Netflix Becomes First Streaming Service to Join the MPAA
Netflix has joined the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), becoming the first streaming service to do so. The MPAA is a trade association that lobbies and advocates on the behalf of movie studios.
“On behalf of the MPAA and its member companies, I am delighted to welcome Netflix as a partner,” MPAA Chairman and CEO Charles Rivkin said in a statement. “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.”
“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,” added Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer.
Netflix recently debuted ‘Roma,’ ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ and ‘Bird Box’ in select theaters before making them available to stream on the platform. Furthermore, the streaming service is continuing to spend billions of dollars year-over-year on producing films and other original content.
Netflix also took another huge step forward in the film industry Tuesday when it received its first best picture Academy Award nomination for Alfonso Cuaron’s ‘Roma.’