Netflix strikes streaming deal with Weinstein
The Weinstein Company and Netflix today announced a new multi-year licensing agreement that will make foreign language, documentary, and certain other movies from the Weinstein Co. exclusively available for Netflix members in the U.S. to watch instantly, according to a press release.
Included on the list of films are: The Artist, a Best Picture nominee and the most-nominated film at this year’s Academy Awards, which will make its pay TV debut on Netflix rather than traditional premium cable; Undefeated, an Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Feature which follows players on an inner-city high school football team in Tennessee; Sarah’s Key, a French WWII drama starring Kristin Scott Thomas; The Intouchables, a recent French box office record-breaker; W.E., directed by Madonna and winner of the Golden Globe for Best Original Song/Motion Picture; Shakespeare adaptation Coriolanus, directed by and starring Ralph Fiennes; and Bully, a timely documentary about bullying in America’s schools.
“We couldn’t be happier to be working again with Harvey and Bob, who have an unmatched track record of creating critically acclaimed and commercially successful movies,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. “The Artist is a symbol of the Weinsteins’ triumphant return to the top of the film business. Through deep passion, great taste and phenomenal vision, Harvey and Bob continue to surprise audiences and make history.”
“It is a fantastic coup for Netflix to acquire The Artist and the package of additional titles,” said TWC Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein, “With this deal, a company that loves movies, Netflix, joins forces with a company that is built on that same love. It’s exciting that we can offer consumers a supremely convenient way to see the kinds of movies that made us want to be in this business in the first place.”