‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ No. 1 for Second Straight Week on Digital Originals Chart

“The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” remained No. 1 for the second consecutive week, despite a drop in Demand Expressions by more than 11% during the week that ended Nov. 10, according to Parrot Analytics.

The reboot – which is much darker than the original, comedic “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch” – captured the top chart position the previous week in the wake of its Oct. 26 Netflix debut. The number of Demand Expressions for “Sabrina” slipped to 55.7 million from 62.9 million the prior week.

Demand Expressions is a proprietary metric used by Parrot Analytics to measure global demand for TV content. The metric draws from a wide variety of data sources, including video streaming, social media activity, photo sharing, blogging, commenting on fan and critic rating platforms, and downloading and streaming via peer-to-peer protocols and file sharing sites.

“Stranger Things,” also from Netflix, rose a notch to No. 2 with a modest gain in demand of less than 4%, swapping places with  “Marvel’s Daredevil,” which slipped to No. 3 after a 14.5% drop in demand.

“House of Cards,” the first Netflix digital original, shot up to No. 4 from No. 10 the previous week in its first full week of availability, with a 56.3% spike in demand. Season 6 of the political drama – the first without star Kevin Spacey, whose career was derailed by a sexual abuse scandal – debuted Nov. 2. Netflix has already announced Season 6 will be the series’ last.

Also soaring up the charts was Amazon Prime Video’s “Homecoming,” which driven by a 45.4% gain in Demand Expressions debuted on the digital originals chart at No. 7.

The series launched on Amazon Nov. 3 and marks Julia Roberts’ television series debut; the series is based on a podcast of the same name.

Rounding out the top five on the digital originals chart was “The Haunting of Hill House,” which slid a notch from No. 4 the prior week after a 14.5% drop in demand.

A “digital original” is a multi-episode series in which the most recent season was first made available on a streaming platform such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video or Hulu.

Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” reappeared in the top 10, at No. 9, with a 4.1% bump in demand.

Media Play News has teamed with Parrot Analytics to provide readers with a weekly top 10 of the most popular digital original TV series in the United States, based on the firm’s  proprietary metric called Demand Expressions, which measures global demand for TV content through a wide variety of data sources, including video streaming, social media activity, photo sharing, blogging, commenting on fan and critic rating platforms, and downloading and streaming via peer-to-peer protocols and file sharing sites.

Amazon’s New Co-HQs: Arlington, Virginia, and New York City

Amazon on Nov. 13 announced that it has selected New York City and Arlington, Virginia, as the locations for the company’s new co-headquarters.

Amazon, in a news release, says it will invest $5 billion and create more than 50,000 jobs across the two locations, with more than 25,000 employees each in New York City and Arlington.

The new locations will join Seattle as the company’s three headquarters in North America.

In addition, Amazon said it has selected Nashville for a new Center of Excellence for its Operations business, which is responsible for the company’s customer fulfillment, transportation, supply chain, and other similar activities. The Operations Center of Excellence in Nashville will create more than 5,000 jobs.

The new Arlington headquarters, in the Washington, D.C., metro area, will be located in National Landing, while the New York City headquarters will be located in the Long Island City neighborhood in Queens.

Amazon says its investments in each new headquarters will spur the creation of tens of thousands of additional jobs in the surrounding communities. Hiring at both the new headquarters will begin in 2019.

The Operations Center of Excellence will be located in downtown Nashville as part of a new development site just north of the Gulch, and hiring will also begin in 2019.

“We are excited to build new headquarters in New York City and Northern Virginia,” Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, said in a statement. “These two locations will allow us to attract world-class talent that will help us to continue inventing for customers for years to come. The team did a great job selecting these sites, and we look forward to becoming an even bigger part of these communities.”

New York City

In New York City, Amazon says the city will benefit from more than 25,000 full-time jobs; approximately $2.5 billion in Amazon investment; 4 million square feet of energy-efficient office space with an opportunity to expand to 8 million square feet; and an estimated incremental tax revenue of more than $10 billion over the next 20 years as a result of Amazon’s investment and job creation.

