Netflix plans to double its original programming in 2017, with the big push to come in unscripted. Variety reports that the streamer, which currently has 30 original scripted series either in development or in release, plans to roll out 20 unscripted shows next year.
Among the most high-profile of those is the global competition series “Ultimate Beastmaster,” produced by Sylvester Stallone and “The Biggest Loser” executive producer Dave Broome.
The report quotes Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos saying the company is zeroed in on programming that is “more likely to travel internationally.”
Speaking at the UBS Global Media & Communications Conference in New York, Sarandos said Monday that Netflix will increase its slate of original programming to about 1,000 hours, which would more than double the 2016 figure. Sarandos added: “That’s a conservative measure right now.”