Netflix and FilmDistrict Announce First Run Streaming Agreement

Now here’s an interesting announcement. When it seems all the studios are keeping Netflix at arm’s length, this FilmDistrict studio is bringing them right in, actually bypassing traditional methods and going with Netflix after theater releases for streaming. Not the greatest movies I’ve heard of, but it’s a start.

Under the deal, major motion pictures that traditionally would have been licensed to premium cable channels will flow instead from FilmDistrict to Netflix for streaming to its members, beginning in 2011.

Among the first films to be covered under the deal are “Drive,” director Nicolas Winding Refn’s adaptation of the James Sallis’ crime tale starring the Academy Award®-nominated duo Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan, and the sci-fi action adventure film “Lockout,” starring Guy Pearce and Maggie Grace, produced and co-written by Luc Besson, and co-directed by James Mather and Stephen St. Leger.

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