by Larry Brody
Thank you for your interest in Netflix original programming. We appreciate it. And we appreciate you.
Unfortunately, we cannot and do not accept or review any unsolicited materials. Netflix only accepts submissions through a licensed literary agent, or from a producer, attorney, manager, or entertainment executive with whom we have a preexisting relationship. That means we’ve deleted your materials, just as we do with all creative submissions (whether manuscripts, treatments, scripts, ideas, headshots, pics of rainbow-colored unicorns, etc.) not specifically requested by Netflix. You should also be aware that Netflix is actively developing a number of projects, some of which may be similar to the material you are developing.
Thanks for your understanding.
About three weeks ago, TVWriter™ posted an article about Netflix’s latest search for new writers. We talked about how dubious we were about Netflix’s sincerity in light of how past calls for noob material had all turned out to be, well, pretty much bullshit, actually.
Early this week I received – apropos of nothing except possibly the post I mentioned above because I’ve never – ever – submitted any material of any kind to Netflix for any reason, my first rejection slip since 1968 when Harlan Ellison, whom I didn’t know at the time, rejected a story I’d submitted for one of his Dangerous Visions anthologies and then promptly became my first mentor for TV work.
I can only assume that someone at Netflix wanted me to know how they felt about the article we’d presented but decided to do it in the most craven passive-aggressive way possible.
All I can say about this monkey business is, whomever you are, thanks for thinking of me and welcome to TVWriter™! I’m delighted to know that even in retirement I’m still able to piss the right people off.
LYMI and please add your email addy to our mailing list. I’m always happy to work with a big-time executive such as you must be!