Netflix Creating Feature About Viral Story of Thanksgiving Text

Netflix is producing a feature film based on the true story that went viral about a Thanksgiving text between two strangers.

The film will be based on the story of Jamal Hinton and Wanda Dench, who met after Wanda accidentally texted Hinton instead of her grandson, inviting him to Thanksgiving dinner. When Hinton, a senior in high school, accepted the invitation anyway, they formed a deep friendship despite their very different backgrounds.

Dench and Hinton have spent each Thanksgiving together since 2016.

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“We are excited to share our story with the world,” Dench and Hinton said in a statement. “We hope it inspires more people to reach out and make connections that they wouldn’t ordinarily make. We are so blessed to find a genuine friendship brought together by God from a mistaken text message.”

Netflix’s ‘The Witcher’ Top Returning Show, Disney+’s ‘Book of Boba Fett’ Top New Show Anticipated in December

Netflix’s “The Witcher” was the most anticipated returning show, Disney+’s “The Book of Boba Fett” was the top anticipated new show, and Sony’s Spider-Man: No Way Home was the top anticipated movie on the Whip Media chart for December.

Netflix took all five spots on the returning shows chart, and none of the spots on the new shows chart.

Netflix’s “The Witcher,” which begins streaming its second season Dec. 17, is a fantasy drama based on the book series. It stars Henry Cavill as the witcher Geralt, a mutated monster hunter.

“The Book of Boba Fett” debuts Dec. 29. It follows the exploits of bounty hunter Boba Fett in the “Star Wars” universe.

Spider-Man: No Way Home, only in theaters starting Dec. 15, is the third film starring Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, and also stars Zendaya. With Spider-Man’s identity revealed, Peter asks for help from Doctor Strange.

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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 December:

  1. “The Book of Boba Fett” (Disney+) — Dec. 29
  2. “1883” (Paramount+) — Dec. 19
  3. “And Just Like That…” (HBO Max) — Dec. 9
  4. “Station Eleven” (HBO Max) — Dec. 16
  5. “Abbott Elementary” (ABC) — Dec. 7


Most Anticipated Returning Shows for December:

  1. “The Witcher” (Netflix) — Dec. 17
  2. “Emily in Paris” (Netflix) — Dec. 22
  3. “Cobra Kai” (Netflix) — Dec. 31
  4. “Crime Scene” (2021) (Netflix) — Dec. 29
  5. “Lost in Space” (2018) (Netflix) — Dec. 1


Most Anticipated Movies for December:

  1. Spider-Man: No Way Home — Dec. 15
  2. The Matrix Resurrections — Dec. 22
  3. The King’s Man — Dec. 22
  4. Don’t Look Up — Dec. 24
  5. Sing 2 — Dec. 22
  6. West Side Story — Dec. 10
  7. Nightmare Alley — Dec. 17
  8. The Power of the Dog — Dec. 1
  9. The Unforgivable — Dec. 10
  10. Jujutsu Kaisen O — Dec. 24

Netflix Fulfills $100 Million Cash Commitment to Black Financial Institutions

Netflix Dec. 1 announced it has completed a pledge to contribute 2% of its free cash, about $100 million, to black banks and related financial institutions by the end of 2021.

In a post, Netflix treasurer Shannon Alwyn, and Aaron Mitchell, director of human resources for Netflix Animation Studios, wrote the funds would translate into more home and small-business loans within the black community.

With reports about continuing discriminatory practices in lending and home loans toward blacks, Netflix and co-CEO Reed Hastings last year pledged to help narrow the gap. Indeed, the national black poverty rate (22%) in 2019 was more than double the white poverty rate (9%) in the U.S., according to a Kaiser Family Foundation study.

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Separately, Hastings and his wife, Patty Quillin, are donating $120 million to educational institutions dedicated to students of color. The contributions include $40 million each to the United Negro College Fund and private colleges Spelman and Morehouse in Atlanta.

Netflix has been an early investor ($10 million) in Hope Credit Union, a community development financial institution serving underserved communities in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.