Amazon will receive performance-based direct incentives of $1.525 billion based on the company creating 25,000 jobs in Long Island City. This includes a refundable tax credit through New York state’s Excelsior Program of up to $1.2 billion calculated as a percentage of the salaries Amazon expects to pay employees over the next 10 years, which equates to $48,000 per job for 25,000 jobs with an average wage of over $150,000; and a cash grant from Empire State Development of $325 million based on the square footage of buildings occupied in the next 10 years.

Amazon will receive these incentives over the next decade based on the incremental jobs it creates each year and as it reaches building occupancy targets. The company will separately apply for as-of-right incentives including New York City’s Industrial & Commercial Abatement Program (ICAP) and New York City’s Relocation and Employment Assistance Program (REAP).

Amazon says the community will benefit from New York City providing funding through a Payment In Lieu Of Tax (PILOT) program based on Amazon’s property taxes on a portion of the development site to fund community infrastructure improvements developed through input from residents during the planning process. Amazon has agreed to donate space on its campus for a tech startup incubator and for use by artists and industrial businesses, and Amazon will donate a site for a new primary or intermediary public school. The company will also invest in infrastructure improvements and new green spaces.

Arlington, Virginia

In Arlington, Virginia, the National Landing site is an urban community less than 3 miles from downtown Washington, D.C. The area is served by three Metro stations, commuter rail access, and Reagan National Airport – all within walking distance. Amazon says Virginia and Arlington will benefit from more than 25,000 full-time high-paying jobs; approximately $2.5 billion in Amazon investment; 4 million square feet of energy-efficient office space with the opportunity to expand to 8 million square feet; and an estimated incremental tax revenue of $3.2 billion over the next 20 years as a result of Amazon’s investment and job creation.

Amazon will receive performance-based direct incentives of $573 million based on the company creating 25,000 jobs with an average wage of over $150,000 in Arlington. This includes a workforce cash grant from the Commonwealth of Virginia of up to $550 million based on $22,000 for each job created over the next 12 years. Amazon will only receive this incentive if it creates the forecasted high-paying jobs. The company will also receive a cash grant from Arlington of $23 million over 15 years based on the incremental growth of the existing local Transient Occupancy Tax, a tax on hotel rooms.

Amazon says the Arlington community and Amazon employees will benefit from the Commonwealth investing $195 million in infrastructure in the neighborhood, including improvements to the Crystal City and the Potomac Yards Metro stations; a pedestrian bridge connecting National Landing and Reagan National Airport; and work to improve safety, accessibility, and the pedestrian experience crossing Route 1 over the next 10 years. Arlington will also dedicate an estimated $28 million based on 12% of future property tax revenues earned from an existing Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district for on-site infrastructure and open space in National Landing.

Nashville

The Nashville Center of Excellence will be located in downtown, along the Cumberland River, Amazon says. As part of Amazon’s investment, Tennessee, Davidson County and the city of Nashville will benefit from 5,000 full-time, high-paying jobs; over $230 million in investment; 1 million square feet of energy-efficient office space; and an estimated incremental tax revenue of more than $1 billion over the next 10 years as a result of Amazon’s investment and job creation.

Amazon will receive performance-based direct incentives of up to $102 million based on the company creating 5,000 jobs with an average wage of over $150,000 in Nashville. This includes a cash grant for capital expenditures from the state of Tennessee of $65 million based on the company creating 5,000 jobs over the next seven years, which is equivalent to $13,000 per job; a cash grant from the city of Nashville of up to $15 million based on $500 for each job created over the next seven years; and a job tax credit to offset franchise and excise taxes from the state of Tennessee of $21.7 million based on $4,500 per new job over the next seven years.

Home Entertainment Execs Impacted by Southern California Wildfires

Home entertainment executives are among those impacted by the Hill and Woolsey Fires that broke out in Southern California on the afternoon of Thursday, Nov. 8, near the Ventura and Los Angeles county line.

The fires are fueled by strong Santa Ana winds and parched vegetation that is the result of a rainy 2017 followed by a dry 2018.

As of noon Monday, Nov. 12, the Woolsey Fire was still raging, having spread to more than 91,500 acres from Thousand Oaks south to Malibu. Officials said at least 370 structures have been destroyed and two people have died in the fire.

