Netflix Originals Thrive as Disney’s Content Leaves Platform, Data Firm Says

Appetite for Netflix Originals is on the rise, according to a new study from 7Park Data. According to the firm, original content accounted for 37 percent of Netflix’s U.S. streams in Oct. 2018, up from 14 percent in Oct. 2017 and 13 percent in Jan. 2017.

This increase in traffic to its exclusive content comes as Disney and WarnerMedia ready the launch of their own streaming services, which has led Disney to pull its content (including programming from Fox) from the platform.

Netflix has spent an estimated $13 billion on content in 2018 with the goal of creating over 700 original projects. Many have questioned if Netflix Originals will be able to sustain an audience that has become accustomed to binging licensed content such as “The Office” and “Family Guy” (before it found a new home on Hulu, which Disney owns a stake in).

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Fox’s content once accounted for 21 percent of U.S. streams in 2017, a number that currently sits at 4 percent largely due to the migration of content from Netflix to Hulu.

Despite the rise of Netflix Originals, licensed content still holds a strong value for the streaming giant. Four of its top 10 shows for the month of November, per 7Park Data, were licensed programs. “The Office” came in as the streamer’s number one series, “Friends” at number three, “Grey’s Anatomy” at number four and “Criminal Minds” at number 10.

Check out Netflix’s top 10 series by stream starts below.

7Park Data passively collects desktop web viewership from an anonymized opt-in global panel of 3.5M viewers (across Netflix, Hulu and Amazon) – 3 million of which are from the U.S. This particular study was based on approximately 600,000 U.S. Netflix viewers.

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Appetite for Netflix Originals is on the rise, according to a new study from 7Park Data. According to the firm, original content accounted for 37 percent of Netflix’s U.S. streams in Oct. 2018, up from 14 percent in Oct. 2017 and 13 percent in Jan. 2017.

This increase in traffic to its exclusive content comes as Disney and WarnerMedia ready the launch of their own streaming services, which has led Disney to pull its content (including programming from Fox) from the platform.

Netflix has spent an estimated $13 billion on content in 2018 with the goal of creating over 700 original projects. Many have questioned if Netflix Originals will be able to sustain an audience that has become accustomed to binging licensed content such as “The Office” and “Family Guy” (before it found a new home on Hulu, which Disney owns a stake in).

Fox’s content once accounted for 21 percent of U.S. streams in 2017, a number that currently sits at 4 percent largely due to the migration of content from Netflix to Hulu.

Despite the rise of Netflix Originals, licensed content still holds a strong value for the streaming giant. Four of its top 10 shows for the month of November, per 7Park Data, were licensed programs. “The Office” came in as the streamer’s number one series, “Friends” at number three, “Grey’s Anatomy” at number four and “Criminal Minds” at number 10.

Check out Netflix’s top 10 series by stream starts below.

7Park Data passively collects desktop web viewership from an anonymized opt-in global panel of 3.5M viewers (across Netflix, Hulu and Amazon) – 3 million of which are from the U.S. This particular study was based on approximately 600,000 U.S. Netflix viewers.

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Netflix Originals Gain Traction As Disney And WarnerMedia Plot Rival Services: Study

Many on Wall Street and in Hollywood wonder about Netflix’s plan to keep boosting original-content spending as major suppliers like Disney and WarnerMedia aim to pull their content from the streaming service. But new research shows the strategy a…

Many on Wall Street and in Hollywood wonder about Netflix’s plan to keep boosting original-content spending as major suppliers like Disney and WarnerMedia aim to pull their content from the streaming service. But new research shows the strategy appears to be working. Netflix original content accounted for 37% of all streams on the platform in October, up from 24% a year earlier and 14% in January 2017, according to a study by 7Park Data. Programming made by Fox offers a…

Fandor Lays Off Entire 40-Person Staff Ahead of Pending Assets Sale

Fandor, the streaming service that specializes in independent films, has laid off its staff of about 40 people in advance of a pending sale of its assets, according to the company’s former PR team.

A select few staffers will be retained on an hourly basis to keep the company functioning in an attempt to avoid a total shut-down, the rep added.

