Netflix may have looked at its library of “original” movies and is rethinking its approach to cinema. With hundreds of films under its belt, Netflix is finally pulling back on the number of movies it slaps its name on yearly.
A story from Bloomberg points out that Netflix is restructuring its film division, merging two to focus on making fewer but better movies. This move, however, does not come without some layoffs.
Lisa Nishimura, Netflix’s Vice President, Original Feature Film & Documentary, is leaving the streaming giant. Following her is another VP, Ian Bricke, from the same side of the business. According to Bloomberg, Mr. Brickle was responsible for The Kissing Booth. So, there is some cosmic justice out there.
The move appears to allow for tighter control over what is being made. However, based on the article, the film division may have acted with little oversight, leading to the flood of less-than-watchable movies clogging the already crowded menu.
Although it may be inaccurate, IMDB shows 510 titles on a user-created list of Netflix original movies. Netflix began creating original films in 2015, with one of those being the painfully unfunny Adam Sandler project The Ridiculous 6.
2023’s slate of Netflix Originals is so long that I couldn’t post it here. There are over 30 movies that are still to be released this year, and that doesn’t include what’s premiered from January to March.
Not all of the movies on the list were directly made by Netflix. Instead, the company acts as a distributor for several films. However, they’re still considered Netflix Originals since those titles are only available on the streaming platform. There’s also a massive slate of movies that are yet to be given a release date.
Could this restructuring mean the upcoming releases may be scratched? When, exactly, will we see the schedule altered? It’s not clear.[Source: Bloomberg] [Source: IMDB]
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