Netflix Films Tactic: Check out on Streaming, Not in Theatres

In advance of Tudum 2022, IndieWire spoke with Netflix CMO Marian Lee about her movie advertising method, “Squid Game,” and getting where the followers are.

Netflix enthusiasts are about to have a occupied weekend, and so is Netflix main marketing officer Marian Lee. On Saturday, the streaming giant’s Tudum lover function will quintuple in size and go worldwide.

Tudum commenced in January 2020 as an in-man or woman party in just one industry, São Paulo, Brazil. The Covid pandemic disrupted that complete in-man or woman matter, but on September 24 the function is again — and it’s supersized.

Named for the streaming service’s start off-up audio, Tudum is now produced up of 5 situations from close to the environment, presenting “more content, far more shows and flicks, more expertise,” and of course, “more news to break,” as Lee reported in a telephone job interview with IndieWire.

Tudum is Netflix’s D23 and its Disney+ Working day rolled into 1. It’s not quite San Diego Comic-Con, but Tudum serves as a solid — and controlled — complement to existing supporter conventions. “I wouldn’t say we really do not glance at all those gatherings, but we’re definitely seeking to set our possess mark on some thing,” Lee stated. “What do we have that is actually distinctive listed here? We, just in the previous 10 years, have really produced this enormous library of I.P. and franchises.”

Individuals contain the mega-hits “Stranger Items,” “Bridgerton,” “Squid Sport,” and “The Witcher,” all of which will be represented at Tudum 2022. “We’re truly just striving to provide all those people fandoms jointly, rejoice them, give them a way to link specifically to expertise,” she said. “We may possibly be debuting factors they have not noticed before, any variety of exclusives.”

Assembling all of that can bring about interior “chaos” for her group, Lee acknowledged: “It’s kind of like ‘A Lovely Mind’ mapping it out on a wall.”

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“Squid Game” Time 1.

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“Squid Game” remains Netflix’s premier-ever world wide hit, which allows demonstrate why this year’s Tudum kicks off in Korea, the place the sequence originated. A show like that will offer by itself for the forthcoming Time 2, but launching a new collection is where Lee’s advertising and marketing workforce can certainly shine. Even viral sensations can use a helping hand Lee’s toolbox includes a B.A. in Psychology from Barnard Higher education at Columbia College and eight several years as a best Spotify advertising executive.

The South Korean smash, which amassed a thoughts-numbing 1.65 billion hours considered in its to start with 28 days, “definitely experienced internet marketing,” Lee said. In other phrases, the “Squid Game” success didn’t just appear by term of mouth. “It had promoting all all around the globe. Now, was [the viewership level] surprising in specific marketplaces? Like, did we assume it was heading to resonate as a great deal as it did in the U.S.?” she stated. “Certainly not at the start out.”

But Netflix’s Korean marketing and advertising group laid the “really outstanding groundwork,” Lee advised us, like total-set buildouts in the biggest neighborhood division shops. There was “bespoke advertising and marketing all above Asia,” she ongoing, and when the exhibit really began to acquire off, Lee’s UCAN (United States and Canada, which is what she ran at the time) team ramped up its attempts to “take the heat on this a person.”

And it was cigarette smoking warm. “That’s when you saw times becoming created, and activations, and the costumes just about everywhere,” she reported.

"The Gray Man" activation at San Diego Comic-Con.

“The Grey Man” activation at San Diego Comedian-Con.

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In conversation, you can convey to how a great deal Lee digs a great activation. One of her new favorites was tied to “The Grey Gentleman,” the large-spending budget (specially for Netflix) spy-vs.-spy flick starring Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans that had a a person-week theatrical run prior to premiering on the SVOD provider (which will before long increase an AVOD tier).

At this summer’s Comic-Con, Netflix developed an practical experience that gave fans the experience of remaining 6 (Gosling) and Lloyd Hansen (Evans). In San Diego, fans boarded a phony tram that pretend crashed into a pretend making, just like a “Grey Man” scene that took put in the Prague metropolis heart. They concluded challenges to shift from just one car to the subsequent right before escaping to the leading of the tram, with subwoofers, rumblers, and bounce scares  boosting the episode.

“The Gray Guy,” which is Netflix’s fourth most-well known motion picture on file, is a franchise that will broaden with a sequel and spinoff collection. For the film(s), Lee is delighted enough with the quick large-screen selection, but it’s not her desire.

“Netflix is the spot that we want supporters to look at movies that they really like, or sit down with their household to watch a new movie,” she said. And so considerably, so very good on the Netflix way of marketing and advertising films — which is, to say, not performing a great deal promoting at all.

“From a advertising and marketing standpoint, what we’re doing is various than main studios” who are “trying to provide a ticket,” Lee explained. “But, once more, we’re hoping to drum up anticipation and enjoyment for our [movies] so that people today can ultimately view them on Netflix. [We’re] not centered on finding them into the theaters for the limited run… for the (awards exhibit) qualifiers. To me, our admirers are on Netflix and that is what they want.”

A zoomed out view of Netflix's "Gray Man" activation at SDCC.

A zoomed out watch of Netflix’s “Gray Man” activation at SDCC.

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Tudum Korea kicks off Saturday at 11 a.m. KST, which is 10 p.m. ET Friday (or 7 p.m. PT). The “Global Fan Event” part starts with Part 1 at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT on Saturday. Portion 2 starts off 90 minutes later.

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