The Motion Picture Association of America is a powerful lobbying group in Hollywood and now Netflix is a part of it. The company has the distinction of being the first streaming service to join the MPAA as a member. It’s a watershed moment as this is the first time that a non-studio has been inducted as a member to this 97-year-old trade association.


Six of the biggest Hollywood studios are a part of this trade association and all six, Disney, Fox, Paramount, Sony, Universal and Warner Bros., have endorsed Netflix’s bid for membership.

“Adding Netflix will allow us to even more effectively advocate for the global community of creative storytellers, and I look forward to seeing what we can all achieve together,” said MPAA chairman and CEO Charles Rivkin.

It has been a good week for Netflix as far as recognition by the industry goes. The streaming service has received its first Oscar nomination for best picture while it picked up a total of 15 nominations for the upcoming Academy Awards.

Netflix is obviously not the only streaming service with ambitions. The Hollywood Reporter suggests that the MPAA is looking to induct additional members and it’s expected that Amazon might be in the running as well.

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