Among the celebrities who have lost homes in the fire are Gerard Butler, Miley Cyrus and Neil Young, all in the Malibu area.

Butler on Sunday morning tweeted a photo of himself in front of his destroyed home, writing, “Returned to my house in Malibu after evacuating. Heartbreaking time across California. Inspired as ever by the courage, spirit and sacrifice of firefighters.”

A number of home entertainment executives were evacuated, including Steve Apple, VP of industry sales at the Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA). Apple and his family were evacuated from their Agoura Hills home on Thursday afternoon, shortly after the blaze broke out in the hills south of Simi Valley. They spent the weekend in a hotel in Ventura but were able to return home on Sunday afternoon. “House, animals and family are safe,” Apple said.

A studio executive who lives in Calabasas and was evacuated wrote in an email, “I am very close to the fires. We got a hotel in the city.  It’s so surreal to see these fires that are right near your house!”

Paul Culberg, former EVP of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, lives in Agoura Hills and lost his garage, according to a Saturday Facebook post. “We are all OK,” he wrote. “House and pool house survived. Garage burned. We are better off than neighbors. So sad.”

According to a Monday morning update from Cal Fire, the Woolsey fire is now 20% contained. Fire officials said the weather is beginning to look more favorable in the fire zone and expected increased containment today. Cal Fire officials say they project full containment by Thursday, Nov. 15.

Meanwhile, the Hill Fire, which also broke out Thursday afternoon, charred about 4,500 acres in the Ventura County coastal areas and led to the evacuation of residents in Camarillo Springs, Dos Vientos, the Vallecito Mobile Home Park, the Cal State Channel Islands area, Simi Valley, Wood Ranch and Long Canyon and portions of Thousand Oaks, officials said. By Saturday evening, Nov. 10, the Ventura County Fire Department announced most evacuations were lifted.

Bill Perrault, SVP of marketing and brand management at Cinedigm, lives in Camarillo, off Santa Rosa Road, near where the Hill Fire started. He was prepared to evacuate, but fortunately the wind shifted direction.

“We’re right on the edge, the fire went right over us,” Perrault says. “We were ready to go at a moment’s notice, but as the night wore on the wind was pushing it to the east of us.”

On Monday, as the dreaded Santa Ana winds picked up again, fire officials said two new fires broke out within five minutes of each other near the  Woolsey Fire. One, the Peak Fire, was in the Santa Susana Pass just off the 118 freeway and the other, the Lynn Fire, was in Thousand Oaks.

The Peak Fire briefly led to the shutdown of the 118 and also prompted MetroLink to suspend rail service, but by 1 p.m. fire crews were able to stop progress after the fire had burned about 105 acres.

The Lynn Fire was contained shortly after 1 p.m. and had only burned about 5 acres.

This story was last updated at 4:08 p.m.

‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ a Massive Hit, with 17 Million Copies Sold in Just 8 Days

Rockstar Games’ Red Dead Redemption 2 has sold 17 million copies since its Oct. 26 release, parent company Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. said in a Nov. 7 earnings release.

That surpasses the total lifetime sales tally for the original Western open-world game Red Dead Redemption, released eight years ago, in 2010.

Take-Two chairman and CEO Strauss Zelnick said in the release that the game sequel is the label’s “first game built from the ground up for the current console generation. Red Dead Redemption 2 has received outstanding reviews, with numerous critics awarding the title a perfect score. The title is now tied with Grand Theft Auto V as the highest rated title on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, with a 97 Metacritic score.

“A massive commercial success, Red Dead Redemption 2 has set numerous records, including achieving the biggest opening weekend in the history of entertainment, with over $725 million in retail sell-through during its first three days. Red Dead Redemption 2 sold-in more units in its first eight days than the original blockbuster Red Dead Redemption sold in its first eight years….

“As a result of our strong second quarter performance and outstanding early results from Red Dead Redemption 2, we are raising our financial outlook for fiscal 2019…. Looking ahead, we have a strong development pipeline across our labels and are exceedingly well positioned for long-term growth and margin expansion.”

