “let’s make it hard for the newbie JUST TO SHOW HIM THAT LIFE CAN BE HARD” school of thought! Like- why?

What’s an “IP market”? What’s a project bible? And a MIPCOM? (sounds important… :slight_smile: )

Also, what’s the PAYMENT structure actually like? I assume I get paid Per Stream? How much? How much should I be asking for?

I took the time to post a bunch of specific technical terms for anyone interested, to go straight to the core. I explained it on the post.
“make it hard for the newbie”? * when HAS THE WORLD EVER been an “easy-to-go-by” place?

“school of thought”? <- H00 boy. Good luck. Other people would pay for the info I just dished out for free here.