Prime Video’s ‘Terminal List’ Top New Show, Netflix’s ‘Virgin River’ Top Returning Show Anticipated in July

Prime Video’s “The Terminal List” was the top anticipated new show, Netflix’s “Virgin River” was the most-anticipated returning show, and Disney’s latest Marvel film Thor: Love and Thunder was the top anticipated movie on the Whip Media charts for July.

“The Terminal List,” which starts streaming July 1, is an action thriller series starring Chris Pratt as a Navy SEAL who, after his platoon is ambushed, has conflicting memories of the incident.

“Virgin River,” season four of which debuts on Netflix July 20, is based on the novel series of the same name. It follows Melinda “Mel” Monroe, who goes to work as a midwife and nurse practitioner in the Northern California town of Virgin River.

Thor: Love and Thunder is the latest installment in Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe focused on the superhero Thor, and his fourth solo movie. Directed by Taika Waititi, the film takes place after the events of Avengers: Endgame as Thor (Chris Hemsworth) recruits friends to defeat a villain intent on eliminating all gods.

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TV Time, a Whip Media company, is a free TV and movie viewership tracking app with 21 million global users, according to the company. TV Time’s “Anticipation Report” is based on data from those users.

Most Anticipated New Shows for July:

  1. “The Terminal List” (Prime Video) — July 1
  2. “Resident Evil” (Netflix) — July 14
  3. “Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin” (HBO Max) — July 28
  4. “Black Bird” (Apple TV+) — July 8
  5. “Moonhaven” (AMC+) — July 7

 

Most Anticipated Returning Shows for July:

  1. “Virgin River” (Netflix) — July 20
  2. “American Horror Stories” (Hulu) — July 21
  3. “What We Do in the Shadows” (FX) — July 12
  4. “Solar Opposites” (Hulu) — July 13
  5. “Overlord” (ATX) — July 5

 

Most Anticipated Movies for July:

  1. Thor: Love and Thunder — July 8
  2. Nope — July 22
  3. Minions: The Rise of Gru — July 1
  4. The Gray Man — July 15
  5. DC League of Super-Pets — July 29
  6. Where the Crawdads Sing — July 15
  7. Persuasion — July 15
  8. Mr. Malcolm’s List — July 1
  9. Not Okay — July 29
  10. The Sea Beast — July 8

Netflix Ups Fiscal Love of French Movies

Netflix has reportedly inked new three-year agreements with French film organizations pledging to devote at least 4% of its annual revenue in the region to locally produced movies.

Hailed as “landmark” deals, the agreements with the BLIC (Bureau de liaison des industries cinématographiques), the BLOC (Bureau de liaison des organisations du cinema) and the ARP (Société civile des auteurs réalisateurs producteurs) call for Netflix to invest €40 million ($45.3 million) annually, with a minimum of €30 million ($34 million) for original French-language movies, including pre-financing at least 10 movies annually.

In return, Netflix will have access to French movies 15 months (down from 36 months) after their theatrical debut for an exclusive seven-month window. The deal should also allow Netflix to finally premiere its movies at the Cannes film festival.

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The agreement follows last December’s pact between the Conseil supérieur de l’audiovisuel (CSA) Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime Video and Apple’s iTunes Store mandating the platforms invest at least 20% of their French revenue to locally produced content. The agreements are expected to generate upwards of €300 million ($340 million) in French-based movie spending.

Netflix ended 2021 with more than 74 million paid subscribers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, including more than 8 million subs in France.

Hub: Social Media, Gaming, Online Videos Downsize TV Viewing Time

Social media activities, including online video and separately, video games, continue to eat away at the time consumers spend watching television. New data from Hub Research found that TV and movies account for 48% of all the time consumers say they spend with screen-based entertainment. That’s down 5% from a year ago, and down 11% from 2019.

The stats come from a December 2021 survey of 2,179 U.S. consumers aged 13-74, who watch at least one hour of TV per week and have broadband service. 

Notably, the older the survey respondent, the more time s/he spends in front of the TV. At just 35 years old, Hub saw a significant shift toward the consumption of TV and movies as the primary source of entertainment time. Among respondents over the age of 35, about 60% of their time was spent watching TV and movies.

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“When it comes to sources of screen-based entertainment, younger and older consumers could not be more different,” Peter Fondulas, Hub principal and co-author of the study, said in a statement.

