Reports that Steven Spielberg intends to support rule changes that could block Netflix from Oscars-eligibility have provoked a heated, and unwieldy, debate online. It has found the legendary filmmaker at odds with some industry heavyweights, who have pointed out that Netflix has been an important supporter of minority filmmakers and stories, especially in awards campaigns, while also reigniting the ongoing streaming versus theatrical debate.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple is betting on acclaimed director and producer Steven Spielberg for its first major foray into creating original video content. Journal subscribers can read the full story here. The deal with the Jaws and Jurassic Park director’s Amblin Television, along with Comcast-owned NBCUniversal’s TV production arm, is to develop new episodes of Amazing Stories, which originally aired between 1985 and 1987 on NBC.