Tuesday June 22, 2021
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Star director Spielberg shoots for Netflix
Netflix has succeeded in the next coup: The streaming service signs US director and Oscar winner Steven Spielberg, one of the greats. Netflix was able to win over one of its former greatest critics.
US star director Steven Spielberg has signed a contract with the streaming service Netflix. Spielberg will produce several films for the platform every year, the company announced. Spielberg spoke in a joint statement with Netflix of a “fantastic opportunity to tell new stories together and reach viewers in new ways”.
Whether Spielberg will also direct the films or only act as a producer remained open at first. His production company Amblin Partners will continue to produce content for traditional film studios such as Universal and 20 Century.
“We are honored and excited to be part of this chapter of Steven’s cinematic history,” said Netflix co-boss Ted Sarandos. The engagement of the three-time Oscar winner (“Schindler’s List”) is a coup for the largest streaming service in the world, which is coming under increasing pressure from competitors such as Disney + and HBO Max.
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Netflix already works with Hollywood greats like Martin Scorsese (“The Irishman”), Spike Lee (“Da 5 Bloods”) and David Fincher (“Mank”). Last September, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan also signed a deal with Netflix. The couple want to produce films and series for Netflix. The production company of the former US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle also cooperates with the streaming giant.
What is particularly interesting about Spielberg’s commitment is that he is actually one of the biggest critics of streaming providers. After the drama “Roma” won three Oscars in 2019, a debate arose over the participation of films that are not shown in theaters. At the time, Spielberg spoke out in favor of excluding these films from the well-known price. However, critics were unsuccessful with their approach, and the Hollywood director seems to have reconsidered his position in the meantime.