‘The Late Late Show with James Corden’ Gets Streaming Deal in China

“The Late Late Show with James Corden” (especially “Carpool Karaoke”) is going where Netflix can’t: China.

CBS Studios International and Chinese online video platform iQiYiNov. 14 announced a licensing agreement for the late night talk show hosted by British comedian Corden. This is the first time the series has been made available in China, with current and past episodes available on-demand on the iQIYI platform.

Since launching in 2015 with Corden, “The Late Late Show” has generated 475 clips on YouTube with more than 1 million views each, resulting in more than 5 billion overall views and over 16 million subscribers for the show’s YouTube channel.

The show’s “Carpool Karaoke” segment – reportedly the most popular late night TV trend on social media – has more than 1.95 billion views on YouTube since its inception a year ago.

Segments featuring Adele and Justin Bieberare currently the #1 and #2 most-watched “Late Night” clips on YouTube, along with Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, Stevie Wonder, Gwen Stefani, Elton John and One Direction.

A spin-off of the segment, “Carpool Karaoke: The Series,” was acquired by Apple with Corden as executive producer.

“We believe … James Corden will be well-recognized by millions of Chinese audiences,” iQIYI said in a statement.

Armando Nuñez, CEO of  CBS Global Distribution Group, said that with mobile viewing dominate among iQIYI’s subscriber base, “inventive content and viral moments of ‘The Late Late Show’” are well-suited for the platform.

“It’s exciting to join forces with iQIYI to bring the supreme talent of James Corden and the star power of his guests to Chinese audiences,” said Nuñez.

 

 

 

Matt Groening’s ‘Disenchantment’ Bows at No. 5 on Digital Originals Chart

There were few changes in demand for the top digital originals this past week, with only one new release bowing in the top 10, according to Parrot Analytics data for the week ending Aug. 25.

The newcomer is “Disenchantment,” on Netflix, which the subscription streaming leader heavily promoted at Comic-Con International last month. “Disenchantment” debuted in the top 10 at No. 5; 20 episodes of the series have been ordered by Netflix; the first 10 episodes became available for viewing on Aug. 17.

The series, created by “The Simpsons” and “Futurama” creator Matt Groening, is Netflix’s sixth animated series targeting adults.

Audience expectations are high for “Disenchantment,” which is set in the medieval fantasy kingdom of Dreamland. The series follows Bean, a wild and heavily drinking princess, her innocent elf companion Elfo, and her “personal demon” Luci. Voice talent includes Abbi Jacobson, Eric Andre, Nat Faxon, John DiMaggio, Tress MacNeille, Matt Berry, David Herman, Maurice LaMarche, Lucy Montgomery and Billy West.

The Netflix women-in-prison drama “Orange is the New Black” remains the most in-demand digital original, despite 16% fewer Demand Expressions than in the previous week.

“Demand Expressions” is a proprietary metric used by Parrot Analytics to measure 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.

“Orange” has now been No. 1 for four consecutive weeks.

“Stranger Things” (Netflix) remains No. 2, “Voltron: Legendary Defender” (also Netflix) repeats at No. 3, and Hulu’s “Castle Rock” is again No. 4, with all three shows relatively flat in Demand Expressions.

Apple Music’s “Carpool Karaoke” remains No. 10 even though the streaming series (which is adapted for Apple Music subscribers) has been on hiatus since June.

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.

Apple: ‘We Don’t Know Anything’ About Making TV Shows

Apple knows the appeal of must-have consumer electronics better than anyone. Its brand singularly created markets for mobile phones, tablets, computers, audio speakers and now watches.

Yet, as tech rivals Google and Facebook jump into the video content business hoping to bridge the considerable gap to Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and even Hulu, Apple has taken baby steps.

While the late Steve Jobs infamously considered Apple TV a “little hobby,” current CEO Tim Cook has been equally slow to jump on the bandwagon – until now. Indeed, Apple considers itself anything but expert on the machinations of Hollywood.

“We don’t know anything about making television,” Eddy Cue, SVP of Internet software and services, told The New York Times at the recent South by Southwest media confab in Austin, Tex.

Despite sitting on reported fiscal largess exceeding $250 billion, Apple’s forays into original programing are all but non-existent – perhaps due to cautionary missteps taken by Microsoft and Yahoo, among others.

Apple is expert at creating apps, but recent original 10-episode reality show, “Planet of the Apps,” where contestants attempted turn their app ideas into careers, was largely unremarkable.

“They know music and they know apps, and I’m sure they’ll begin to explore other genres,” Jake Wayne, a participant on the show, told Mashable.com. “For now, they’re doing what they know best.”

Maybe, but Apple is leaving its tech comfort zone and creating a sizeable beachhead in Hollywood. It is building a 128,000-square foot media complex on the former Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer grounds in Culver City, Calif.

Last summer, Cue hired Sony Pictures Television executives Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg – 15-year veterans behind programs such as “Breaking Bad,” (AMC Networks) spinoff “Better Call Saul,” (Netflix) “The Crown,” (Netflix) “Damages,” “The Blacklist,” “Sneaky Pete” (Amazon) and “Rescue Me,” among others.

“We have exciting plans in store for customers and can’t wait for [Erlicht and Van Amburg] to bring their expertise to Apple,” Cue said at the time.

Indeed, the executives reportedly oversee a staff of more than 40, charged with operating original content divisions around drama, children, South America and European programing.

Production deals with Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, Steven Spielberg, Damien Chazelle, M. Night Shyamalan, Kristen Wiig and Octavia Spencer highlight more than 12 original programs greenlighted for completion.

“We’re all in,” Cue said. “We’re completely all in.”