Tendo Nagenda, a Netflix Film executive, is leaving the streaming service.
Nagenda joined the streamer from Disney in 2018.
Tendo Nagenda is leaving Netflix, where he has been VP of original film for the past four years. Nagenda’s last day at the streamer will be September 1, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Nagenda’s departure coincides with Netflix’s efforts to streamline its film operations. Kira Goldberg and Ori Marmur will now run the studio film team, which handles the streamers big-budget features, under film head Scott Stuber. In 2021, the duo were promoted to lead a team focused on developing and producing big-budget films.
Niija Kuykendall, who joined Netflix in 2021, leads the features group focused on mid-sized film, while Netflix veteran Lisa Nishimura continues to lead indie film.
Nagenda joined Netflix in 2018 after working at Disney on both low-budget films like Queen of Katwe and major tentpoles like the live-action versions of Dumbo and Mulan. Nagenda worked on some of Netflix’s more high-profile projects, including Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods and Charlize Theron’s action film The Old Guard, which is getting a sequel.
“Tendo joined the company four years ago and contributed to the development of our studio film team, which produced films such as The Harder They Fall, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, The Old Guard, Da 5 Bloods, and Hustle.” He was instrumental in our transition from acquiring and licencing films to producing them ourselves. “We wish him the best of luck in the future,” Stuber said in a statement.
“I’m honoured to have been a small part of a film team that has led in Oscar nominations for three years in a row, become the world’s largest producer of film by any metric, lead the industry through a pandemic, and become the standard bearer for representation and inclusion both in front of and behind the camera,” Nagenda said. I wish Netflix the tenacity and audacity to continue taking big risks and telling the big and beloved stories that need to be told. “I intend to.”
The change on Netflix’s film team comes as the company continues to restructure after multiple rounds of layoffs. 300 employees were laid off in June, after 150 employees were laid off in May. Previously, Netflix’s editorial and marketing division laid off a number of full-time employees and contractors.
Netflix co-CEO Reed Hastings wrote to employees on June 23 that he wished the company was going through “a more gradual readjustment of the business” due to slower-than-expected revenue growth.