EXCLUSIVE: They had the opening-night documentary at this year’s Sundance Film Festival with What Happened, Miss Simone? and now Netflix has added another unflinching nonfiction feature for their subscribers. Just as things come to an end this weekend in Park City, I’ve learned that Netflix has acquired the documentary Hot Girls Wanted.
Produced by Rashida Jones, the U.S. Documentary Competition pic attempts to pull back the covers on the amateur porn industry and its exploitive practices. It debuted at Sundance on January 24 and will premiere on Netflix domestically and internationally later this year. Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus directed Hot Girls Wanted teaming with the Kinsey Institute for Sex Research. Bauer, Gradus and editor Brittany Huckabee also serve as producers.
“Netflix is the ideal partner for us; not only do they understand this film but they’re the perfect platform to reach the many people who need to see it,” said Jones, a Sundance alum, today. “Netflix shares our passion for sharing a story that no one wants to talk about but that needs to be discussed,” Bauer and Gradus added. “We can’t imagine a more dynamic partner than Netflix.”
Bauer and Gradus’ 2012 documentary debut Sexy Baby, about life in the digital era, is already up on Netflix.
“Jill and Ronna have exposed a shocking world of hope and heartbreak,” says Netflix VP of Global Independent Content Erik Barmack of Hot Girls Wanted. “The filmmakers gained unprecedented access into a world never documented until now, and we are proud to bring their unflinching work to a global audience.”
The deal was negotiated by UTA Independent Film Group and Submarine on behalf of the filmmakers. Evan Krauss of Gray Krauss Stratford Sandler Des Rochers LLP served as the filmmakers’ legal counsel.
The Hot Girls Wanted deal bookends this year’s fest for the award-winning streaming service. While making fewer purchases at Sundance than anticipated this time round, Netflix certainly went for indie royalty, sealing a four-picture deal with Duplass Brothers Productions partners Mark and Jay Duplass. The pact will see each of those films financed by Netflix and have a theatrical window before being available on the streaming service.