Nija Kukendal is joining Netflix as vice president of film, where she will oversee a new group that will focus on creating and developing medium-sized films. He joined Streamer from Warner Bros., where he was executive vice-president of production, starring in films such as “It,” “A Star Is Born,” “Magic Mike,” and “Judas and the Black Messiah.”
He will report to Scott Stuber, the head of Netflix’s original film. His hire comes when Netflix is trying to strengthen its programming slate to combat the growing crop of competitors like Disney Plus, HBO Max, Paramount Plus and Peacock. In 2021, the company announced that it would release a new movie every week.
“Her experience and reputation are great and she has brought strength to Netflix through her relationships and creative talent,” Stuber said in a statement. There has been a significant gap in the mid-range film market for some time and Niza has a great track record to champion those projects. We are thrilled that he will lead a new team that will further ensure that we continue to entertain audiences through our films. ”
Kukendal began his career in corporate communications at Viacom Inc., later becoming a development assistant at Beacon Pictures. He joined Twentieth Century Fox as a feature film creative executive before joining Warner Bros. in 200 then.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to join Netflix’s great team and create a new group, which will focus on mid-sized movie space,” Cookendal said in a statement. “I look forward to continuing my work of advocacy and partnership with incredible filmmakers to tell influential and meaningful stories of all genres.”