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EntertainmentSteven Spielberg, Netflix's Ted Sarandos Meet Amid Oscars Debate

09:35  15 march  2019
09:35  15 march  2019 Source:   hollywoodreporter.com

Steven Spielberg Takes Veiled Shot at Streamers, Urges Filmmakers to Make Movies for Theaters

Steven Spielberg Takes Veiled Shot at Streamers, Urges Filmmakers to Make Movies for Theaters Steven Spielberg is continuing his quest to push filmmakers to make movies for theaters and not just for television. “I hope all of us really continue to believe that the greatest contributions we can make as filmmakers is to give audiences the motion picture theatrical experience,” the directing legend said on Saturday night while accepting the Filmmaker Award at the Cinema Audio Society’s CAS Awards at the InterContinental Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. “I’m a firm believer that movie theaters need to be around forever." While he didn’t mention any one streaming service or network by name, Spielberg said, “I love television.

Since Netflix began distributing movies, the industry has been rife with contention about whether Evidently, director Steven Spielberg is firmly of the mind that they do not. “Once you commit to a He later apologized to chief content officer Ted Sarandos , however, calling his remarks “undiplomatic.”

Steven Spielberg vs. Netflix : How Oscars Voters Are Reacting. Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos has been dismissive of the theater business in the past and the “Dear @TheAcademy, This is a Board of Governors meeting . And regular branch members can’t be there,” she wrote.

Steven Spielberg, Netflix's Ted Sarandos Meet Amid Oscars Debate

Have director Steven Spielberg and Netflix’s Ted Sarandos reached a détente?

The two have been on opposite sides of the current debate about whether movies that appear on streaming services like Netflix deserve a spot in the Oscar competition.

But earlier this week, the two were seen dining together at the San Vincente Bungalows, the new private club in West Hollywood, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter — a sign that the two industry heavyweights might be looking to achieve some common ground.

Spielberg, a member of the Motion Picture Academy’s board of governors, has been a leading voice in arguing that Oscars should be reserved for films that get their first major exposure in movie theaters. Speaking a year ago to ITV News, he said, "Once you commit to a television format, you're a TV movie. You certainly, if it's a good show, deserve an Emmy, but not an Oscar. I don't believe films that are just given token qualifications in a couple of theaters for less than a week should qualify for the Academy Award nomination."

No More Gary From Chicago: This Year's Oscars Won't Feature 'Everyday People'

No More Gary From Chicago: This Year's Oscars Won't Feature 'Everyday People' The Academy has tried — and mostly failed — in its attempts to cut down the runtime of the Oscars, but they did manage to find one way to shorten the lengthy ceremony: Get rid of the everyday folk. In an interview with the New York Times, lead producer Donna Gigliotti said next Sunday's show won't feature non-famous people getting to bump elbows with Hollywood starlets, something Jimmy Kimmel had popularized during his two-year hosting stint. "I love everyday people," Gigliotti said. "I ride the subway with them every day in New York. Everyday people don't get me ratings.

News that Steven Spielberg will promote a rule change at the next Academy meeting prompted Industry Debates Theatrical Distribution vs. Netflix Amid Academy Rule Change Speculation. The netflix debate . I have no animus against Netflix . Ted Sarandos is as smart about film as any

Theodore Anthony Sarandos Jr. (born July 30, 1964) is an American businessman who is currently the chief content officer for Netflix . Sarandos oversees Netflix ' s annual budget of over billion. Under his leadership, the company received 54 Primetime Emmy Awards nominations in 2016.

Appearing at February's Cinema Audio Society Awards, Spielberg further commented, "The greatest contribution we can make as filmmakers is to give audiences the motion picture theatrical experience. I'm a firm believer that movie theaters need to be around forever."

Reports even began circulating that the filmmaker was planning to ask the board of governors at its April meeting to vote for a new rule that would require an Oscar-qualifying movie play a four-week exclusive engagement in theaters — currently a film only has to play in one theater in Los Angeles for one week and it can simultaneously debut on services like Netflix. However, speaking last Friday at SXSW, Spielberg's friend Jeffrey Katzenberg said that Spielberg “has not opined at all" on the subject of a rule change and had no plans to advocate for it within the board.

Spielberg to Voice Concerns Over Netflix Oscar Competition at Academy Meeting

Spielberg to Voice Concerns Over Netflix Oscar Competition at Academy Meeting Steven Spielberg, who has been a familiar voice in the outcry against Netflix films receiving equal treatment at the Oscars as theatrical releases, will speak about the issue at the next Academy meeting. Spielberg, as the Academy Governor of the directors branch, will be supporting changes to the awards rules at the annual post-Oscars meeting. “Steven feels strongly about the difference between the streaming and theatrical situation,” an Amblin spokesperson told Indiewire. “He’ll be happy if the others will join [his campaign] when that comes up [at the Academy Board of Governors meeting]. He will see what happens.

Netflix Responds to Steven Spielberg ' s Push to Bar It From Oscars . Industry Debates Theatrical Distribution vs. Netflix Amid Academy Rule Change Speculation. Spielberg to Voice Concerns Over Netflix Oscar Competition at Academy Meeting .

Steven Spielberg thinks Netflix movies should compete for Emmys, not Oscars : “Once you commit to a television format, you’re a TV movie,” he told Last Thursday, an Amblin spokesperson confirmed that Academy governor Spielberg will bring up at the next Board of Governors rules meeting in April

While Spielberg hasn’t specifically mentioned Netflix by name, under Sarandos, the streaming giant has been aggressive courting Oscars over the past few years — and this year had its best showing ever when Roma took home three Oscars, including best director for Alfonso Cuaron. Although originally Sarandos said Netflix would stick to a day-and-date formula, giving some of its films brief theatrical runs beginning the same day they were made available to its subscribers, Netflix released Roma in a limited number of theaters for a three-week run before the film appeared on the service, showing that it was willing to alter its business model in a few cases in order to pursue Oscar gold.

Reps for both Spielberg and Sarandos declined comment.

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