Netflix says it will produce original documentaries, stand-up comedy specials

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With 14 Emmy nominations in hand, few are doubting Netflix’s ability to produce quality scripted content. But as its latest letter to shareholders reveals, Netflix has ambitions that extend far beyond House of Cards and Arrested Development. Specifically, the company plans to produce full-length documentaries and comedy shows for its streaming customers. “Beyond series, we will be expanding our Originals initiative to include broadly appealing feature documentaries and stand-up comedy specials,” the letter reads. “Netflix has become a big destination for fans of these much loved and often under-distributed genres.” Chief content officer Ted Sarandos hinted of Netflix’s interest in comedy in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter in…

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