Magazine article Screen International

Digital Backlash in Berlin as Netflix, Amazon Miss out on Titles

Magazine article Screen International

Digital Backlash in Berlin as Netflix, Amazon Miss out on Titles

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The backlash against deep-pocketed digital players continues apace in Berlin, where both Netflix and Amazon Studios have been rebuffed in their pursuit of coveted titles.

Amazon Studios was one of several buyers in the running for Loving and lost out in the early hours of Saturday to a reported $9m offer for North America and most of the world from the revamped Focus Features.

The interracial marriage drama starring Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga marks JeffNichols' follow-up to his Berlinale competition entry Midnight Special.

On Friday night, Netflix was one of at least six companies in pursuit of Southside With You, the film about the Obamas' first date that ultimately went to Miramax and Roadside Attractions in a $2m North American deal. …

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