Other institutions receiving funds include: $25 million to the Black Economic Development Fund, managed by the Local Initiatives Support Corporation; $10 million with The Change Company; $25 million with the Enterprise Community Impact Note; $10 million with OneUnitedBank; and $20 million with Calvert Impact Capital’s Community Investment Note.

The funds are earmarked to support housing and community development projects focused on U.S. black, indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) communities.

“To help close the wealth gap, we need more companies to join this movement,” Alwyn and Mitchell wrote. “Together, we can contribute to more healing and progress for Black communities.”

Other companies that have contributed, according to Netflix, include PayPal, Costco, Square, and McKinsey and Company.

To expand awareness of its financial contributions, Netflix is streaming the first episode of new Web series “Banking on Us,” titled “Investing in the Black Community” for free on its YouTube channel.

Halle Berry Inks Multi-Picture Deal With Netflix

Halle Berry, whose directorial debut Bruised was Netflix’s No. 1 film of the week in the United States and No. 2 globally, has signed a multi-picture deal with the service.

The partnership will see Berry star in and produce new films.

Bruised was No. 1 in 21 countries in its first five days. In the film, Berry stars in the story of a fighter who reclaims her power, in and out of the ring, when everyone has counted her out.

Outside of the deal, Berry will next be seen in two upcoming Netflix features, the sci-fi film The Mothership from writer/director Matt Charman, which Berry will also executive produce, and the action film Our Man From Jersey alongside Mark Wahlberg.

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“My directorial debut Bruised was a labor of love and I knew that Scott [Stuber] and Ted [Sarandos] would treat it with great care,” Berry said in a statement. “The Netflix team has not only been collaborative and creative, but extremely passionate and a delight to work with. I am beyond grateful for the partnership and look forward to telling more stories together.”

“There are few people with a career like Halle Berry,” Scott Stuber, head of global film, said in a statement. “She’s an award winning actress, producer and as audiences saw this past week, she’s an incredible director. We’re thrilled to be in her corner as she delivers power in front of and behind the camera in Bruised and look forward to telling more stories together.” 

‘Red Notice,’ ‘Hawkeye’ Top Weekly Whip Media Streaming Charts

Netflix’s Red Notice again led the Whip Media chart of top streaming movies, while the Disney+ series “Hawkeye” led the chart of top streaming originals among U.S. consumers the week ended Nov. 28.

Red Notice is an action adventure starring Ryan Reynolds, Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot. It started streaming on Netflix Nov. 12.

The Marvel Universe-based series “Hawkeye” debuted on Disney+ Nov. 24. It follows the exploits of the title Marvel character played by Jeremy Renner as he works with a young avenger (Hailee Steinfeld) who wants to take over his role.

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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.

Repeating at No. 2 on the streaming movies chart was Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which became available for digital viewing at no additional cost to Disney+ subscribers Nov. 12. The 25th entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe stars Simu Liu in the title role, a hero who must face the past he thought he left behind and confront his father Xu Wenwu (Tony Leung), leader of the dangerous Ten Rings organization. Awkwafina also stars.

Taking the bronze on the streaming movies chart was Jungle Cruise, also streaming on Disney+. Based on the classic Disneyland ride, the film stars Dwayne Johnson as Frank, the skipper of an Amazon River tour boat, who is recruited by explorer Lily Houghton (Emily Blunt), who seeks an ancient tree with mythical healing abilities.

Landing at No. 2 on the streaming originals chart was Prime Video’s “The Wheel of Time,” which debuted Nov. 19. It’s a fantasy series based on a book series of the same name.

Coming in at No. 3 on the streaming originals chart was Hulu’s “The Great,” season two of which debuted Nov. 19. It loosely follows the life of Russia’s Catherine the Great.

