Tribeca Festival Moves In on Netflix Turf With Online Service

  • Lions Gate-backed streaming service targets movie buffs
  • Films will be chosen by actors, directors and producers

The operators of the Tribeca Film Festival introduced a paid online video service with Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., offering a industry-curated selection of movies for film buffs.

The Tribeca Short List, making its debut on Thursday, will cost $5.99 a month for access to a library of almost 150 movies chosen by industry executives, according to Tribeca Enterprises and Lions Gate, the Santa Monica, California-based film studio. They’re offering an introductory rate of $4.99.

The popularity of Netflix Inc. has spurred a number of media and technology companies to start subscription video-on-demand services. Tribeca plans a couple of twists. It will focus on movies, and the library will be hand-picked by actors, directors and producers. A third of the films will rotate out each month to keep the selection fresh.

“People are overwhelmed with a cacophony of choice,” said Jeff Bronikowski, president of Tribeca Short List. Most streaming services are difficult to navigate and have too many options, he said.

The service includes themed selections chosen by director Morgan Spurlock and producer Jason Blum, among others. Video commentary will accompany some of the films.

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