1. “What Does Netflix Have to Gain from Making Adam Sandler Movies?” Is this another example of the company smartly shaking up the old media order? Or, by expanding beyond TV series, is Netflix messing with a model that’s so far worked spectacularly? Vulture’s Josef Adalian looks at some oft he questions raised by the Sandler deal.
“Another distinction from HBO: Netflix is calling the Sandler movies ’feature films’ rather than ’made-for-TV’ or ’made-for-Netflix’ movies. In part, that’s because the movies will have feature-level budgets and because there’s at least a chance they could end up in theaters, too (either in the U.S., or more likely, overseas.) But using that phrase plays into another Netlix strategy, which is to always appear innovative and groundbreaking and thus cool. If you’re going to be the next HBO, you better be cool. (That said, we’re still dubious about calling these movies features, if only because they’re being targeted for at-home viewers. And that’s not a slam—not in an age in which Steven Soderbergh makes ’TV movies’ starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon.)”