On a subsequent earnings call with analysts, Zelnick noted that Red Dead Redemption 2 is a “collaboration among all of Rockstar Game studios worldwide, including more than 2,000 team members.” The game, he continued, “features the deepest and most expansive Rockstar world to date.”

Take-Two reported strong results for its fiscal second quarter 2019 ended Sept. 30, 2018. Net revenue grew 11% to $492.7 million, as compared to $443.6 million in last year’s fiscal second quarter. Recurrent consumer spending (virtual currency, add-on content and in-game purchases) grew 12% and accounted for 49% of total net revenue.

The largest contributors to net revenue in fiscal second quarter 2019 were NBA 2K19 and NBA 2K18Grand Theft Auto Online and Grand Theft Auto VNBA 2K Online 2, Dragon City and Monster Legends, and WWE SuperCard.

Digitally-delivered net revenue grew 18% to $358.4 million, as compared to $302.9 million in last year’s fiscal second quarter, and accounted for 73% of total net revenue.

The largest contributors to digitally-delivered net revenue in fiscal second quarter 2019 were Grand Theft Auto Online and Grand Theft Auto VNBA 2K18 and NBA 2K19NBA 2K Online 2Monster Legends and Dragon City, and WWE SuperCard.

‘Spy Who Dumped Me’ Bows at No. 1 on Both Redbox Charts

The Spy Who Dumped Me, a newly released action comedy from Lionsgate starring Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon, topped both Redbox charts for the week ended Nov. 4.

The film, which follows two best friends who are chased through Europe by assassins after one of their old boyfriends turns out to be a CIA agent, earned $33.6 million in North American theaters.

The movie debuted at No. 1 on both the Redbox kiosk chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red disc vending machines, and the Redbox On Demand digital chart, which tracks digital transactions, both electronic sellthrough (EST) and transactional video-on-demand (TVOD) streaming.

On the kiosk chart, Walt Disney’s Ant-Man and the Wasp slipped to No. 2 after one week in the top spot. Universal Pictures’ Skyscraper slipped to No. 3 from No. 2.

Rounding out the top five were Sony Pictures’ Hotel Transylvania at No. 4 and another Sony film, the new-to-disc Slender Man, bowing at No. 5.

A third new release, Warner’s Teen Titans Go! To the Movies, debuted at No. 6 on the Redbox disc-rental chart.

Slender Man, a critically panned horror film inspired by the creepy pasta Internet meme of a murderous, thin, faceless humanoid who stalks children, grossed $30.6 million domestically.

Teen Titans Go!, an animated superhero fantasy based on the TV series (and DC Comics characters) of the same name, earned $29.6 million in North American theaters.

Universal Pictures’ Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again slipped to No. 7 after debuting at No. 4 the week before.

On the Redbox On Demand digital chart, The Spy Who Dumped Me took the No. 1 spot from Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, which slipped to No. 4.

Skyscraper held onto the No. 2 chart position, while Hotel Transylvania repeated at No. 3.

Rounding out the top five was Slender Man, which had been released digitally on Oct. 19, two weeks before its Oct. 30 DVD and Blu-ray Disc street date.

 

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ending November 4

  1. The Spy Who Dumped Me (new)
  2. Ant-Man and the Wasp
  3. Skyscraper
  4. Hotel Transylvania 3
  5. Slender Man (new)
  6. Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (new)
  7. Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!
  8. The First Purge
  9. Sicario: Day of the Soldado
  10. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ending November 4

  1. The Spy Who Dumped Me (new)
  2. Skyscraper
  3. Hotel Transylvania 3
  4. Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again
  5. Slender Man
  6. The Darkest Minds
  7. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  8. Ocean’s 8
  9. Sicario: Day of the Soldado
  10. Teen Titans Go! To the Movies

 

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‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Shoots to No. 1 on Digital Originals Chart

Netflix continues to dominate the top digital originals chart with nine entries, including “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” which shot up to No. 1 the week ended Nov. 3 with a 111% gain in Demand Expressions, according to Parrot Analytics.

The reboot – which is much darker than the original, comedic “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch” – debuted at No. 4 the prior week, even though it only became available for viewing on Oct. 26, one day before the tracking period ended.

