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The Weinstein Company Will Stream Films on Netflix Instead of Cable

To help Netflix compete with pay cable movie channels, The Weinstein Company has made a deal to make some of the studio’s foreign language, documentary and other movies exclusively available to users of the on demand Internet streaming media, Slashfilm is reporting. As a result, such films as ‘The Artist,’ ‘Coriolanus’ and ‘W.E.’ will premiere on the Netflix Watch Instantly service, instead of such movie channels as HBO or Starz.

The deal was reportedly made because The Weinstein Company’s research shows that certain movies will likely perform better with Netflix subscribers, instead of on cable. However, the deal is viewed as a blow to cable company deals.

Other films making their pay TV premiere on Netflix include the Academy Award-nominated documentary ‘Undefeated,’ which was directed by Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin. The French-language World War II drama ‘Sarah’s Key,’ the French box-office record-breaker ‘The Intouchables’ and the documentary ‘Bully’ will also debut on Netflix.

Terms of the deal between The Weinstein Company and Netflix, the world’s largest movies and television subscription service, weren’t revealed. However, Netflix’s Chief Content Officer, Ted Sarandos, said “we couldn’t be happier to be working again with (Harvey and Bob Weinstein), who have an unmatched track record of creating critically acclaimed and commercially successful movies.”

Written by: Karen Benardello

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As a life-long fan of entertainment, particularly films, television and music, and an endless passion for writing, Karen Benardello decided to combine the two for a career. She graduated from New York's LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic. While still attending college, Karen began writing for Shockya during the summer of 2007, when she began writing horror movie reviews. Since she began writing for Shockya, Karen has been promoted to the position of Senior Movies & Television Editor. Some of her duties in the position include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, producing posts on celebrity news and contributing reviews on albums and concerts. Some of her highlights include attending such festivals and conventions as the Tribeca Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, SXSW, Toronto After Dark, the Boston Film Festival and New York Comic-Con.

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