Although apparently at odds with the streaming giant in the past, Steven Spielberg’s production company has officially partnered with Netflix.
Spielberg’s global film and television studio Amblin Partners and Netflix announced Monday that they have teamed up to strike a deal that will see the studio produce several new feature films per year.
âAt Amblin, storytelling will forever be at the center of everything we do, and from the minute Ted [Sarandos] and I started discussing a partnership, it was quite clear that we had an amazing opportunity to tell new stories together and reach audiences in new ways, âSpielberg said in a statement announcing the news. . “This new avenue for our films, alongside the stories we continue to tell with our longtime family at Universal and our other partners, will be incredibly rewarding for me personally as we’re going to be launching with Ted, and I can’t wait to start with him, Scott, and the entire Netflix Team. ”
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The acclaimed director’s partnership may come as a surprise to many following unverified rumors from 2019 suggesting that Spielberg has taken a stand against streaming services being in the same award categories as theatrical releases.
However, as Deadline notes, the two companies have been working together on a limited basis for quite some time now. Most recently, Amblin produced the Oscar nominated âTrial of the Chicago 7â directed by Aaron Sorkin. Netflix has also stepped in to acquire, finance and distribute “Maestro”, directed by Bradley Cooper.
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âSteven is a visionary and a creative leader and, like so many others around the world, my childhood was shaped by his memorable characters and stories that were enduring, inspiring and awakening,â said Sarandos, co-CEO and CCO of Netflix. “We look forward to working with the Amblin team and are honored and thrilled to be a part of this chapter in Steven’s cinematic history.”
Jeff Small, CEO of Amblin Partners, added, âAs we deepen our ties with Netflix through this new film partnership, we build on what has been an incredibly successful working relationship for both television and television for many years. the movie theater. The global platform they’ve built – with over 200 million members – speaks for itself, and we are extremely grateful to have the opportunity to work closely with Scott and his amazing team to bring Amblin’s iconic brand of storytelling to Netflix audiences. ”
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Other Oscar nominated films from Amblin include “Green Book” and “1917”.
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The deadline notes that the deal will run in tandem with another deal the Spielberg-led company has with Universal Pictures, meaning the studio will likely produce multiple films per year to meet the two deals.