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Netflix Inks Indie Movie Deal With Duplass Brothers

23 Jan, 2015 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Jay and Mark Duplass

Four movies earmarked for theatrical, streaming launches

Netflix has signed a four-movie output deal with indie producers Mark and Jay Duplass. The unnamed titles, which will receive an undetermined length theatrical window, was revealed at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, according to Deadline.com, which first reported the story after talking to Netflix CCO Ted Sarandos.

The Duplass brothers are creators of HBO comedy series “Togetherness,” in addition to indie films The Puffy Chair, Jeff Who Lives at Home and Cyrus, among others.

Their comedy The Bronze screened Jan. 22 at Sundance.

The Duplass pact differs from Netflix’s recent theatrical deals, including on Aug. 28 when the SVOD service will stream the sequel to 2000 Oscar winner Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon day-and-date with the movie’s theatrical debut on select Imax screens. The strategy will be replicated separately among four co-productions with and starring Adam Sandler.

The day-and-date theatrical/streaming release window has generated the ire of theater operators, who have vowed not to screen any movie simultaneously offered on a SVOD service.

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