Posts Tagged ‘netflix’

Broadcasters Are Going Movie-Crazy During Pilot Season

March 10, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Pilot season this year boasts five nonclassic movies being refurbished as contenders for primetime placement on broadcast this season (not counting script deals for Big, Marley & Me, The Money Pit and The Illusionist), so we asked the same question you're probably asking: why the rush to pay homage to a collection of cinematic treasures with a mean score on Metacritic of 51 out of 100? We got some interesting answers. "When a company already owns the rights to existing IP, they would almost always rather recreate/rehash that than gamble on original content," explained Jeremy Fox, writer and former head of development at Annapurna Pictures. A TV producer concurs: "The new landscape of Netflix and summer series and direct-to-series orders makes the usual pilot gambles less appetizing. When people would complain about the budgets, I used to say, 'You're supposed to be losing millions of dollars so that you get a hit!' I think there's less profligate spending now." Below, check out some of this season's film-to-TV transitions.

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‘House of Cards’ Season 3 Pirated, With China Top Country for Downloaders

March 1, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“House of Cards” is a global franchise — and the political drama is popular in many countries where Netflix isn’t yet available, prompting a surge in piracy downloads for the just-released season three. Within the first 24 hours after season three hit torrent services, there were 681,889 unique downloaders worldwide, according to piracy-tracking firm Excipio.... Read more

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Pee-wee Herman’s 30-Year Journey From Obscurity, Through Infamy and Onto Netflix

February 24, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Netflix let it be known today that the long-awaited third Pee-wee Herman film, Pee-wee's Big Holiday, would finally make it to the ... well, not the big screen, but a screen. Specifically any screen hooked up to a Netflix subscription. The project has been in the works with producer Judd Apatow for nearly five years, but the original team —Pee-wee portrayer Paul Reubens and Arrested Development writer Paul Rust on script duties, Apatow producing—is now in place at Netflix. It's a show with a rich history, some of it very strange. The movie goes into production next month and, given Netflix's track record, will probably get made at an impresisve level of investment (the first two seasons of House of Cards cost a reported $100 million ) for television and a totally reasonable level for an indie comedy. With Pee-wee on his way back into the national limelight, we thought we'd take a look back at the long, strange trip that brought him to Netflix:

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After a Rocky Few Years, Hasbro’s TV Strategy Is Changing Again

February 23, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

What looks like an entertainment company, spends like an entertainment company and programs like an entertainment company? It's Hasbro, a toymaker. Hasbro makes not just toys but also hugely popular intellectual property, which for decades has been key to its bottom line. But as kids' consumption patterns change radically with the advent of new technologies, the company has struggled to find a balance between its core business and its entertainment properties. Over the last few years, the company has poured billions of dollars into (and received billions of dollars from) big-budget movies and triple-A video games, plus a joint-venture cable network called The Hub (a costly misstep), which since was rebranded and partially sold back to partner Discovery. And now, Hasbro is trying something new. TV product created and licensed by Hasbro is going in a number of different directions this year.

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‘Orange is the New Black': Jason Biggs Not Returning to Season 3

February 20, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Larry, you’ve been paroled. Jason Biggs will not be returning to Season 3 of “Orange Is The New Black,” Netflix confirmed to Variety. Biggs has played series regular Larry Bloom — Piper’s (Taylor Schilling) ex-fiancee — since the start of “OITNB” in 2013. “They’re not focusing on Larry at the moment,” Biggs told the New York Daily News. “Larry will not... Read more

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House of Cards Shows Up on Netflix for a Hot Second and the Company’s Tweets Are Great

February 11, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

That was fast: the third season of Netflix's semi-Shakespearean government drama House of Cards momentarily showed up online for long enough to freak out the entire Internet, but the company is in damage-control (read: joke-making) mode. It's a mode they're good at. This is Washington. There's always a leak. All 13 episodes will launch February 27. — House of Cards (@HouseofCards) February 11, 2015 The company said an internal bug caused the full third season of the show to appear on the streaming service; props to The Verge for catching the error—if you want to spoil yourself ever-so-slightly, you can check out their post here . House of Cards writer Beau Willimon got his licks in, too: Well folks, when Frank Underwood wants to tease...he doesn't fuck around. @HouseofCards @netflix — Beau Willimon (@BeauWillimon) February 11, 2015 All in all, this probably amounts to a great marketing... happenstance, since it wasn't really a stunt or a planned change. It's one of those weird opportunities that requires companies with an upcoming product to think on their feet. Mission accomplished, guys. The show was up for "at least 25 minutes," according to CNBC; it's back down now. You have to wait two more weeks for Frank & Co. to begin the back-stabbing extravaganza. And also to reread Richard III , not to put too fine a point on it.

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Netflix Is Now Officially Streaming in Cuba

February 9, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Here's hoping House of Cards has a Havana episode next season. Netflix today is officially welcoming its first subscribers in Cuba.

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How Are These 13 Classic TV Shows Still Not on Streaming?

February 8, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Netflix struck a streaming coup last month when it added every episode of Friends, then scored another win this month by adding the first five seasons of MASH. So what's left? A surprising number of modern classics are still padlocked under pay-per-episode arrangements, meaning they could (and likely will) still come to streaming services like Netflix, Hulu or Crackle. Some of the most highly demanded shows still airing—The Simpsons and Game of Thrones, say—are already available on streaming for those with cable subscriptions. But that still leaves many programs up for negotiation. Such discussions are, of course, usually kept quite secret, so we (Adweek digital managing editor David Griner and TV writer Sam Thielman) decided to create out own wishlist. Check it out below and let usk now which shows you'd most want added. 13. Saved by the Bell Sam Thielman:

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Viacom Is Trying Something New for Cable Upfront Season

February 2, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

When the head of a major cable conglomerate calls ratings falloff "an important secular issue," it may be time to look for solutions outside traditional channels, and that's exactly what Viacom's ad sales team is doing. That remark, by the way, was made by Viacom president and CEO Philippe Dauman on the company's Q1 earnings call last week, and it's an important observation. Viewing habits are changing, and gross rating points are getting less and less desirable as network content flows through multiple, unmeasured channels. That hurts ad dollars. "Inadequate measurement undermines innovation and disproportionately impacts ... multiplatform experiences that viewers demand," Dauman told investors. "While it is currently a reality of our business, at Viacom we are not waiting for change." At client-only presentations in New York last month, Viacom laid out its upfront season pitch to offer more to (and hopefully get more from) its advertiser base.

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Watch: ‘House Of Cards’ Official Season 3 Trailer Released

January 12, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

What better way to celebrate your first Golden Globe win than with a brand new trailer? Moments after Kevin Spacey won for best actor in a TV drama at the 72nd annual awards show Sunday night, the full official trailer for “House of Cards'” third season was released, during the commercial break. Spacey has been nominated at... Read more

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