Netflix Director of Original Documentaries Diego Buñuel has stepped down from his post, confirming recent reports in French media. He leaves the streaming giant after 18 months.
Prior to joining Netflix Buñuel was both Head of Docs and the Canal Brand Factory at Canal Plus in Paris.
“I can confirm Diego has left and there are currently no plans to replace him,” a spokesperson in London said.
Speaking at the Sunnyside of the Doc market in June (La Rochelle) Buñuel outlined how, having “worked with the best” US and British creatives, the company was firmly embracing the European professional marketplace and its talent.
“It’s our biggest market and moving very fast,” he said. “My goal is to work with great directors and help them develop their stories [so] we can have docs that resonate in Europe but also globally.”
As the streamer attracted greater numbers of subscribers outside the US, it needed to “start addressing their narratives, their people and their societies,” he added.
Four Netflix docs have made it onto the 15-film shortlist for the 2020 Academy Awards. These are American Factory, Knock Down The House, The Great Hack and The Edge of Democracy.