The analyst wonders whether today’s young consumers will always prioritize non-traditional content — or whether they’ll start to resemble older consumers as they grow older.

“Our prediction is that their behaviors are so ingrained that non-traditional content will always be a significant part of their entertainment consumption,” Fondulas said.

Netflix Slates 68 Movie Releases for 2022, Including ‘Knives Out’ Sequel

Netflix on Feb. 3 announced a record film slate of 68 movies in 2022, starring ‘A’-listers such as Christian Bale, Halle Berry, Eddie Murphy, Jamie Foxx, Judd Apatow, Jordan Peele and Ryan Reynolds.

Highlights include the eagerly awaited sequel to Rian Johnson’s Knives Out, with Daniel Craig; the actioner The Gray Man, with Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans; and the epic sci-fi adventure The Mothership, which stars Halle Berry.

For families, there’s Ryan Reynolds, Jennifer Garner, Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldaña in The Adam Project; The School for Good and Evil, with Charlize Theron and Kerry Washington; and Roald Dahl’s Matilda, with Lashana Lynch and Emma Thompson. 

Also in the pipeline are the comedy You People, with Jonah Hill and Eddie Murphy; the return of Millie Bobby Brown and Henry Cavill as sibling detectives in Enola Holmes 2; and two films each starring Adam Sandler (Hustle and Spaceman) and Jamie Foxx (Day Shift and They Cloned Tyrone).

The new Netflix slate also includes directorial debuts from Kenya Barris, Carrie Cracknell, Dev Patel, JJ  Perry, Matthew Reilly and Millicent Shelton.

Netflix in a three-minute teaser gave previews of several of its upcoming films, including Knives Out 2, Enola Holmes 2, Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, and Falling for Christmas with Lindsey Lohan.

The preview features a number of talking up the joys of watching movies at home, including Charlize Theron, who maintains, “Every night is movie night.”

Netflix’s ‘Tiger King’ Top Returning Show, Disney+ Actioner ‘Hawkeye’ Top New Show Anticipated in November

Netflix’s “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem & Madness” was the most anticipated returning show, Disney+ and Marvel’s “Hawkeye” was the top anticipated new show, and Eternals was the top anticipated movie on the Whip Media/TV Time charts for November.

In season two of “Tiger King,” which begins streaming Nov. 17, Joe Exotic is behind bars and Carole Baskin is closing in on ownership of his disreputable zoo, as newfound revelations emerge on the motivations, backstories, and secrets of America’s most notorious big cat owners.

The Disney+ series “Hawkeye,” which debuts Nov. 24, follows the exploits of the title Marvel Comics character played by Jeremy Renner as he works with a young avenger (Hailee Steinfeld) who wants to take over his role.

Disney’s Eternals, hitting movie screens Nov. 5, is debuting only in theaters and not on Disney+ as had some previous features. The latest Marvel Studios superhero film stars Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek, among others.

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TV Time, owned by Whip Media, is a free TV viewership tracking app that tracks consumers’ viewing habits worldwide and is visited by more than 1 million consumers every day, according to the company. TV Time’s “Anticipation Report” is based on data from those users.

Most Anticipated New Shows for November:

  1. “Hawkeye” (2021) (Disney+) — Nov. 24
  2. “The Wheel of Time” (Prime Video) — Nov. 19
  3. “Mayor of Kingstown” (Paramount+) — Nov. 14
  4. “Cowboy Bebop” (2021) (Netflix) — Nov. 19
  5. “The Shrink Next Door” (Apple TV+) — Nov. 12

 

Most Anticipated Returning Shows for November:

  1. “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem & Madness” (Netflix) — Nov. 17
  2. “The Great” (Hulu) — Nov. 19
  3. “Yellowstone” (2018) (Paramount+) — Nov. 7
  4. “Hanna” (Prime Video) — Nov. 24
  5. “Narcos: Mexico” (Netflix) — Nov. 5

 

Most Anticipated Movies for November:

  1. Eternals (Disney) — Nov. 5
  2. Ghostbusters: Afterlife (Sony) — Nov. 19
  3. Red Notice (Netflix) — Nov. 5
  4. Encanto (Disney) — Nov. 24
  5. House of Gucci (MGM) — Nov. 24
  6. Finch (Apple TV+) — Nov. 5
  7. The Harder They Fall (Netflix) — Nov. 3
  8. Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City (Sony) — Nov. 24
  9. King Richard (Warner) — Nov. 19
  10. Spencer (Neon/Topic) — Nov. 5

Netflix’s ‘Locke & Key’ Top Returning Show, ‘Dune’ Top Movie Anticipated in October

Netflix’s “Locke & Key” was the most anticipated returning show, “CSI: Vegas” was the top anticipated new show, and Dune was the top anticipated movie on the TV Time charts for October.

