Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Netflix is complicating Hollywood business models, indeed
Brooks Barnes reports in the NYTimes on how Netflix has gone to Hollywood’s “heart” by releasing films, now sometimes online and in limited theatrical runs at the same time, or very shortly thereafter, as with “Roma”.
Netflix (and to some extent the free offerings on Amazon Prime) tend to be topical – lot’s of documentaries or true story dramas on important subjects that are not that popular with family theater audiences.
Netflix also has a lot of variations on science fiction and dystopian drama themes.
Netflix is also getting into legal battles with established studios over retaining talent (Hollywood)
Back in April, Alex Shepard has asked on “New Republic”, “Can Netflix take over Hollywood?” and noted that Netflix’s culture is at odds with festivals and awards even though it encourages independent filmmaking in its own way.