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Tuesday 02 March 2021

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Netflix dominated the 2021 Golden Globes with six wins, triple its closest competition. The Crown won in all four of its nominated categories while The Queen’s Gambit received two awards. Importantly, both series were equally well supported by viewers, with over 16 billion minutes of streaming for the Crown in 2020 and more than 62 million accounts streaming the Queen’s Gambit in its first month.

The accolades come as no surprise. While other studios and networks struggled to produce and release content in 2020 Netflix had new releases every week. This indicates its superior ability to quickly adapt to market conditions and customer demand. 

Netflix revolutionised the industry in 2013 when it debuted House of Cards, which went on to become the first online-only program to be nominated for, let alone win, an Emmy award. Since then, the company has received more than 480 nominations and 204 awards.

It has leveraged its global scale to double down on content spend, producing more original content and building a larger and better content library, which ultimately helps it acquire more users and great acclaim. Netflix’s ability to achieve quality at scale is unrivalled by traditional industry players especially as consumers increasingly shift towards streaming services offering diversity, flexibility and personalisation.   

One exception is Disney, renowned for its quality content in both film and TV. The company’s assets continue to generate healthy returns for shareholders through its leading studios including Walt Disney Pictures, Searchlight Pictures, 21st Century Fox, Blue Sky, Marvel, Lucasfilm and Pixar Studios. These studios and their significant production budgets also attract their own ecosystem of the world’s best talent and this is reflected in the company’s consistent dominance in global award ceremonies.

The 2021 Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Director were awarded to Nomadland, released by Searchlight Pictures in theatres and streamed on Hulu, both Disney assets. Searchlight Pictures alone has amassed 26 Golden Globe Awards, 47 BAFTA awards and 40 Academy Awards, winning the Best Picture Oscar five times in the last 12 years, an enviable track record for a single studio.

These assets offer attractive incentives for viewers to subscribe.

About the Author
Sally Fang

Sally Fang

Senior Investment Analyst

Sally joined the investment team in January 2020. She is responsible for allocated Portfolio investments as well as analysis of companies being considered for inclusion, and guides ESG research. While completing her studies Sally gained valuable financial analysis experience working in intern positions in the UK, China and Australia.

Sally earned the right to use the CFA designation granted by the CFA Institute in 2022 and has successfully completed the CFA Institute Certificate in ESG Investing. She holds a Bachelor of Economics and Finance from the University of Hong Kong and a Masters in Investment and Wealth Management (Distinction) from Imperial College Business School, London, where she was director of strategic communications for the Imperial College Student Investment Fund.