“Locke & Key,” an adaptation of the comic book series, follows three siblings and their mother who move into their ancestral home, Keyhouse, after the father is murdered under mysterious circumstances. The house, they discover, is full of magical keys that may be connected to the father’s death. Season two debuts Oct. 22.

“CSI: Vegas” has stars William Petersen and Jorja Fox returning to their roles in the long-running “CSI” crime drama franchise. It debuts Oct. 6.

Dune, the latest adaptation of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi best-seller, will be released concurrently in theaters and on the HBO Max streaming service Oct. 22. It stars Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson and Zendaya.

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TV Time, owned by Whip Media, is a free TV viewership tracking app that tracks consumers’ viewing habits worldwide and is visited by more than 1 million consumers every day, according to the company. TV Time’s “Anticipation Report” is based on data from those users.

Most Anticipated New Shows for October:

  1. “CSI: Vegas” (CBS) — Oct. 6
  2. “Chucky” (Syfy) — Oct. 12
  3. “4400” (CW) — Oct. 25
  4. “Invasion” (2021) (Apple TV+) — Oct. 22
  5. “Ghosts” (U.S.) (CBS) — Oct. 7

 

Most Anticipated Returning Shows for October:

  1. “Locke & Key” (Netflix) — Oct. 22
  2. “You” (Netflix) — Oct. 15
  3. “Succession” (HBO) — Oct. 17
  4. “Another Life” (2019) (Netflix) — Oct. 14
  5. “Love Life” (2020) (HBO Max) — Oct. 28

 

Most Anticipated Movies for October:

  1. Dune (Warner) — Oct. 22
  2. Venom: Let There Be Carnage (Sony) — Oct. 1
  3. No Time to Die (MGM) — Oct. 8
  4. The Many Saints of Newark (Warner) — Oct. 1
  5. The Guilty (Netflix) — Oct. 1
  6. Halloween Kills (Universal)— Oct. 15
  7. The Last Duel (20th Century Studios)— Oct. 15
  8. Last Night in Soho (Focus)— Oct. 29
  9. The French Dispatch (Searchlight)— Oct. 22
  10. Antlers (Searchlight)— Oct. 29

‘Sex Education’ Top Streaming Original, ‘Shang-Chi’ Top Movie on Weekly TV Time Charts

Netflix’s “Sex Education” led the TV Time chart of top streaming originals and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings the TV Time chart of top movies among U.S. consumers for the week ended Sept. 26.

The British dramedy “Sex Education” follows a socially awkward teen who lives with his sex therapist mom and offers sex advice to his peers. Season three started streaming Sept. 17.

The latest Marvel feature Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is only showing in theaters and has earned nearly $200 million at the box office domestically.

The charts replace TV Time’s weekly binge and rising show charts.

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TV Time, a Whip Media company, is a free TV and movie viewership tracking app with 18 million global users. The streaming originals chart rankings are determined by streaming original TV series with the greatest share of views in the given week, among a balanced panel of U.S. users of the TV Time app. The movie rankings are determined by theatrical or streaming movies with the greatest share of views in the given week, among a balanced panel of U.S. users of the TV Time app.

“Lucifer,” the sixth and final season of which debuted on Netflix Sept. 10, fell to No. 2 on the streaming originals chart. It follows Lucifer’s exploits on Earth.

Apple TV+’s “Ted Lasso,” which garnered four Emmys Sept. 19 including Outstanding Comedy Series, remained at No. 3 on the streaming originals chart. Jason Sudeikis won an Emmy for Lead Actor, Hannah Waddingham for Supporting Actress, and Brett Goldstein for Outstanding Supporting Actor in the series, season two of which began streaming July 23.

At No. 2 on the movies chart was 20th Century Studios’ Free Guy, starring Ryan Reynolds as a bank teller who discovers he is actually a background player in an open-world video game.