Fandor CEO and chairman Chris Kelly announced that the company had “completed a transaction that allows a new entity to seek to continue the service under different management.” He provided no further details about the nature or terms of the deal, or the identity of the “new entity.”

“We continue to hope that the prospect of reaching diverse audiences with great visual storytelling will inspire creators everywhere,” Kelly added in a statement to Variety, which first reported the news.

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The mass layoffs and apparent sale follow a series of unspecified setbacks that took place just before Thanksgiving.

Fandor had been trying several ways to expand its reach and drive revenue over the past few years, including inking a partnership with Roku. In September 2017, the SVOD service was one of the first companies to partner with streaming hardware manufacturer on the its ad-supported streaming service The Roku Channel.

Under the partnership, a portion of Fandor’s content streamed on the AVOD service, which Fandor received ad-share from. After the partnership — though not directly attributed to it — the company saw a rise in subscriptions, according to COO of Fandor Felice Oper who told TheWrap in October.

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However, despite that increase, the company has fallen to the same fate as many in the digital video industry have suffered in 2018.

The layoffs come a month after Defy Media shut its doors, laying off an estimated 80 staff, and less than a week after Otter Media announced it was cutting 10 percent of its staff. The news also follows WarnerMedia’s closure of its classic movie streaming service FilmStruck, a shutdown that Fandor ironically tried to capitalize on by offering a discount to former FilmStruck subscribers.

Other video-centric companies that have been met with layoffs this year include WarnerMedia’s DramaFever, which shutdown in October; Refinery29, which lost 40 employees that same month; and Mic, a news-focused media outlet that laid off most of its staff towards the end of November.

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Fandor, the streaming service that specializes in independent films, has laid off its staff of about 40 people in advance of a pending sale of its assets, according to the company’s former PR team.

A select few staffers will be retained on an hourly basis to keep the company functioning in an attempt to avoid a total shut-down, the rep added.

Fandor CEO and chairman Chris Kelly announced that the company had “completed a transaction that allows a new entity to seek to continue the service under different management.” He provided no further details about the nature or terms of the deal, or the identity of the “new entity.”

“We continue to hope that the prospect of reaching diverse audiences with great visual storytelling will inspire creators everywhere,” Kelly added in a statement to Variety, which first reported the news.

The mass layoffs and apparent sale follow a series of unspecified setbacks that took place just before Thanksgiving.

Fandor had been trying several ways to expand its reach and drive revenue over the past few years, including inking a partnership with Roku. In September 2017, the SVOD service was one of the first companies to partner with streaming hardware manufacturer on the its ad-supported streaming service The Roku Channel.

Under the partnership, a portion of Fandor’s content streamed on the AVOD service, which Fandor received ad-share from. After the partnership — though not directly attributed to it — the company saw a rise in subscriptions, according to COO of Fandor Felice Oper who told TheWrap in October.

However, despite that increase, the company has fallen to the same fate as many in the digital video industry have suffered in 2018.

The layoffs come a month after Defy Media shut its doors, laying off an estimated 80 staff, and less than a week after Otter Media announced it was cutting 10 percent of its staff. The news also follows WarnerMedia’s closure of its classic movie streaming service FilmStruck, a shutdown that Fandor ironically tried to capitalize on by offering a discount to former FilmStruck subscribers.

Other video-centric companies that have been met with layoffs this year include WarnerMedia’s DramaFever, which shutdown in October; Refinery29, which lost 40 employees that same month; and Mic, a news-focused media outlet that laid off most of its staff towards the end of November.

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New Edition Of ‘Ghost In The Shell’ Franchise Heading To Netflix

Netflix continues to go big into anime, announcing a new Ghost in the Shell project set for worldwide distribution in 2020. The announcement was made via Twitter.
Ghost in the Shell SAC_2045 will have directors Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand…

Netflix continues to go big into anime, announcing a new Ghost in the Shell project set for worldwide distribution in 2020. The announcement was made via Twitter. Ghost in the Shell SAC_2045 will have directors Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex) & Shinji Araki (Appleseed) on board. The new title will be a collaboration between studios Production I.G. and SOLA Digital Arts. Production I.G animated all of the anime projects for Ghost in the Shell

Fandor Lets Go Nearly Entire Staff, Will Be Sold to New Company

The streaming service was readying for a planned relaunch at the start of 2019.

