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Netflix and Weinsteins Strike First Streaming Deal, Including Likely Oscar-Winner 'The Artist'

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood February 21, 2012 at 1:52PM

It won’t be long before likely Oscar-winner “The Artist” will silently grace your instant queue. Yes, Netflix and The Weinstein Company have established a streaming deal.
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"The Artist"
"The Artist"

It won’t be long before likely Oscar-winner “The Artist” will silently grace your instant queue. Yes, Netflix and The Weinstein Company have established a streaming deal.

This is the first such arrangement between Netflix and TWC.  The Hollywood Reporter divulges that as a result of the deal, Netflix will feature such films as “The Artist,” “The Intouchables,” Madonna’s “W.E.,”  Ralph Fiennes' Shakespeare adaptation “Coriolanus,” and Oscar-nominated doc “Undefeated.” As Newsbeast suggests, Harvey Weinstein is on the verge of winning a bunch of golden statues for some of the above pictures.

The timing on this deal is ideal for Netflix, whose partnership with Starz ends in just a week, with Starz taking over 1,000 titles with them.

"This is a big win for Netflix,” insists TechCruch, which broke the story this morning. While the two parties did not announce terms of the deal, this arrangement “adds a fair selection of high-profile releases even if there is a long wait until they’re available. But Netflix needs more similar deals. Netflix streaming is facing tough competition from Amazon and others. Content is king.”

Netflix garnered something special from TWC, Harvey Weinstein told The Wrap: "It is a fantastic coup for Netflix to acquire 'The Artist' and the package of additional titles. With this deal, a company that loves movies, Netflix, joins forces with a company that is built on that same love."

While this is certainly a boon for Netflix, Gizmodo reminds that TWC has wiggle room: “There's certainly room in this deal for the company to hold back its biggest features. That Weinstein will serve up its biggest movie of the year right away bodes well for the movie buffs.”

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.