Netflix chief Ted Sarandos on decision to greenlight Sacred Games 2: Comfortable with outcome of internal investigation

FP Staff

October 25, 2018 18:32:49 IST

Netflix on 23 October had announced that it had green lit the second season of its first Indian original series Sacred Games, continuing its association with Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane and writer Varun Grover. The streaming giant in a statement said that the decision was taken following an independent investigation.

The streaming giant's chief content officer Ted Sarandos told Mid-Day that the decision to go forward with the series had nothing to do with House of Cards wherein the lead actor Kevin Spacey was removed from the show following a series of sexual harassment allegations. Sarandos said that the two were different cases with separate circumstances.

Still from Sacred Games. Netflix

Still from Sacred Games. Netflix

"They're all very tough calls. And we take them all very seriously. In the case of Sacred Games, there was an investigation. And we were comfortable with the outcome of going forward with Anurag and Vikram."

He also added that the streaming giant's sexual harassment policies were uniform in all productions across the world.

Besides cutting ties with Spacey, Netflix had also cancelled comedian Louis CK's stand-up special when similar allegations surfaced against him.

Kashyap and Motwane, who co-directed the hit series, have been under fire for their alleged inaction in the sexual harassment allegations against former Phantom Films partner Vikas Bahl by an employee, a charge they both have denied. Grover was anonymously accused of sexual harassment, a claim he has categorically denied. In multiple statements, he has said that while he supports the movement, he wants to clear his name for his mental health. There has been no response from the anonymous account after he asked for closure.

Updated Date: Oct 25, 2018 18:32 PM