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March 27, 2007

Netflix head, newest MSFT Director, talks to WSJ

Posted by Benjamin J. Romano at 12:08 PM

We asked for an interview with Netflix founder, chairman and CEO Reed Hastings yesterday after Microsoft announced he is joining its board of directors. A Netflix PR guy said Hastings wasn't doing interviews on the directorship.

The Wall Street Journal has an interview with Hastings, apparently conducted earlier, that's worth reading to get a better sense of the new face on the Microsoft board. It's focused on Netflix, changes to the video distribution model and tensions between the tech and entertainment industries.

It also includes a list of "5 Movies with Leadership Lessons Recommended by Reed Hastings." "Animal House" makes the cut because, "Occasionally, a resourceful plan passionately executed can lead to victory against seemingly superior competition."

For more, check out Seattle Times retail reporter Monica Soto Ouchi's coverage of the National Retail Federation's 96th Annual Convention & Expo in New York where Hastings unveiled the new Netflix streaming video service.

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