Form 8-K




Washington, D.C. 20549






Current Report

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of

the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported):

December 29, 2010




(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)




Delaware   000-49802   77-0467272

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)



File Number)


(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

100 Winchester Circle

Los Gatos, CA


(Address of principal executive offices)

(Zip Code)

(408) 540-3700

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)



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Item 5.02 (e) Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.

Annual Salaries and Equity Compensation for Named Executive Officers

The Board of Directors of the Registrant established the annual salaries and monthly stock option allowances for 2011 for the Registrant’s Named Executive Officers as follows:




Reed Hastings, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board

   $ 500,000       $ 3,000,000       $ 250,000   

David Wells, Chief Financial Officer

     400,000         350,000         29,167   

Leslie Kilgore, Chief Marketing Officer

     802,000         1,098,000         91,500   

Neil Hunt, Chief Product Officer

     1,000,000         900,000         75,000   

Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer

     903,362         1,396,638         116,387   

Each Named Executive Officer, like all of Registrant’s employees who receive stock options as part of his or her compensation package, may request that a portion of their annual salary be awarded in equity. The number of options to be granted is determined by the following formula: the monthly dollar amount of the stock option allowance / ([Fair Market Value on the date of grant] * 0.20). Each monthly grant shall be made on the first trading day of the month, shall be fully vested upon grant and shall be exercisable at a strike price equal to the Fair Market Value (as defined in the Registrant’s 2002 Stock Plan) on the date of grant. The options will be subject to the terms and conditions of the 2002 Stock Plan and will be administered on a non-discretionary basis without further action by the Registrant’s Board of Directors, provided that only the Board may change the amount or terms of future grants. Vested stock options granted on or after January 1, 2007 can be exercised up to ten (10) years following termination of employment. In addition, effective beginning 2011, each Named Executive Officer, like all of the Registrants employees, will receive an additional $10 thousand in annual compensation not reflected above that may be used to defray the cost of health benefits previously paid by the Registrant. Any portion of this allowance not utilized towards the cost of health care benefits will be paid as salary. Registrant does not currently provide a program of performance bonuses for its Named Executive Officers.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


Date: December 29, 2010      

/S/    DAVID HYMAN        

      David Hyman
      General Counsel and Secretary