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Google Snags Netflix Executive Behind Online Streaming Service, Signaling Serious Intentions About TV

Sep 17, 2010  •  Post A Comment

Google has hired one of the key executives behind Netflix’s popular online streaming service, signaling the search-giant’s seriousness about getting into television, reports the Los Angeles Times’ Company Town blog. 

Robert Kyncl will become Google’s vice president of content partnerships, with responsibility for signing television and movie deals, reports the Wall Street Journal’s AllThingsDigital blog.

While Netflix confirmed that Kyncl has left the firm, Google said it doesn’t discuss individual hires. "You can see why Kyncl would appeal to Google: He’s been at Netflix for seven years, and in that time Netflix has gone from one of Hollywood’s least-liked companies to one the studios are happy, or at least willing, to deal with," according to the Journal blog, which adds that Kyncl helped negotiate Netflix’s deal with pay-TV channel Epix.  

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