My teenage-dom played out while what we know as 'Spielberg classics' flickered in the background. Jaws, Schindler's List, E.T, The Colour Purple, these are the titles redolent of not only a young boy befriending an alien or an island terrorized by a brutish shark. But nights spent in bed snuggling with my older sister or Sunday afternoons in front of the tv with my family.
And if I wasn't watching these films, I was watching characters on my screen watch them vis-a-vis Joey and Dawson in Dawson's Creek. So it's safe to say the cult of Spielberg permeates far and wide. But in 2019, one arena it looked like we'd never find the director working was among the streaming giants. Especially after he publicly expressed unease over the success of Roma at the 2019 Oscars and the competition between streaming and theatrical film releases.
But as we readjust to the pandemic, the old guard are beginning to embrace the new streaming giants as we reimagine cinema for a post-covid world. And so, Spielberg's production company Amblin are joining forces with Netflix. Yes, you read that right. The two unlikely powerhouses are pairing up in what will mean a tide of films produced by Amblin each year, exclusively for Netflix. This deal will mirror a similar one Amblin have at Universal Pictures, while still producing films of their own.
In a statement on Monday Spielberg said: "At Amblin, storytelling will forever be at the center of everything we do, and from the minute Ted and I started discussing a partnership, it was abundantly clear that we had an amazing opportunity to tell new stories together and reach audiences in new ways."
As a consumer this is extremely exciting. Mostly because it's a guarantee that we can expect some unmissable films from the comfort of our own home very soon.