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Top Streaming Originals Among U.S. Consumers for the Week Ended Nov. 28:

  1. “Hawkeye” — Disney+ (Series Premiere)
  2. “The Wheel of Time” — Prime Video
  3. “The Great” — Hulu
  4. “Cowboy Bebop” 2021 — Netflix
  5. “Tiger King” — Netflix
  6. “Hanna” — Prime Video (Season Premiere)
  7. “Selling Sunset” — Netflix (Season Premiere)
  8. “You” — Netflix
  9. “Arcane” — Netflix
  10. “The Morning Show” — Apple TV+


Top Streaming Movies Among U.S. Consumers for the Week Ended Nov. 28:

  1. Red Notice — Netflix
  2. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings — Disney+
  3. Jungle Cruise — Disney+
  4. Dune: Part One — HBO Max
  5. King Richard — HBO Max
  6. 8-Bit Christmas — HBO Max
  7. Love Hard — Netflix
  8. Jonas Brothers Family Roast — Netflix
  9. Tick, Tick … Boom! — Netflix
  10. Black Widow — Disney+

Samba TV: Netflix’s ‘Bruised’ Topped Weekend (Nov. 28) Streaming

The Netflix original movie Bruised led all streaming content through Nov. 28 — including the premiere episode of “Hawkeye” on Disney+ — according to new data from Samba TV, which tracks more than 46 million opted-in televisions globally, including 28 million in the United States.

In the film directed by Oscar-winner Halle Berry, a disgraced MMA fighter finds redemption in the cage and the courage to face her demons when the son she had given up as an infant unexpectedly reenters her life.

The movie tracked 1.7 million U.S. households in its first five days of release (Nov. 23 – 28). The U.S. audience skewed female (+11%), younger (44 and below), black (+88%) and Hispanic (+29%). Of the top 25 largest designated market areas, Raleigh, N.C., over-indexed the most (+33%), followed by Atlanta (+28%) and Chicago (+26%).
About 1.5 million U.S. households streamed the first episode of “Hawkeye,” the fifth television series in the Marvel Cinematic Universe produced by Marvel Studio, and starring Jeremy Renner and Hailee Steinfeld. Another 1.3 million U.S. homes streamed the second episode.
The U.S. audience of the first episode skewed slightly female (+4%) and slightly white (+1%). Of the top 25 largest DMAs, Portland, Ore., over-indexed the most (+34%), followed by Seattle (+31%) and Philadelphia (+21%).
Other top-streaming shows included Netflix’s A Castle for Christmas, which generated 743,000 U.S. homes during its first three days of release. Of the top 25 largest DMAs, Portland over-indexed the most (+42%), followed by Sacramento, Calif., (+33%) and Tampa (+28%).
Finally, 580,000 U.S. households streamed “Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses.” The audience skewed slightly female (+2%) and white (+12%). Of the top 25 largest DMAs, Pittsburgh over-indexed the most (+75%), followed by Orlando (+63%) and St. Louis (+47%).

Kevin Hart Drama Miniseries ‘True Story’ Tops Netflix Chart

The Netflix original crime miniseries True Story, starring Kevin Hart as a comedian desperately searching for a way out after a night in Philadelphia with his brother (Wesley Snipes) threatens to sabotage more than his success, led all U.S. content consumed on the streamer through Nov. 29, according to

Other top-streamed TV shows, in order, included “Selling Sunset,” “Queen of Flow,” “Cowboy Bebop” and “Nisser.”

Mixed Martial Arts drama Bruised, from first-time director Halle Berry, finished atop Netflix’s most-streamed domestic movies. The movie topped A Castle for Christmas and Red Notice.

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Globally, Red Notice remained the most-streamed movie, while South Korea’s “Hellbound” retained its No. 1 standing among episodic programming — ahead of True Story, “Arcane,” “Squid Game” and “Selling Sunset.”

Nielsen: Netflix’s ‘You’ Tops Weekly (Oct. 31) Streaming Chart, Despite Shedding 42% Viewing Time

The Netflix original show “You” again led all series and movies streamed across U.S. household televisions for the week ended Oct. 31, according to new data from Nielsen. Starring Penn Badgley as a dangerously charming obsessive young man, who goes to extreme measures to insert himself into the lives of those he fixates on, “You” generated more than 1.5 billion minutes streamed across 30 episodes. That was down 42% from almost 2.8 billion minutes streamed in the week ended Oct. 24.

Regardless, the three-season series held off Netflix’s surging “Locke & Key” with 1.06 billion minutes, as well as enduring South Korean social phenomenon “Squid Game” with 1.02 billion minutes.

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The Disney+ movie Hocus Pocus topped all streamed movies with 471 million minutes, while licensed children’s series “Cocomelon” led all acquired shows with 807 million minutes across 15 episodes.