Fandor, long a destination for film fans to stream recent arthouse favorites and classic cinematic offerings, suffered a huge blow this week, as most staff members were relieved of their duties.

Variety reports that employees were informed that a plan to keep the company afloat through its planned January 2019 relaunch had failed, leading to the immediate staff-cutting decision. Fandor’s assets are now under the control of an unknown group, which has allowed the site to function despite its now small group of temporary employees.

The Fandor service had been available on third-party platforms like Amazon and Sling, with subscribers gaining access to its evolving catalogue at a regular rate of $5.99 per month. Last spring, Fandor closed its online magazine Keyframe, which for five years had served as a home for original writing and video content to supplement the site’s library of films.

“The original idea was to produce editorial content to draw people to the site and watch movies on Fandor, building a community and culture around film,” popular video essayist Kevin Lee told IndieWire at the time. “Then they wanted to figure out how to make things more viral — but the films that are on Fandor are typically not viral conducive.”

Fandor joins a growing list of original and library-based content providers that have shuttered in the past two months alone. Despite desperate pleas to keep it up and running, the beloved FilmStruck platform ceased operations last week after steps taken by parent company WarnerMedia. SuperDeluxe, a division of Turner Broadcasting’s digital efforts, was also shut down amidst similar WarnerMedia restructuring efforts.

Films from the Criterion Collection, which had previously been available on both Fandor and FilmStruck, are planned to appear on the forthcoming Criterion Channel, which is expected to launch in spring 2019.

Brat Expands Slate With New Original Series, Renewals For Winter Launch

Brat, the Gen Z-focused digital studio and network, said Friday it has renewed and set release dates for five original series and ordered two new series, one featuring Anna Cathcart from To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before and Odd Squad and anothe…

Brat, the Gen Z-focused digital studio and network, said Friday it has renewed and set release dates for five original series and ordered two new series, one featuring Anna Cathcart from To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before and Odd Squad and another starring up-and-coming pro boxer Ryan “Kingry” Garcia. The Brat network has more than 2.5 million subscribers on YouTube, with 15 million unique viewers, says the company, which focuses on using social media stars to build…

Will Smith, Trevor Noah And John Oliver Appear In YouTube’s Rewind Video Celebrating 2018

YouTube celebrated the year in internet pop culture with the 2018 edition of its Rewind video, featuring celebrity appearances from Smith, Noah, John Oliver, Adam Rippon, and Trixie Mattel, along with 100 of YouTube’s top creators, including Case…

YouTube celebrated the year in internet pop culture with the 2018 edition of its Rewind video, featuring celebrity appearances from Smith, Noah, John Oliver, Adam Rippon, and Trixie Mattel, along with 100 of YouTube’s top creators, including Casey Neistat, The Dolan Twins, Lilly Singh and Markiplier. The video celebrates pays tribute to the some of the defining moments and trends of 2018 (yes, we’re talking Fortnite), in a video set against  some year’s most popular…

Netflix Paying Almost $100 Million for ‘Friends’ Proves Old Series Still Matter

Netflix has been spending ambitiously on content, though most of the attention is paid toward its fast-growing output of original series and films. But the streamer’s deal to keep the ’90s-era sitcom “Friends” for another year proves that older series that still carry big fanbases are just as important in the high-stakes streaming wars.

Sources differ on the exact price tag that Netflix paid to keep “Friends” next year. One insider with knowledge of the deal told TheWrap that it was between $70 and $80 million, while another person with knowledge of the rights-bidding pegged the deal closer to the $100 million that the New York Times reported earlier this week.

“Friends” was one of Netflix’s biggest acquisitions when it announced the deal back in 2014, which was followed by Hulu’s big get of “Seinfeld” a year later — an investment that cost somewhere between $160 and $180 million. Both deals heralded that the new battlefield for syndicating old TV shows, long the main play of local stations and cable networks, was moving into streaming. Netflix’s latest “Friends” deal proves that’s still the case.