“Marvel’s Daredevil” slipped to No. 2 on the digital originals chart, after two weeks at No. 1. The Netflix superhero series saw its Demand Expressions drop 19% to 43.8 million, compared to 62.9 million Demand Expressions for “Sabrina.”

Demand Expressions is a proprietary metric used by Parrot Analytics to measure global demand for TV content. The metric draws from a wide variety of data sources, including video streaming, social media activity, photo sharing, blogging, commenting on fan and critic rating platforms, and downloading and streaming via peer-to-peer protocols and file sharing sites.

“Stranger Things,” also from Netflix, remained at No. 3 on the digital originals chart.

A “digital original” is a multi-episode series in which the most recent season was first made available on a streaming platform such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video or Hulu.

Rounding out the top five are “The Haunting of Hill House,” which slipped to No. 4 from No. 2 after an 11% drop in demand, and “Castlevania,” bowing at No. 5, with a 126% spike in demand.

“Castlevania,” a gothic horror series based on the 1989 Japanese video game Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse, by Konami, became available on Netflix on Oct. 26. The series centers around Trevor Belmont, who defends the nation of Wallachia from Dracula and his followers.

“House of Cards,” the first Netflix digital original, reappeared on the chart at No. 10. In anticipation of the Nov. 2 launch of Season 6, demand shot up 43%.

Amazon Prime Video’s sole chart entry, “The Man in the High Castle,” slipped to No. 9 from No. 7 the prior week.

Media Play News has teamed with Parrot Analytics to provide readers with a weekly top 10 of the most popular digital original TV series in the United States, based on the firm’s  proprietary metric called Demand Expressions, which measures global demand for TV content through a wide variety of data sources, including video streaming, social media activity, photo sharing, blogging, commenting on fan and critic rating platforms, and downloading and streaming via peer-to-peer protocols and file sharing sites.

 

 

Home Entertainment on a Roll as Consumer Spending Soars 15%

Consumer spending on home entertainment rose 15%, to an estimated $5.7 billion, in the third quarter of 2018, according to numbers released this week by DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

For the first three quarters of the year, spending was at nearly $17 billion, an 11% year-over-year gain.

Digital purchases of movies, TV shows and other filmed content, known in the industry as “electronic sellthrough,” or EST, rose 18% in the quarter compared with the same quarter in the year prior, a significant uptick from the single-digit gains posted in prior years.

Consumers spent an estimated $624 million in the third quarter to buy content digitally from vendors such as Apple iTunes, Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, FandangoNow, Redbox On Demand, Microsoft Movies & TV and Google Play. That’s up from $529 million in the third quarter of 2017.

Industry observers attribute at least some of the gain to the rising popularity of the multi-studio Movies Anywhere platform, which uses a cloud-based digital rights locker to allow consumers to have immediate access to their purchased content at any time, on a wide range of devices, from home theaters to mobile phones.

The EST spending gain also was driven by a 31% surge in spending on movies that played theatrically prior to their digital release, generally two weeks prior to their appearance on Blu-ray Disc and DVD.

For the year through Sept. 30, EST spending was at $1.8 billion, up more than 12% from the comparable period in 2017.

On the physical side of the business, consumer spending on discs was down 11.5% to an estimated $844 million.

But sales of 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Discs soared 68% in the quarter from the same quarter last year “as more consumers purchased new TVs and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray players equipped with the advanced technology,” according to the DEG.

Thanks to the big increase in spending on digital purchases,  total spending on  content buys was only down 1% in the quarter. This marks the first time that EST spending gains nearly offset the decline in physical media purchases.

Transactional video-on-demand (TVOD), the digital equivalent of renting a movie, also realized significant gains, with consumer spending up nearly 10% to an estimated $497 million in the quarter from the prior-year quarter. The big digital sellers of content, such as Apple iTunes, FandangoNow and Redbox On Demand, also offer consumers a lower-cost option to stream movies on a temporary basis, generally for a 48-hour period and a start time within 30 days of the transaction date.

Consumer spending on streaming subscriptions rose more than 30% in both the third quarter and the first nine months of this year, totaling an estimated $3.3 billion and $9.4 billion, respectively. The DEG report attributed these numbers to data compiled by global information provider IHS Markit.

