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Theme Festival - TV Movies

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Theme Festival - TV Movies

About this Festival

TV movies and MOWs are a flexible solution to fill slots previously planned to carry drama series. This Theme Festival takes a look at the TV movie and independent film catalogues from global suppliers.

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Making movies

03-08-2021

It’s not just the pandemic that is providing a boost to the made-for-TV movie sector – the growth of streaming, the availability of top talent and changing audience demands are also factors, reports Ruth Lawes.

 

At the 2021 Academy Awards, it was not a major Hollywood studio that garnered the most nominations but Netflix. In total, the global streamer was up for a total of 36 Oscars, with its film Mank, starring Gary Oldman as Citizen Kane screenwriter Herman J Mankiewicz, accounting for 10 of these.

 

Netflix eventually took home seven awards, the most wins for a single studio since 2017. It is a dramatic upturn in events, considering the SVoD platform received its first Oscar nomination just eight years ago, when its doc The Square was nominated for Best Documentary Feature.

 

With Netflix now exceeding 200 million subscribers worldwide and enjoying a steady stream of awards and critical acclaim for its films, it’s clear the Hollywood studios no longer monopolise the movie business. Meanwhile, traditional broadcasters continue to commission made-for-TV movies and audiences still tune into long-running TV movie slots on cable networks such as Lifetime and Hallmark. And this trend isn’t only in the US.
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