Netflix Becomes First Streamer to Join the Motion Picture Association of America

By Christine Zosche 

Netflix has joined the membership ranks of the Motion Picture Association of America, Hollywood’s top lobbying group said Tuesday. (THR)

The trade group’s membership includes the major Hollywood studios, including Disney, Paramount, Sony, Fox, Universal and Warner Bros. Netflix is the first internet streaming service to join. (TechCrunch)

The news comes on the same day that Netflix garnered its first-ever Best Picture nomination, the biggest sign yet that the company is becoming part of the Hollywood mainstream. Roma, directed by Academy Award-winner Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity), is Netflix’s best showing at the Oscars with 10 nominations. (CNBC)

The move will likely surprise many observers as the traditional media and tech industries have a longstanding and politically hostile feud over copyright protections. (Politico)