January 20, 2017

Netflix, Miramax enter exclusive streaming deal


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Beginning next month, Netflix subscribers will have instant access to a cache of films with Oscar pedigrees.

This morning, the movie-streaming company announced a multi-year agreement with Miramax that provides it access to the studio’s film library. According to a release, this is the first time Miramax titles have become available through a digital subscription service.

That means such award-worthy films as “The English Patient,” “Shakespeare in Love,” the films of Kevin Smith, “Good Will Hunting,” a handful of Quentin Tarantino films (like “Pulp Fiction” and “Kill Bill” volumes one and two), and “Spy Kids.”

“Netflix is thrilled to enter into this deal with the new team at Miramax,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. “Existing relationships with management and a shared affinity for these great films make this an important deal for both companies and for our members, who will enjoy instantly watching movies from one of the truly great film libraries for many years to come.”

“From day one, we’ve been very clear about the importance of digital and our desire to respond to the significant pent-up demand for our films — delivering to consumers whenever and wherever they want,” said Mike Lang, CEO of Miramax. “This agreement is an important first step in our digital strategy. Netflix has always been a trailblazer, with a tremendous track record of innovation and quality customer service. We’re thrilled to now be in business with them as we build and revitalize the proud Miramax brand.”

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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