Cannes Lions has announced Ted Sarandos, Co-CEO, Netflix, as the 2022 Entertainment Person of the Year.
The award celebrates the creativity that inspires others to produce compelling, meaningful and entertaining content, informed organisers.
Sarandos will be presented with the award at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, live Awards Show, on Thursday, 23 June 2022.
Netflix will also speak on stage at Cannes Lions for the first time. Sarandos will join “Sway” podcast host and The New York Times Opinion writer Kara Swisher in the Lumiere Theatre (Thursday 23 June, 11:30 – 12:00) to discuss creativity, the need for constant innovation and the future of entertainment with MediaLink CEO Michael Kassan. Hear how the global streaming platform intends to keep entertaining the world by betting big on TV series, documentaries, feature films and mobile games.
Philip Thomas, Chairman of Cannes Lions, comments, “We’re delighted to honour Ted Sarandos with this year’s Entertainment Person of the Year accolade. He is a leading creative force, who has developed a body of truly compelling content at Netflix, transforming the creative landscape over the last decade.”
Sarandos is the second entertainment luminary to collect the distinguished award, after Saturday Night Live producer, Lorne Micheals, collected the inaugural accolade at the 2019 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.
The annual five-day Cannes Lions festival organised by Ascential Events will run from 20 to 24 June 2022.