In 2022, Netflix will release over 120 seasons of television. Churning out half-baked shows for niche audiences seems to be yielding diminishing financial returns — but the model’s corrosive effect on film and television may be impossible to reverse.
Jake Ures is a cinematographer who lives in Los Angeles.
In the golden age of New Hollywood, creators were given huge sums to take big risks, and it paid off. But movies have come under the control of hedge funds that specialize in risk management. The result: boring, predictable cinema.