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Salt Lake City is a land of miracles. Every year, when winter has a firm icy grip on the remote mountain town, an intrepid group of film buffs, producers and filmmakers gather to trade their wares. Quick meetings at parties and in bathrooms result in some long lasting business relationships and multi-million dollar movie deals. This year is no different, with Deadline reporting the Duplass Brothers have met with Netflix on Friday to discuss a joint venture. Both sides were able to come to an agreement, wherein Netflix will fund four pictures developed by the Duplass Brothers for exclusive distribution rights after a limited theatrical release.
The Duplass Brothers (Jay and Mark) have had a long-standing relationship with Netflix with many of their previous features – Puffy Chair, The Do-Deca-Pentathalon, Jeff Who Lives at Home, and Safety Not Guaranteed – having been available on Netflix’s streaming service. While each have had their own individual successes: Mark with FXX’s The League and 2014 “rom-com” The One I Love, and Jay with Amazon Entertainment’s Transparent; when the Duplass’ come together, they can make some incredible films. With four selections in this year’s Sundance Film Festival, the Duplass’ turn as producers has also been extremely lucrative. Striving to be on the forefront of indie-moviemaking, Netflix is poised to continue making deals with filmmakers for more and more VOD releases. With their release of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend later this year, and a similar four-movie deal with Adam Sandler, Netflix is poised to become a filmmaking giant.