The DEG also said more than 4.2 million 4K Ultra HD TVs were sold in the first three quarters of 2018, bringing the total number of U.S. households to more than 42 million, an increase of 80% from the prior year period. Approximately 2.3 million Ultra HD Blu-ray playback devices (both dedicated players and video game consoles) were sold through to consumers in the first nine months of the year.

Growth of 4K Ultra HD content is rapidly expanding, the DEG reported, with 392 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc titles available representing more than $162 million in consumer spend for the period. There are also 595 4K titles available digitally.

‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’ Tops Redbox Digital Chart

Universal Pictures’ Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, a musical comedy based on the music of Swedish pop group ABBA, took the top spot on the Redbox On Demand chart for the week ended Oct. 28.

The Redbox On Demand chart tracks digital transactions, both electronic sellthrough (EST) and transactional video-on-demand (TVOD) streaming, the electronic equivalent to renting a DVD or Blu-ray Disc.

The film, a belated sequel to 2008’s Mamma Mia, debuted at No. 4 on the Redbox kiosk chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red disc vending machines, typically positioned inside or outside of supermarkets and mass merchants like Walmart.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again grossed more than $120 million in North American theaters and features an ensemble cast that includes Lily James, Amanda Seyfried, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters, Pierce Brosnan, Andy García, Dominic Cooper, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Jessica Keenan Wynn, Alexa Davies, Jeremy Irvine, Josh Dylan, Hugh Skinner, Cher, and Meryl Streep.

The Mamma Mia sequel was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on Oct. 23, two weeks after it became available for digital purchase or streaming.

On the Redbox kiosk chart, Walt Disney’s Ant-Man and the Wasp moved up to No. 1 in its second week of availability, knocking Universal Pictures’ Skyscraper to No. 2 after two weeks as the most in-demand disc rental.

Sony Pictures’ Hotel Transvylvania slipped a spot to No. 3 after two weeks in the second chart position.

Rounding out the top five on the Redbox disc rental chart was Universal Pictures’ The First Purge, which moved up a spot from No. 6 the prior week.

On the Redbox On Demand digital chart, Skyscraper and Hotel Transylvania 3 both slipped a spot, to No. 2 and No. 3, to make way for Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.

Warner’s Ocean’s 8 moved back up to 4 from No. 5 the previous week, with Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom taking its place, down two spots from the previous week.

 

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ending October 28

  1. Ant-Man and the Wasp
  2. Skyscraper
  3. Hotel Transylvania 3
  4. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (new)
  5. The First Purge
  6. Sicario: Day of the Soldado
  7. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  8. Reprisal
  9. Solo: A Star Wars Story
  10. Ocean’s 8

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ending October 28

  1. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
  2. Skyscraper
  3. Hotel Transylvania 3
  4. Ocean’s 8
  5. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  6. The First Purge
  7. Tag
  8. Sicario: Day of the Soldado
  9. Hotel Artemis
  10. Unfriended: Dark Web

 

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‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,’ ‘Making a Murderer’ Score Big on Digital Originals Chart

“The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” on Netflix, was one of two big winners in the digital originals sweepstakes the week ended Oct. 27. The debut one day earlier of the reboot – with a significantly darker tone than the original “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch” – sent demand for the new series skyrocketing, according to Parrot Analytics.

A “digital original” is a multi-episode series in which the most recent season was first made available on a streaming platform such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video or Hulu.

The new “Sabrina,” with a cast that includes Kiernan Shipka, Ross Lynch, Lucy Davis, and Chance Perdomo, posted a nearly 129% increase in demand to debut at No. 4 on the top 10 digital originals chart, according to Parrot Analytics.

Another Netflix series, “Making a Murderer,” saw an even higher spike in Demand Expressions of more than 230% to debut at No. 8.

“Making a Murderer” is a true crime documentary series written and directed by Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos. Season 2 debuted on Oct. 19. The first season premiered in December 2015 and won four Primetime Emmy Awards in 2016.

“Marvel’s Daredevil” remained No. 1 for the second consecutive week, with a 44% gain in demand to 54.1 million Demand Expressions. The superhero series also saw a new season, Season 3, debut on Oct. 19.

