Netflix Director Of UK Scripted Series Chris Sussman To Exit; Exec Was Behind Harlan Coben Series ‘Stay Close’ & Rowan Atkinson’s ‘Man Vs Bee’

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EXCLUSIVE: Chris Sussman, Netflix’s Director of UK Scripted Series, is leaving the streamer, Deadline has learned.

The former BBC exec has resigned from Anne Mensah’s lean UK commissioning team to spend more time with his family, we understand. His final day is July 8.

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During his two-and-a-half year spell, the well liked exec was behind the likes of Harlan Coben’s Stay Close, from It’s A Sin producer Red Production Company, and Man Vs Bee, the slapstick comedy launching next week in which Rowan Atkinson plays a man who destroys a luxury home while housesitting due to a troublesome bee.

As Deadline revealed in October 2019, he had joined Netflix from BBC Studios, where he had run the comedy division for three years. Prior to that, he was a commissioner at the BBC, most notably playing a key role in the commission and launch of influential BBC Three comedy-drama Fleabag.

The Netflix UK commissioning team, under Vice President of Content Anne Mensah, has expanded significantly since he joined. It is behind upcoming shows such as superhero drama Supacell from Blue Story‘s Rapman, an adaptation of the David Nicholls novel One Day from Drama Republic and Abi Morgan’s Manhattan-set Eric, from her indie Little Chick and Sister.

The streamer has just moved into plush new offices in Fitzrovia, London, and held a launch event last night. Mensah and several high-profile figures from the City of London spoke at the event attended by industry, journalists and other media players.

 

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