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As the streaming world has become more and more crowded, Netflix’s model has shifted in these past four years to favor its own productions, but the fact that it’s willing to shell out such a big chunk of change — its original deal for “Friends” cost $30 million annually, according to the New York Times — proves that streaming giants can’t rely only on subscribers liking every new show they put out. The broadcast networks, which pick up and cancel swaths of TV shows every year, can attest to that.

In the next year, the streaming space will continue to grow further, with WarnerMedia, Apple and Disney all launching their own direct-to-consumer offerings.

Part of that, at least on the Disney side, will see the Mouse House end its licensing deal with Netflix after the year ends (a huge get for Netflix at the time, as it gave the service rights to “Star Wars” and Marvel films). That could partially explain why Netflix has canceled three of its Marvel TV series in the past few months, including the widely-praised third season of “Daredevil.”

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One of the new entrants in the streaming space next year will be Warner Bros.’ parent company, WarnerMedia, which will launch its own branded streaming platform at the end of 2019. On Tuesday, Warner Bros. reminded everybody who owns “Friends,” and AT&T chief Randall Stephenson said his upcoming WarnerMedia SVOD product will likely house Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Joey and Phoebe as well. That would appear to lower the amount that Netflix would pay to keep “Friends” after 2019, since it would no longer be exclusive.

All of this doesn’t even mention every streaming player currently available, including Amazon, Hulu (which Disney will own 60 percent of after the Fox deal closes) and even smaller players like CBS All Access.

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Netflix has been spending ambitiously on content, though most of the attention is paid toward its fast-growing output of original series and films. But the streamer’s deal to keep the ’90s-era sitcom “Friends” for another year proves that older series that still carry big fanbases are just as important in the high-stakes streaming wars.

Sources differ on the exact price tag that Netflix paid to keep “Friends” next year. One insider with knowledge of the deal told TheWrap that it was between $70 and $80 million, while another person with knowledge of the rights-bidding pegged the deal closer to the $100 million that the New York Times reported earlier this week.

“Friends” was one of Netflix’s biggest acquisitions when it announced the deal back in 2014, which was followed by Hulu’s big get of “Seinfeld” a year later — an investment that cost somewhere between $160 and $180 million. Both deals heralded that the new battlefield for syndicating old TV shows, long the main play of local stations and cable networks, was moving into streaming. Netflix’s latest “Friends” deal proves that’s still the case.

As the streaming world has become more and more crowded, Netflix’s model has shifted in these past four years to favor its own productions, but the fact that it’s willing to shell out such a big chunk of change — its original deal for “Friends” cost $30 million annually, according to the New York Times — proves that streaming giants can’t rely only on subscribers liking every new show they put out. The broadcast networks, which pick up and cancel swaths of TV shows every year, can attest to that.

In the next year, the streaming space will continue to grow further, with WarnerMedia, Apple and Disney all launching their own direct-to-consumer offerings.

Part of that, at least on the Disney side, will see the Mouse House end its licensing deal with Netflix after the year ends (a huge get for Netflix at the time, as it gave the service rights to “Star Wars” and Marvel films). That could partially explain why Netflix has canceled three of its Marvel TV series in the past few months, including the widely-praised third season of “Daredevil.”

One of the new entrants in the streaming space next year will be Warner Bros.’ parent company, WarnerMedia, which will launch its own branded streaming platform at the end of 2019. On Tuesday, Warner Bros. reminded everybody who owns “Friends,” and AT&T chief Randall Stephenson said his upcoming WarnerMedia SVOD product will likely house Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Joey and Phoebe as well. That would appear to lower the amount that Netflix would pay to keep “Friends” after 2019, since it would no longer be exclusive.

All of this doesn’t even mention every streaming player currently available, including Amazon, Hulu (which Disney will own 60 percent of after the Fox deal closes) and even smaller players like CBS All Access.

