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Ben Affleck calls Netflix an “assembly line” when setting goals for a new venture with Matt Damon

In the world of upcoming movies, The lineup of originals and ongoing franchises in the Netflix stable seems to be evolving. Netflix’s 2022 Original Movies slate was pretty aggressive and managed to generate some big hits. That hasn’t stopped creatives like actor/director/producer Ben Affleck from calling the studio/streamer an “assembly line” and discussing how his and Matt Damon’s company will set itself apart from the rest of the market.

During his appearance at the New York Times’ DealBook Summit this week, Ben Affleck (via meeting) seemed to challenge Netflix’s habit of releasing a ton of content each year. Ben Affleck, who is formulating a kind of mission statement for what his new studio Artists Equity will do differently, reflects on the mega-streamer model as follows:

If you ask Reed Hastings… I’m sure there’s some risk in that and I’m sure they had a great strategy, but I would have said, ‘How are we going to make 50 great movies?! How is that possible? There is no committee big enough. There isn’t enough – you just can’t do it. It’s a thing that takes attention and dedication and work and resists the assembly line process. Scott Stuber is a really talented, intelligent guy that I really like… but it’s an impossible job.

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