Famed Netflix Skeptic Steven Spielberg signs deal with Netflix.

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Just a few years ago Steven Spielberg was very vocal that films released on Netflix should not qualify for Academy Awards due to their release not being in movie theaters. Well, Spielberg’s Amblin Films is signing a deal with Netflix that sees them, partner, together for multiple films and series. All it took was a few years and a pandemic to change his mind.

While this is not the first collaboration between Amblin and Netflix (The Trial of the Chicago 7), this is a major turning point from having a vocal opposition to the streaming platform. While it is unclear whether Spielberg himself will direct any movies for Netflix, it does give the legendary director a lot of room to make movies that traditional studios may not be able to make anymore.

Sources indicate that the deal will co-exist alongside the one that Spielberg and Amblin have at Universal Pictures. This means that neither will have the first crack at Amblin projects. Essentially, Spielberg will make films for both studios. Both companies have been collaborating for quite some time, though it seems like today’s news will make things more official.

Amblin Partners Chairman Spielberg said in a statement:

“At Amblin, storytelling will forever be at the center of everything we do, and from the minute Ted and I started discussing a partnership, it was abundantly clear that we had an amazing opportunity to tell new stories together and reach audiences in new ways. 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 fulfilling for me personally since we get to embark on it together with Ted, and I can’t wait to get started with him, Scott, and the entire Netflix team,”

Netflix’s Co-CEO and Chief Content Officer said of Spielberg:

 “a creative visionary and leader. Like so many others around the world, my growing up was shaped by his memorable characters and stories have been enduring, inspiring, and awakening. We cannot wait to get to work with the Amblin team and we are honored and thrilled to be part of this chapter of Steven’s cinematic history.”

Amblin Partners CEO Jeff Small said:

“By deepening our ties with Netflix via this new film partnership, we are building on what has for many years been an incredibly successful working relationship in both television and film. The global platform they’ve built — with more than 200 million members — speaks for itself, and we’re extremely grateful to have the opportunity to work closely with Scott and his amazing team to deliver Amblin’s iconic brand of storytelling to the Netflix audience,”

Netflix Head of Global Film Scott Stuber said:

 “Amblin and Steven Spielberg are synonymous with incredible entertainment. Their passion and artistry combine to make films that both captivate and challenge audiences. We look forward to working with Steven, Jeff, and the entire Amblin family on a new slate of films that will delight generations for years to come.”

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