Posts Tagged ‘netflix’

Nobody Wants to Marry Harry

May 28, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

It's not like you could have made a second season of gag reality show I Wanna Marry Harry, anyway, but Fox execs who might have been considering the option aren't going to get the chance with these ratings. The show dipped a painful 48 percent in its second frame (partly due to the loss of lead-in American Idol, which also isn't exactly setting the world on fire , and also probably because the show has been a hate magnet ) after a none-too-spectacular first outing last week. The show is about a guy who pretends to be Prince Harry in order to trick some not-terribly-bright girls into dating him.

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We Play Matchmaker for Merger Candidates AMC, Scripps and IPG

May 27, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Who's next? The recent spree of mergers and acquisitions doesn't appear to be at an end, at least not to the market-watchers at Barron's, who listed Mad Men and Walking Dead network group AMC as a ripe target for investors looking to get into the television game, along with Scripps Networks Interactive, the conglomerate behind the Food Network, HGTV and the Cooking channel. Also a potential bargain: Interpublic Group (IPG). One of the reasons each of these companies looks like a strong candidate for acquisition is its ratio of enterprise value—the amount of capital it would take to purchase the company—to earnings. Buy low, sell high. So who might be interested in each of these organizations? AMC : The network group has gone from strength to strength over the last few years with hits like Mad Men, The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad bringing in revenue not merely from subscribers and advertisers, but from third-party streaming service Netflix, which pays for season-old content of the flagship network's signature serialized dramas. That, in turn, drives live viewership. Morgan Stanley has been cautious about the company, emphasizing the inherent risk in buying a bunch of new shows (which Netflix has indeed done), but its long-term prospects, Morgan Stanley says, are good. Our pick for a nice boyfriend : Netflix, definitely. With a staggering market cap , It's a company with plenty of capital looking for a more stable revenue stream as competition heats up around its core businesses. It's not actually that much bigger than Netflix in revenue terms ($4.37 billion last year vs. $1.59 billion), but its main concern at the moment is off-the-books commitments that could be mitigated by the acquisition of a high-profile content company.

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‘Good Wife,’ ‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Among Top TCA Award Nominees

May 27, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“The Good Wife,” “Breaking Bad” and “Game of Thrones” are among the series landing multiple nominations in this year’s Television Critics Assn. Awards derby. HBO’s “True Detective” and Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black” join that trio in the org’s program of the year category, which didn’t leave room for any half-hour comedies. CBS’ “Good... Read more

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Drew Goddard Exits Marvel’s ‘Daredevil’ TV Series

May 24, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Less than 24 hours after news broke that director Edgar Wright has left Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man” over creative differences, Drew Goddard has stepped down as showrunner of Marvel’s new Netflix series “Daredevil.” Goddard has handed the job over to fellow “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” writer Steven S. DeKnight. In addition to serving as series showrunner... Read more

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Why AMC Wants You to Watch the Whole First Episode of Halt & Catch Fire Early on Tumblr

May 20, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

If AMC's corporate strategy has embraced a single ethos over the last few years, it's that more people watching is better, period. So it's probably not a surprise that the network elected to release the premiere episode of its new drama Halt & Catch Fire, a period show about the competitive 1980's personal computing scene, on Tumblr

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Turner Upfront Slate Tries for Younger Viewers, Even Male/Female Split

May 14, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Without Steve Koonin at the helm for the first time in years, Turner is giving the floor to head of programming Michael Wright this morning. The networks are shifting focus, representatives for the network group said in prepared statements, in pursuit of younger audiences and a more balanced male-female demo skew. (At the moment Turner's flagship networks, TNT and TBS, skew female). Also front and center during the presentation now that former ad sales chief David Levy runs the whole shooting match: Donna Speciale, president of Turner Broadcasting ad sales. "The integration of television, online and mobile content is accelerating, and with that, we are all moving quickly to evolve our advertising strategies," Speciale said in the release. It's an acknowledgement that many in the cable world are making, while broadcast tends to push back ("Programmatic buying is the gluten of advertising," Jimmy Kimmel told the ABC upfront audience. "Everyone is talking about it but nobody knows what it is.") Wright has been at the company more than a dozen years, but it's only now that he's getting to make his mark. It's an interesting one, too: remember TNT's Frank Darabont-helmed Mob City last year? The noir theme seems to be one that Wright and company like, because right at the top of the docket is Public Morals, a new scripted series set in the 1960s from writer, director, producer and star Ed Burns. If that's the network's offering for men, Proof seems to be its offering for women: Jennifer Beals, Matthew Modine and Joe Morton (late of well-liked Syfy dramedy Eureka) star in a show about a surgeon (Beals) and a terminally ill billionaire (Modine) who team up to figure out if there's an afterlife. In development, the network has projects from Vince Vaughn, Donnie Wahlberg—who seems to be everywhere these days—and The Blacklist's Joe Carnahan, among others. On TBS, the new offerings that are pretty clearly male/female include Angie Tribeca, from Parks and Rec/The Office star and writer Rashida Jones, an Airplane!-esque spoof of the police procedurals that still dominate much of basic cable. For the ladies, there's Buzzy's, an ensemble workplace comedy about a barbershop, produced by Will & Grace creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, which will star Ashley Tisdale. The other Turner news this week has to do with dynamic advertising: the cable group has struck a deal with Comcast for complete current and previous seasons of long-running shows on the networks—"stacking rights," as players in that market have been calling it

