Netflix has reached an agreement to resume production of season 6 of "House of Cards", the final season of the program, in early 2018, according to content manager Ted Sarandos.
The production of the "House of Cards" season 6 was suspended in October, after accusations of badual badault against the star Kevin Spacey.
The sixth season of the political thriller will be eight episodes, starring Robin Wright, Sarandos said. The last season will not include Spacey, as previously announced.
"We were very excited to be able to reach an agreement … for the conclusion of the show," Sarandos said, speaking at the UBS Global Communications and Media Conference in New York on Monday. .
"House of Cards," the first major original show for Netflix, is produced by Media Rights Capital (MRC) and is recorded in Baltimore. Sarandos said he was pleased to have reached an agreement for the team of 370 people working directly in the program and for "the 2,000 people in Baltimore" who work in "HOC."
Variety reported last month that the producers of "House of Cards" were considering killing Spacey's character, the cunning political animal Frank Underwood, to focus on Wright's Claire Underwood as a way to save season 6
Last week, the MRC producers informed the cast and team of "House of Cards" that the pause in season 6 would be extended until December 8 and that the crew will continue to receive payment during the break. Now the pause in production extends to the new year.
Netflix is already a big buyer of programming, and the content budget is increasing by 2018, projecting it to spend between $ 7 billion and $ 8 billion, compared to $ 6 billion this year. The list of streamer content for next year includes around 80 original films through productions or acquisitions, reiterated Sarandos on Monday, which he had told investors in the Netflix earnings call in October. A third of all Netflix visualizations are movies, he said.
For most movies, the theatrical release is a "lousy business," he said. "The question is, can you shake up the market enough that the big event films are only on Netflix?" He said he expects theaters to screen a movie like "Bright," the Will Smith-directed police film by David Ayer for December. 22 release, "because people want to go out on Friday night."
Sarandos also said that Netflix will expand animation movies, potentially releasing four or five per year, and has 60 children's series in production along with 30 anime originals from Japan. In addition, Netflix will increase productions in the local language, targeting 30 series with international scripts worldwide in 2018.
"We have been careful not to become a single-brand network. variety and run in several genres at a high level, "Sarandos said, noting that Netflix has made inroads into shows without scripts and stand-up specials.
Last week, Netflix renewed the supernatural success of the series "Stranger Things" for season 3 and "Mindhunter" by David Fincher on the profilers of serial killers of the FBI for season 2, while canceling "Haters Back Off" "with Miranda Sings of YouTube (created and represented by Colleen Ballinger) after two seasons.  "The phenomenon of the comeback series is really exciting," Sarandos said, adding: "Last year, there was no anticipation of 'Strange Things' before the Duffer Brothers show became in a great franchise.
For "The Crown," the Queen Elizabeth II series whose first season supposedly had a budget of $ 170 million, "almost all the press talked about how much it cost," said Sarandos. he said, is "one of our most efficient programs" in terms of the number of people who have seen the program and its ability to attract new subscribers, in relation to its price. "The Crown" second season debuts on December 8.