Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) announced its decision to create 400 jobs at its newly-opened European customer service hub in Amsterdam.
The world’s largest video streaming company said its service hub is multilingual and supports customers across eleven countries in Europe including Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
Netflix will initially employ 170 people at its new European customer service hub. The number of its staff will increase to 345 by the end of this year and will exceed 400 by the end of 2018.
Netflix CEO says “Europe is a creative center for storytelling”
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said, “We are delighted to announce the creation of jobs in Europe and the opening of our new customer service hub in Amsterdam, as well as two new European original series. Europe is a creative center for great storytelling that resonates around the world and we continue to invest in European content.”
Netflix recently expanded its European, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) headquarters is located in Amsterdam. Its workforce in its EMEA headquarters already doubled since the beginning of 2016. The company currently has over 120 employees working on business development, marketing, PR, public policy, and corporate functions at its EMEA HQ.
Since entering the European market in 2012, Netflix committed to invest more than $1.75 billion to productions in the region. The video streaming company said expanding its workforce in Europe complements its investment in productions (license, original, and co-productions).
Jeroen Nijland, Commissioner for Foreign Investment, Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA), said, “The Netherlands’ fast internet speeds, e-commerce strengths and multilingual talent pool make our country a great match for the Netflix expansion to support its rapidly growing European market.”
Netflix original projects in Europe
Netflix confirmed its plans to create at least six new original projects in Europe before the end of 2017.
The first two of these projects is entitled Dogs of Berlin, a ten-episode series about two contrasting police detectives who becomes a team against their—and are forced into territorial battle with Berlin underworld that confronts them with their human weaknesses and criminal activities. The detectives will eventually decide which side of the law they want to follow. Dogs of Berlin will be will be written, produced, and shot in Germany.
Its second original European project is entitled Osmosis, an eight-episode series about Paris in the future, wherein technology has conquered the last frontier: decoding true love. Osmosis is a new dating app that digs deep into user’s brain data to find a perfect match with 100% accuracy, turning the concept of absolute soulmate into reality.
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