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Netflix Remains King of Bandwidth Usage, While YouTube Declines

May 14, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Netflix, already the biggest single driver of Internet bandwidth, boosted its share of peak broadband traffic on North American broadband networks in March 2014, according to a new report. The No. 1 subscription VOD service accounted for 34.2% of all downstream usage during primetime hours, up from 31.6% in the second half of 2013, according... Read more

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AT&T in Talks to Acquire DirecTV

May 12, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

DirecTV and AT&T are in talks to merge, with AT&T taking a stake in the smaller company in a deal composed of both cash and shares, according to multiple reports. Stock at both companies took a serious jump on the news; it's the most recent example of consolidation in the cable and telco industries and it's unlikely to be the last, especially if everything goes smoothly between Comcast and Time Warner Cable and the regulating bodies who have to sign off on that merger transaction. Indeed, things got a little simpler in the latter transaction today, as the TWC's divestiture of several cable systems—to competitor Charter, which is a condition of the merger—was combined with the docket to merge the two larger companies. Both DirecTV and AT&T declined to comment this evening, but reports, most prominently at The Wall Street Journal , say the deal could close within the next two weeks. AT&T would pay $50 billion in cash and stock for a majority stake in DirecTV. It's a proposition that would give AT&T a much larger stake in the cable industry, but its long-term implications are far-reaching and interesting: With a satellite cable provider as part of its suite of services, an Internet and telephone service provider like AT&T would have a major reason to start backing traditional TV against Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and the other streaming video services that make AT&T's service valuable but erode the marketability of a service like DirecTV. (It's true the the company has its U-Verse cable outfit, but that's available in fewer than 5 million homes across 22 states). If AT&T and DirecTV file with the regulators before Comcast, Time Warner and Charter complete the complicated docket that will be needed to finish that deal, it's possible that the agencies involved will want to look at both deals simultaneously, gumming up the works for all parties involved. It's also worth noting that AT&T's bid to take over T-Mobile was stifled by regulators in 2011. Mind you, though the specific parties are unexpected, consolidation in the cable industry is not. The U.S. pay-TV market has matured enough that its low end is occupied not by basic cable packages, but by streaming services including Netflix and the others listed above—and anyone offering traditional cable and satellite service is competing mostly for customers belonging to his competition. So rather than build out AT&T's fledgling U-Verse network or enter a bidding war for another geographically limited part of the market like TWC or Cox, AT&T is going for a satellite partner that will allow it to market over a much broader region. And it strengthens DirecTV's position as the rest of the industry huddles together.

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Can’t Figure Out What to Watch? Take a Spin With Netflix Roulette

May 1, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Once you're done binging on Orange Is the New Black and Scandal, browsing Netflix can start to feel like rummaging through the discount DVD bin at Target. But now there's an easier way to cut through the clutter. If you feel like you've already seen all the good stuff (and all of the slightly above mediocre stuff), you might want to try Netflix Roulette . Developer Andrew Sampson created the API-driven website to help you find new movies and shows based on your own criteria. You can filter by genre, rating, director, actor or keyword, then just hit "spin." The app displays a show or a movie for you to watch, and if you don't like it, you can spin again. Sampson's reportedly been contacted by a recruiter at Netflix, and he's been featured by news outlets including The Huffington Post and Time , so maybe this side project will turn into something quite a bit bigger. Don't listen to Wesley Snipes. Always bet on red!

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Chelsea Handler in Talks with Netflix for Show

April 28, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Latenight comedienne Chelsea Handler may be leaving her perch on cable TV to bring a show to Netflix. Handler has reached a deal with the subscription-video service, with the format yet to be determined, the New York Post reported. A source familiar with the talks corroborated the Post story, and said that Handler’s pact with Netflix is... Read more

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