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Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners Forms Netflix Movie Partnership

Amblin Partners, the global film and television studio led by Steven Spielberg, and Netflix June 21 announced a partnership that will cover multiple new feature films per year.

The partnership is noteworthy considering it was Spielberg who just a few years ago sought to restrict movies’ eligibility for industry awards to those first released theatrically, not via over-the-top. It was a stance many viewed at the time as a slap against Netflix.

Amblin’s recent releases include Oscar Best Picture Winner Green Book, and 1917, which won three Oscars, two Golden Globes and grossed more than $385 million at the worldwide box office. The two companies previously worked together on the Academy Award-nominated The Trial of the Chicago 7, and are currently collaborating on Bradley Cooper’s Leonard Bernstein film Maestro, which is in pre-production.

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“From the minute [Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos] 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,” Spielberg said in a statement.

Amblin also has a production deal with Universal Pictures.

“Steven is a creative visionary and leader and, like so many others around the world, my growing up was shaped by his memorable characters and stories that have been enduring, inspiring and awakening,” Sarandos said in a statement.

Jeff Small, Amblin Partners CEO, said the “deepening ties” with Netflix underscore a new film partnership built upon a long-running 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,” Small said in a statement.

CAA advised Amblin Partners on the deal.

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