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‘Doc McStuffins’ Creator Chris Nee Inks Netflix Overall Deal

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Under the deal, Nee will write and produc…

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Cinedigm Teams With China International TV Corp. For 500 Hours Of Streaming Content

Cinedigm is teaming with the powerhouse China International TV Corp. to bring more than 500 hours of popular Chinese content to the U.S. for its forthcoming digital channel Bambu.
The Chinese content digital channel, which will feature programming most…

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Hulu CEO Randy Freer Sees Subscriber Growth Accelerating, Pay TV Margins Increasing; Global Entry A “Hard Problem To Solve”

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That pace of growth would put it somewhere…

By the end of 2018, Hulu will have added more subscribers in the second half of the year than it did in the first, CEO Randy Freer said in an appearance Tuesday at Business Insider’s Ignition conference. That pace of growth would put it somewhere in the range of 24 million subscribers as 2019 begins. In recent years, Hulu has announced its subscriber tally at CES in early January. As of last year’s convention, it stood at 17 million, and the company reported 20 million in…

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson: WarnerMedia Can Stream ‘Friends’ Too

After the recent fuss over the Netflix fate of evergreen sitcom Friends, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson reminded attendees at the UBS media conference that the newly extended license to the Warner Bros show is not exclusive.
“That means Friends …

After the recent fuss over the Netflix fate of evergreen sitcom Friends, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson reminded attendees at the UBS media conference that the newly extended license to the Warner Bros show is not exclusive. “That means Friends can go onto our platform as well,” he said, alluding to the direct-to-consumer service that AT&T’s WarnerMedia will launch in late 2019. “That's content that we would definitely want on our platform and it's very important to Netflix…

How to Watch the Redskins-Eagles Game on ‘Monday Night Football’ for Free

With football season over halfway complete, NFL fans continue to flock to their TV sets, mobile phones, connected TVs, and laptops to watch their favorite team take the field. Tonight’s “Monday Night Football” game is a showdown between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Washington Redskins. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. PT/8:15 p.m. ET at the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

However, not everyone has the cash to put down $50+ on a satellite subscription to watch the game. But with more consumers now turning to connected TVs and mobile devices for their daily dose of entertainment, the National Football League has made it easier for cord-cutters and cord-nevers to get their football fix without emptying out their piggy bank.

While fans can watch this upcoming “Monday Night Football” game on ESPN is available on streaming platforms like FuboTV, DirecTV Now, PS Vue and Sling TV — they all charge a monthly subscription fee. The cheapest of these services is Sling TV, which includes the NFL Network in its “Blue” package for $25 per month. Of course, consumers can get around paying the monthly service fee by taking advantage of the free trial period that most of these platforms offer.

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But if $25 per month doesn’t fit into your budget or canceling the service after its trial period is too much of a hassle, there is another way to watch the game without spending a dime — as long as you own a smartphone.

Anyone with a smartphone can download the NFL, Yahoo Sports, AOL or Tumblr mobile apps and enjoy tonight’s game at no cost. The same goes for all in market games including regular season and playoff games, and even the Super Bowl. The NFL announced the news in February.

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With football season over halfway complete, NFL fans continue to flock to their TV sets, mobile phones, connected TVs, and laptops to watch their favorite team take the field. Tonight’s “Monday Night Football” game is a showdown between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Washington Redskins. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. PT/8:15 p.m. ET at the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

However, not everyone has the cash to put down $50+ on a satellite subscription to watch the game. But with more consumers now turning to connected TVs and mobile devices for their daily dose of entertainment, the National Football League has made it easier for cord-cutters and cord-nevers to get their football fix without emptying out their piggy bank.

While fans can watch this upcoming “Monday Night Football” game on ESPN is available on streaming platforms like FuboTV, DirecTV Now, PS Vue and Sling TV — they all charge a monthly subscription fee. The cheapest of these services is Sling TV, which includes the NFL Network in its “Blue” package for $25 per month. Of course, consumers can get around paying the monthly service fee by taking advantage of the free trial period that most of these platforms offer.

But if $25 per month doesn’t fit into your budget or canceling the service after its trial period is too much of a hassle, there is another way to watch the game without spending a dime — as long as you own a smartphone.

