Magazine article Screen International

UTA Agent David Flynn: 'We Can All Benefit from Netflix'

Magazine article Screen International

UTA Agent David Flynn: 'We Can All Benefit from Netflix'

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Canne panel debate rise of digital giants at UK Film Centre.

UTA agent David Flynn, whose clients include Michael Winterbottom, Laszlo Nemes and Rupert Wyatt, has claimed that everyone in the film business should be looking to benefit from the rise of digital giants Netflix and Amazon.

Speaking in Cannes during a panel at the UK Film Centre - Star Power: How to develop film projects to attract world-class talent - Flynn took the opportunity to weigh in on the subject matter that has dominated this year's festival since day one.

"We can all benefit from it [the rise of Netflix and Amazon]. It's not just agents - it's producers, crews, everyone involved," Flynn said.

"The Netflix model is an extraordinary business [which is] driven to increase its subscriber base. Amazon is one of the biggest companies in the world, and it now makes content.

"It's forcing the studios to reassess how they do business. Whenever you have disruptors in the game, ultimately that's a good thing," he continued.

However, he also emphasised that the deep-pocketed streaming services weren't the only viable prospects for filmmakers.

"Remember there are other options," he said, pointing to fellow panellist, The Ink Factory's Rhodri Thomas, and his experience with The Night Manager, which was made with US broadcaster AMC and the UK's BBC.

"Not everything needs to go to Netflix. Particularly on the TV side, the ownership model can be extensive and vast.

"There are still incredible companies out there who are doing scripted content in a significant way. There are going to be real alternatives in the marketplace to the two companies we hear about all the time [Netflix and Amazon]," he concluded. …

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