The great Steven Spielberg is terribly, terribly wrong and misguided here.
I’m a huge fan of Spielberg, but the statement he made to ITV News has to be one of the most elitist ones I’ve heard from a successful filmmaker:
“Fewer and fewer filmmakers are going to struggle to raise money, or to compete at Sundance and possibly get one of the specialty labels to release their films theatrically,” he continued. “And more of them are going to let the SVOD [Streaming Video On-Demand] businesses finance their films, maybe with the promise of a slight, one-week theatrical window to qualify for awards But, in fact, once you commit to a television format, you’re a TV movie.”
The Academy seems to be struggling with a mundane conflict here. Let me break it down for them:
A movie – 1 to 4 hours to flesh out plot and characters sequentially and seamlessly.
A show – 4+ hours serialized episodically where plot and characters grow and change incrementally per episode.