Demand Expressions is a proprietary metric used by Parrot Analytics to measure global demand for TV content. The metric draws from a wide variety of data sources, including video streaming, social media activity, photo sharing, blogging, commenting on fan and critic rating platforms, and downloading and streaming via peer-to-peer protocols and file sharing sites.

Repeating at No. 2 was “The Haunting of Hill House,” which debuted on the top 10 digital originals chart the prior week. Demand was relatively flat, with a modest 8% gain to 40.2 million Demand Expressions.

“Stranger Things” moved back up a notch to No. 3 on the digital originals chart, thanks to a 9.7% gain in demand, while “Orange is the New Black” slipped to No. 5 from No. 3 the prior week with 27.8 million Demand Expressions, 13% fewer than in the previous week.

Media Play News has teamed with Parrot Analytics to provide readers with a weekly top 10 of the most popular digital original TV series in the United States, based on the firm’s  proprietary metric called Demand Expressions, which measures global demand for TV content through a wide variety of data sources, including video streaming, social media activity, photo sharing, blogging, commenting on fan and critic rating platforms, and downloading and streaming via peer-to-peer protocols and file sharing sites.

 

 

Halloween, Horror Titles Get Big Push on Disc, Digital, and Streaming

With the Halloween holiday looming, several players in the home entertainment industry are mounting promotions to push horror and Halloween titles, both on disc and on digital.

Movies Anywhere, the multi-studio digital movie “locker” that lets consumers store their digital films in the cloud and access them at will on various devices, has sent out a “Tis the Season” email blast to registered users with “It,” “The Omen” and “Zombieland” prominently featured in the body of the email.

A link sends consumers to a big, colorful menu of titles, in categories such as “Vintage Horror” (Dracula, The Wolf-Man, The House of Wax, Village of the Damned); “Extreme Horror” (Slender Man, The Strangers, the new Truth or Dare movie with Lucy Hale, and the Jeff Goldblum remake of The Fly); and “Scary Slashers” (I Know What You Did Last Summer, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, the original Psycho and the 2009 remake of Friday the 13th).

Milder films for kids and families are grouped together as “Fun Family Frights” (Toy Story of Terror, The Little Vampire, Monster House, Hotel Transylvania 3) and “Spooky Cute” (Casper, Scooby-Doo The Movie, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas”).

Earlier in October, the Family Video retail chain had a “blowout” sale of more than 120 Warner Bros. horror films on Blu-ray Disc and DVD, at prices starting at $3.88. Titles included in the sale were The Little Shop of Horrors, Stephen King’s It, and “Final Destination,” “Tim Burton,” “The Conjuring” and “The Nightmare on Elm Street” collections.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of zombie classic Night of the Living Dead, Fandango’s on-demand video service FandangoNow Oct. 1 launched a list of the 25 “freshes” zombie movies, with the George Romero film taking the top spot.

The list was curated by movie review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes based on the movies’ Tomatometer scores. (A movie gets a “Fresh” designation when at least 60% of its critic reviews are positive.)

On Oct. 1 only, fans were able to rent any (or all) of the zombie movies on the list at a discounted rate of $1 off the regular price when using the promo code LIVINGDEAD50 at checkout.

On the streaming front, Parrot Analytics is out with a list of the most in-demand horror titles available on subscription SVOD services such as Netflix, Amazon and Hulu as well as regular linear TV.

At the top of the list is the “American Horror Story” franchise, which according to Parrot between Oct. 1 and Oct. 20 generated 74.8 million Demand Expressions.

Demand Expressions are a proprietary metric used by Parrot Analytics to measure global demand for TV content. The metric draws from a wide variety of data sources, including video streaming, social media activity, photo sharing, blogging, commenting on fan and critic rating platforms, and downloading and streaming via peer-to-peer protocols and file sharing sites.

No. 2 was “Walking Dead,” with 70.4 million Demand Expressions.

“Fear the Walking Dead” was a distant No. 3, with 20.9 million Demand Expressions, followed at No. 4 by the new Netflix series “The Haunting of Hill House” (18 million Demand Expressions) and, at No. 5, by “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” (16 million Demand Expressions.