Working with HBO was an opportunity to experience creative freedom and 'long-form development' that filmmakers didn't have a chance to do before the emergence of shows like The Sopranos.
Subscription Service and the Importance of Risk Taking
Martin Scorcese is not alone in his opinion that HBO offers an "opportunity to experience creative freedom." References to creative freedom and idependence have become hallmarks of HBO's brand identity. Less aknowledged, however, is the business model that supports this freedom. At its core, HBO's capacity to provide "an experience of creative freedom" reflects the autonomy of a subsrciption-based business model that enables independence from external commercial funding.