Malignant, which debuted in theaters and on HBO Max Sept. 10, fell from No. 1 to No. 3. It’s a possession thriller from director James Wan (The ConjuringInsidious).

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Top Streaming Originals Among U.S. Consumers for the Week Ended Sept. 26:

  1. “Sex Education” — Netflix
  2. “Lucifer” — Netflix
  3. “Ted Lasso” — Apple TV+
  4. “What If …” — Disney+
  5. “Star Wars: Visions” — Disney+ (Season Premiere)
  6. “The Circle” (U.S.) — Netflix
  7. “Only Murders in the Building” — Hulu
  8. “Squid Game” — Netflix
  9. “Titans” (2018) — HBO Max
  10. “Nine Perfect Strangers” — Hulu

 

Top Movies Among U.S. Consumers for the Week Ended Sept. 26:

  1. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings — Disney
  2. Free Guy — 20th Century Studios
  3. Malignant — Warner Bros.
  4. Kate — Netflix
  5. Black Widow — Disney
  6. Candyman — MGM
  7. Old — Universal
  8. Cruella — Disney
  9. The Suicide Squad — Warner Bros.
  10. Cinderella — Amazon Prime Video

‘Lucifer’ Top Streaming Original, ‘Malignant’ Top Movie on Weekly TV Time Charts

Netflix’s “Lucifer” led the TV Time chart of top streaming originals and Malignant the TV Time chart of top movies among U.S. consumers for the week ended Sept. 19.

The charts replace TV Time’s weekly binge and rising show charts.

“Lucifer,” the sixth and final season of which debuted on Netflix Sept. 10, follows Lucifer’s exploits on Earth.

Malignant, which debuted in theaters and on HBO Max Sept. 10, is a possession thriller from director James Wan (The Conjuring, Insidious).

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TV Time, a Whip Media company, is a free TV and movie viewership tracking app with 18 million global users. The streaming originals chart rankings are determined by streaming original TV series with the greatest share of views in the given week, among a balanced panel of U.S. users of the TV Time app. The movie rankings are determined by theatrical or streaming movies with the greatest share of views in the given week, among a balanced panel of U.S. users of the TV Time app.

Disney+’s “What If …?” came in at No. 2 on the streaming originals chart. The Marvel Universe animated anthology series debuted Aug. 11. It explores major Marvel moments had they gone differently.

Apple TV+’s “Ted Lasso,” which garnered four Emmys Sept. 19, including Outstanding Comedy Series, landed at No. 3 on the streaming originals chart. Jason Sudeikis won an Emmy for Lead Actor, Hannah Waddingham for Supporting Actress, and Brett Goldstein for Outstanding Supporting Actor in the series, season two of which began streaming July 23.

Among movies in the top 10, the latest Marvel feature Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, only showing in theaters, took the No. 2 spot, while Netflix’s Kate, an actioner about a poisoned assassin who has less than 24 hours to find out who ordered the hit and exact revenge, landed at No. 3.

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Top Streaming Originals Among U.S. Consumers for the Week Ended Sept. 19:

  1. “Lucifer” — Netflix
  2. “What If …?” — Disney+
  3. “Ted Lasso” — Apple TV+
  4. “Sex Education” — Netflix (Season Premiere)
  5. “The Circle” (U.S.) — Netflix
  6. “Only Murders in the Building” — Hulu
  7. “Titans” — HBO Max
  8. “Nine Perfect Strangers” — Hulu
  9. “Y: The Last Man” — Hulu (Series Premiere)
  10. “Evil” — Paramount+

 

Top Movies Among U.S. Consumers for the Week Ended Sept. 19:

  1. Malignant — Warner Bros.
  2. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings — Disney
  3. Kate — Netflix
  4. The Suicide Squad — Warner Bros.
  5. Cruella — Disney
  6. Cinderella — Amazon Prime Video
  7. Black Widow — Disney
  8. Reminiscence — Warner Bros.
  9. Candyman — MGM
  10. The Voyeurs — Amazon Prime Video

New App Aids in Streaming Movie Search, Discovery

A new app called Picticular promises to help movie fans easily and conveniently find films currently streaming on all platforms as well as upcoming releases. The app also offers recommendations and, in the future, will allow movie ticket sales.

Similarly to a dating app, users can either swipe right or left to accept or reject film choices as suggested by the app’s proprietary AI technology.

