Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos told an audience at the Paley Center for Media in New York on Tuesday that upcoming projects involving Barack and Michelle Obama will not have a “political slant.”
“This is not The Obama Network,” Sarandos was quoted as saying on Tuesday. “There’s no political slant to the programming.”
Sarandos went on to bat away accusations Tuesday that the video streaming giant is biased to the left after the company recently appointed Obama’s former National Security Advisor Susan Rice to its board, but admitted that the industry itself was left-leaning.
“Umm, wait for the programming,” he told journalist Ken Auletta, adding that “it’s hard to argue that there’s not a left lean to the creative community.”
Sarandos insisted that all original Netflix content does not reflect the views of the company or its CEO Reed Hasting, but instead it represents “an aggregation of all those storytellers.”