Apple Wins Cuarón, But Hindsight Is the Streaming Wars’ Most Valuable Weapon

Published on Oct 12, 2019

Apple Wins Cuarón, But Hindsight Is the Streaming Wars’ Most Valuable Weapon

Another day, another auteur picks his or her side in the streaming wars. This week it was Alfonso Cuarón, the Netflix golden boy who switched allegiances after “Roma” and signed an exclusive TV deal with Apple. It was for a lot of money, and he joins a growing list of big streaming deals that include J.J. Abrams at Warner Media, Phoebe Waller-Bridge at Amazon, Ryan Murphy and Shonda Rhimes at Netflix, and…

Sorry, just couldn’t type that paragraph one more time. Filmmakers who strike big deals with deep-pocketed disrupters that are dead set on scooping the best talent out from under each other — it’s become so familiar that it threatens to become a trope. And with less than a month before the launches of Apple TV+ and Disney+, stoking the fires around all this empire building starts to obscure something more important.

For streamers, the checks they cut

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Author: Dana Harris-Bridson