Conceived in 2018 and co-founded by serial entrepreneur Todd Courtney, pioneering Google senior executive Marcel Van Lohuizen and former iHeartMedia executive Lasse Hamre, Picticular says its advantage is its laser focus on films and how to easily access them — either on a streaming platform for immediate viewing or for marketing purposes for a new film.

“We’re all film enthusiasts and there were countless times when I just gave up on my search for a film,” Courtney said. “There had to be a better and more convenient way to access films, particularly with the growing universe of streaming platforms. With Picticular, the fun of discovery begins while the frustration ends.”

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Beyond the ability to easily find films on streaming platforms, Picticular also offers:

    • Immediate accessibility of content: Users can click on films in the app and can immediately begin viewing the film on the streaming platform’s app;
    • Friend matching: App allows friends to privately share selections with each other;
    • Ticket purchasing: Moviegoers can soon purchase theater tickets directly from the app;
    • Entertainment news: Movie fans will receive celebrity and entertainment news updates;
    • Recommendations: With proprietary AI technology, the app will provide film suggestions to the user, based on previous selections.

 

Picticular also has established relationships with Hollywood. Most recently, Saban Films, which releases around 30 films per year through Paramount or Lionsgate, has been using the app since last December. For the Mel Gibson film Fatman, Picticular captured comprehensive user data and the trailer had nearly two million views.

“As a studio executive, the benefits are significant,” said Jonathan Saba, SVP of distribution and marketing for Saban Films. “For example, Picticular’s private swiping feed ensures an impulsive decision around each film that ultimately provides us with invaluable data. The app allows for full visibility of past or current films with a critical monetization model and branding opportunities.”

The Home Team Scores

The year 2020 will go down in the history books as the year of COVID-19, a once-in-a-century pandemic that shut down the nation – the world – until scientists could figure out exactly what the hell was going on.

It was also the year when all entertainment became home entertainment. With theaters dark, studios pivoted to premium video-on-demand (PVOD) – which in reality is nothing more than a higher-priced home window – to give consumers an alternative venue to watch their first-run movies.

It’s still too soon to talk definitively about lasting changes brought on by the pandemic. But there are certainly some good, solid, educated guesses that can be made.

First and foremost, the hallowed three-month theatrical window is gone. Out the door. Kaput. It’s been outdated for years; even the biggest theatrical blockbusters typically run out of steam after three or four weeks on the big screen, and there’s no reason in the world other windows have been kept shut for such a long period of time.

As a result, PVOD is not going to go away with the virus. When movie theaters fully reopen, which hopefully won’t be too much longer, they’re still going to be sharing the wealth with other platforms with such familiar acronyms as PVOD, PEST (I never did like that one!), and, of course, SVOD. We must remember that in the wake of the World Health Organization’s March 2020 declaration of a global pandemic, all movies did not go the PVOD route. Several big films were sold to Netflix, beginning with Paramount’s romantic comedy The Lovebirds, the first theatrically canceled film to go straight to a third-party streaming service. And then later in the year came the stunning, and disruptive, announcement by WarnerMedia that its entire 2021 theatrical slate would be released simultaneously to its upstart streaming service, HBO Max, which clearly needed (and still needs) a boost.

Regardless, the common denominator for all these acronyms is home viewing. And that means home entertainment – which Media Play News had a big role in redefining several years back as any filmed content available for on-demand viewing by the consumer,  regardless of whether it was bought or rented on disc or digital or streamed over the Internet – will remain the dominant way people will consume entertainment even when the pandemic is just a distant memory.

As our third annual marketing issue shows,  studios during the pandemic year of 2020 epitomized the expression, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” With theaters out of the picture (literally as well as figuratively), marketing shifted toward home audiences and, invariably, campaigns were either started or completely run by home entertainment marketers.

They were no longer playing second fiddle to their theatrical counterparts; they took the lead and saved what could have been a catastrophic year by eventizing PVOD releases and aggressively mining their catalogs for anniversary and other promotional opportunities.

At several studios, home entertainment marketing teams have been merged with their theatrical and, in some cases, television counterparts to create hybrid marketing organizations geared to the new reality of multi-window, multi-platform releases.

But let’s never forget who got the proverbial ball rolling. When Hollywood was down, it was the home team that stepped up to the plate.