Netflix Joins the Motion Picture Association of America

Netflix is on a roll when it comes to entering the film business. They had an impressive morning yesterday when “Roma” scored 10 Oscar nominations including a historic Best Picture nomination. Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the streaming giant is joining forces with the Motion Picture Association of America.

It is the first time a non-Hollywood studio has joined the membership ranks of the MPAA. It has joined alongside Fox, Disney, Warner Bros., Paramount, Sony, and Universal who have all endorsed Netflix’s membership.

MPAA Chairman-CEO Charles Rivkin said this in a statement regarding Netflix’s membership:

 All of our members are committed to pushing the film and television industry forward, in both how we tell stories and how we reach audiences. Adding Netflix will allow us to even more effectively advocate for the global community of creative storytellers, and I look forward to seeing what we can all achieve together.”

Additionally, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos made his own statement:

“Joining the Motion Picture Association further exemplifies our commitment to ensuring the vibrancy of these creative industries and the many talented people who work in them all over the world. We look forward to supporting the association team and their important efforts.”

As it turns out, the industry has taken more of a liking to the streaming giant. Netflix has gone through the tired yet ongoing “streaming vs. theater” debate. Also, international festivals like Cannes have made a strong stance against them. However, moves like joining the MPAA show that Hollywood is warming up to Netflix more.

Sources close to The Hollywood Reporter say that the MPAA may expand their membership and convince Amazon Studios to join as well.

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