Posts Tagged ‘netflix’

Watch Netflix’s Trailer for ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Season 2 (VIDEO)

April 17, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Netflix has released the official trailer for the second season of “Orange Is the New Black,” which premieres Friday, June 6, with all 13 episodes available worldwide on the streaming service. Series brings back the inmates of Litchfield women’s prison, starring Taylor Schilling as Piper Chapman, a 30-something woman serving a 15-month sentence after being... Read more

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Here’s What Happens When You Ask Netflix to Go to Prom With You

April 10, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Muthana Sweis, a student at Marist High School in Chicago, took two dates to his junior prom—and one of them was Netflix. In a January tweet, the 17-year-old asked the company if it would accompany him on March 29 if his request got 1,000 retweets. (He probably asked Netflix because everyone knows that Comcast is taking Time Warner this year .) Netflix agreed, raising the question of how exactly a streaming service goes on a date. Hey @netflix if this gets 1,000 retweets will you go to my junior prom with me?— Muthana Sweis (@muthanasweis) January 30, 2014 We said yes! We’re third wheeling to #Prom2014 with @muthanasweis and his date: https://t.co/0AQKYrljxj — Netflix US (@netflix) March 28, 2014 In the end, the site's accompaniment consisted of providing a tuxedo, car and chauffeur based on movies and TV shows it carries. Sweis chose a classy James Bond Skyfall tux and a classic '50s Buick from Grease, along with John Travolta's character as his driver. (Breaking Bad's mobile meth lab was among the vehicle choices. Too bad Sweis didn't pick that one and really get the prom cooking.) Beyond being a fun way for the brand to build buzz by leveraging its connection with fans, the episode reflects how deeply media have become woven into the fabric of our lives. Film content informed key aspects of the evening, there's a nod to Samsung's Oscar selfie, and the whole thing played out on social channels.

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Amazon Unveils Fire TV, Video-Streaming Set-Top for TVs

April 2, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Amazon.com launched an Internet-video streaming TV device – the Fire TV – as the e-retailing giant looks to grab a spot in the living room to promote its own content services and get an edge on rivals including Apple and Netflix. As expected, Fire TV will stream Amazon’s Instant Video and Prime Instant Video, the unlimited movie... Read more

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Netflix and Amazon Accused of ‘Blacklisting’ Fired Content Executive

April 2, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

A former director of content acquisition for Netflix is accusing the streaming service of “blacklisting” him and spreading false claims that he stole company confidential information when he left for a job at rival Amazon. Jerry Kowal’s suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday, also names Reed Hastings and Ted Sarandos, as well... Read more

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Netflix to Add Three Original Series from DreamWorks Animation, Sets Debut for New ‘Turbo FAST’ Episodes

March 13, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

DreamWorks Animation and Netflix announced three new original series, set to debut in late 2014 on the Internet-streaming service: “King Julien,” “Puss in Boots” and “Veggie Tales in the House.” In addition, the companies said a new set of episodes from the first season of “Turbo FAST,” the series based on the movie about racing... Read more

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Netflix Gets First-Run Rights to The CW’s ‘The 100′ in Canada via Warner Bros. Pact

March 12, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Netflix subscribers in Canada will be able to watch The CW’s “The 100″ sci-fi series within one day of its U.S. air, through an exclusive first-run licensing deal with Warner Bros. Intl. TV Distribution. “The 100″ will be available to Netflix customers in the Great White North starting Thursday, March 20, following the U.S. broadcast... Read more

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SXSW: Dana Brunetti Knocks Zach Braff, Spike Lee for Crowdfunding

March 9, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Never one to mince words, Dana Brunetti criticized Zach Braff and Spike Lee for utilizing crowdfunding at SXSW on Sunday. In a Q&A with Randi Zuckerberg, the outspoken “House of Cards” producer singled out the filmmakers because those celebrities “already have access” and are taking “away from the little guys, who actually needs the funding.” Brunetti... Read more

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Review: ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ Lands on Netflix

March 4, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Star Wars” is always better when it leans toward its darker side, and that’s certainly true of the batch of “The Clone Wars” episodes, dubbed “The Lost Missions,” premiering exclusively on Netflix. A huge coup given the importance of fan passion in driving subscription enterprises, these episodes are more adult in tone than many past... Read more

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FX Is the Edgiest and Most Prolific Drama Producer on Ad-Supported TV

March 3, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Not so long ago, the prospect of an established actor accepting a role on a television series was as remote as the moons of Saturn. Backsliding from film to the boob tube was a tacit admission of defeat, one that could only lead to the purgatory that was a seat inside a garishly lit 6-foot-square window, flanked by your newfound friends and peers Dixie Carter and ALF. Billy Bob Thornton remembers it well. “When I was coming up, we all did television initially, and that was OK,” he says, speaking from the Calgary set of Fargo , an adaptation of Joel and Ethan Coen’s 1996 theatrical . “I’d get a bit part on Hunter or Matlock or Evening Shade, but if you were already established and you did TV, it meant the next stop was Hollywood Squares.” While certainly in no danger of fading into the long twilight of syndicated game-show obscurity, Thornton says the changing face of the independent film marketplace has made it increasingly difficult to tell the stories he’d like to pursue as a writer and an actor. “The $20-30 million adult drama, the medium-budget independent film, is a vanishing breed,” Thornton says. “Especially an adult drama with humor, which is my wheelhouse. Television has taken the place of those films. And there’s nothing wrong with that.”

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Production Companies Can Influence TV Networks

February 18, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Good news! Fox’s kicky comedy New Girl is now on Netflix and Hulu . Bad news! If you want to catch up, it’s time to get cable. Like many of its peers, Fox has adopted the “trailing five” model for its big shows on Hulu, notably the Zooey Deschanel vehicle (past seasons of which recently debuted on Netflix). Briefly, that means that if you want to catch up on New Girl from the beginning, you need to subscribe to a cable/satellite/telco TV service in order to watch every episode—otherwise, you can only access the most recent five episodes on a nonauthenticated service (eight for The Simpsons). Neither the networks nor producers wanted to talk on the record about this, but the ideal setup is mostly gleaned from historical data. “The Turner networks, a few months ago, acknowledged that making kids’ content available to Netflix maybe hurt their ratings,” said Brian Wieser, senior research analyst with Pivotal. Yet serialized dramas frequently gain viewership with a large digital presence—Breaking Bad, for example, got a major helping hand from Netflix. But production companies and the networks aren’t always going to agree on terms for digital rights. Serial sci-fi drama Almost Human, for example, is produced by Warner Bros. Television, though it’s broadcast on Fox—WBTV only makes five episodes available at a time. Revolution—another Warner Bros. show—trails five as well. It’s hard to imagine these shows wouldn’t benefit from a greater digital presence, but the value proposition for Hulu is strong, too.

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