Anyone with a smartphone can download the NFL, Yahoo Sports, AOL or Tumblr mobile apps and enjoy tonight’s game at no cost. The same goes for all in market games including regular season and playoff games, and even the Super Bowl. The NFL announced the news in February.

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Netflix’s Ted Sarandos Hits Exhibitors For “Disconnecting People From Movies” By Preserving Theatrical Windows

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‘Grace And Frankie’ Gets Season 5 Premiere Date On Netflix

Netflix has set January 18 for the Season 5 premiere of Grace and Frankie, starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as the respective title characters. As the press notes puts it — and fans of the series will understand: “They’re back, and out o…

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‘To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before 2’ Confirmed As First Paramount-Netflix Title Under New Co-Venture

Viacom CEO Bob Bakish confirmed a sequel to the popular Netflix young-adult literary adaptation To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before 2 would be the first title in Paramount’s multi-picture deal with the streaming giant.
The sequel had been rep…

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Ariana Grande Sets YouTube 24-Hour Record For ‘Thank U, Next’ Video Debut

Songstress Ariana Grande has established a new YouTube record for most-watched video in a 24-hour period following a debut.
Grande’s hit, Thank U, Next, topped previous record holders and K-pop superstars BTS’s Idol. Released at 12 noon Pac…

Songstress Ariana Grande has established a new YouTube record for most-watched video in a 24-hour period following a debut. Grande’s hit, Thank U, Next, topped previous record holders and K-pop superstars BTS’s Idol. Released at 12 noon Pacific time on Friday, Thank U, Next has now passed 46 million viewers, edging BTS’s 45.9 million total in just under 22 hours. The BTS record was set in August, eclipsing Taylor Swift’s Look What You Made Me Do. The Grande video, which…

ESPN Reveals Launch Date For ACC Network

Building on the momentum of college conference-affiliated TV ventures like the SEC Network, ESPN and the Atlantic Coast Conference have set August 22, 2019, as the launch date for the ACC Network.
A week after it goes on the air, Georgia Tech’s f…

Building on the momentum of college conference-affiliated TV ventures like the SEC Network, ESPN and the Atlantic Coast Conference have set August 22, 2019, as the launch date for the ACC Network. A week after it goes on the air, Georgia Tech’s football team will visit Clemson. While the ACC’s football schools are not perennial national championship contenders, the network will also carry 150 games of men’s and women’s basketball, a longtime strength of the conference…

AT&T Sale Of Hulu Stake Could Net It Nearly $1B After Two Years Of Gains

Hulu, a streaming-video pioneer that has grown considerably despite an unwieldy ownership structure, is about to undergo significant change once Disney takes majority control of it in the new year.
In a meeting with Wall Street analysts on Thursday, AT…

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Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers Teams With Anthony Hemingway & Amazon For College Football Drama

EXCLUSIVE: Fresh off signing a first-look deal with Sony Pictures TV last month, Anthony Hemingway is getting on the feature field with Amazon Studios and some of the greatest NFL players ever to tackle college football.

The Emmy-winning American Crim…

EXCLUSIVE: Fresh off signing a first-look deal with Sony Pictures TV last month, Anthony Hemingway is getting on the feature field with Amazon Studios and some of the greatest NFL players ever to tackle college football. The Emmy-winning American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson and Red Tails director has teamed with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Heisman Trophy winner and Super Bowl MVP Desmond Howard to develop Work Horses for the House of…

Marvel Promises “More” ‘Daredevil’ “Adventures” After Netflix Cancellation

Daredevil may not be coming back to Netflix after yesterday’s sudden cancellation of the series, but there is clearly more in store for the Man Without Fear, as Marvel confirmed today
A statement this morning from the home of The Avengers and Spi…

Daredevil may not be coming back to Netflix after yesterday’s sudden cancellation of the series, but there is clearly more in store for the Man Without Fear, as Marvel confirmed today A statement this morning from the home of The Avengers and Spider-man used very similar language to what the streamer signed off with to indicate that Hell’s Kitchen’s blind protector isn’t done yet on the small or perhaps big screen. “We look forward to more adventures with the Man without…