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Andy Harries: power of streamers indicates “worrying trend”

"If we all end up working for the Americans, I think it would be very sad"

Left Bank Pictures CEO Andy Harries has added his voice to concerns over the increasing power of streaming companies.

Speaking at the London Film Festival, the head of The Crown‘s production outfit said: “[The] worrying trend that alarms all of us is the increasing desire for streamers to not only own their own shows but actually to initiate the IP in bringing ideas to production companies.

“That doesn’t work for us terribly well, because obviously we get a lot less money. We become producers for hire, producers on the lot – I don’t think any of us want to do that.”

Harries also warned of American companies snapping up British talent: “I think the creativity of British television has been forged by people like us being able to work relatively independently, pursuing ideas and getting enough money within the production system to back one’s instincts.

“If we all end up working for the Americans, I think it would be very sad. There is a trend that way, but I think these things tend to ebb and flow,” he added.

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