“‘Cocomelon’ is really interesting, because it splits viewing between ages 2-11 and 18-35 across multicultural lines,” Brian Fuhrer, SVP of product strategy, said on a podcast.

Fuhrer said the audience breakdown, which included 40% Hispanic and 25% black, mirrored the viewing audience for Netflix’s “Maya and the Three,” which tracked 481 million minutes across nine episodes.

*Squid game includes viewing to English and Korean versions.
Source: Nielsen Streaming Content Ratings (Amazon Prime, Disney+, Hulu, Netflix and Apple TV+), Nielsen National TV Panel, U.S. Viewing through Television.


Original Shows:


SVOD Provider


Program Name


Number of Episodes


Minutes Streamed

1 Netflix You 30 1,551
2 Netflix Locke & Key 20 1,068
3 Netflix Squid Game 9 1,020
4 Netflix Maid (2021) 10 718
5 Netflix Maya And The Three 9 481
6 Netflix The Great British Baking Show 71 444
7 Netflix Inside Job 10 277
8 Apple TV+ Ted Lasso 22 275
9 Netflix Midnight Mass 7 268
10 Netflix Gabby’s Dollhouse 25 241

Licensed Shows:


SVOD Provider


Program Name


Number of Episodes


Minutes Streamed

1 Netflix Cocomelon 15 807
2 Netflix Shameless 134 624
3 Netflix Seinfeld 166 587
4 Netflix Criminal Minds 317 549
5 Netflix The Blacklist 169 539
6 Netflix In The Dark 39 538
7 Netflix NCIS 353 527
8 Netflix Greys Anatomy 379 427
9 Netflix Riverdale 96 394
10 Netflix Legacies 48 389





SVOD Provider


Program Name




Minutes Streamed

1 Disney+ Hocus Pocus 1 471
2 Netflix King Arthur: Legend of the Sword 1 324
3 Disney+ Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas 1 309
4 Netflix Army of Thieves 1 294
5 Netflix Hypnotic (2021) 1 239
6 Disney+ Coco 1 196
7 Disney+ Black Widow 1 170
8 Netflix Night Teeth (2021) 1 164
9 Disney+ Moana 1 126
10 Disney+ Luca (2021) 1 121

‘Red Notice’ Is Netflix’s Top-Streamed Movie Ever

The Netflix movie Red Notice has become the streamer’s most-viewed original movie in its history with nearly 278 million hours across its global subscriber footprint. That tops Netflix’s previous record holder Bird Box, the 2018 dystopian drama starring Sandra Bullock.

Red Notice, which stars Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot, had received middling reviews (35%) on social media platform Rotten Tomatoes. But that didn’t stop subs from streaming 129.1 million hours during the first seven days since the film’s Nov. 12 debut.

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“In just 11 days you’ve officially made RED NOTICE the BIGGEST @Netflix FILM EVER. Shattering all records across the board!!!” Johnson posted on his social media blog.

‘Arcane’ Keeps Hold of No. 1 Spot on Parrot’s Digital Originals Chart

Netflix’s animated fantasy series “Arcane” remained No. 1 on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals U.S. chart the week ended Nov. 26. The “League of Legends” prequel had an 8.7% rise in demand expressions, the proprietary metric Parrot uses to gauge a show’s popularity, to give it 50.6 times the demand of an average show. “Arcane” was No. 3 on the list of overall TV shows.

Amazon Prime Video’s “The Wheel of Time” had a huge jump into the top 10, climbing 13 spots to No. 2 on the digital originals chart after its Nov 19 debut. Based on a series of fantasy novels, the show had 45.2 times the demand of an average series after a 99% rise in demand expressions for the week. “The Wheel of Time” was No. 6 on the list of overall TV shows.

Netflix’s perennially popular “Stranger Things” slipped to No. 3 on the digital originals chart, taking 37.7 times average demand after a 5.3% drop in demand expressions.

The Disney+ “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian” dropped to No. 4 on the digital originals chart. It had a 0.6% jump in demand expressions to give it 37.3 times the demand of an average series.

The Apple TV+ soccer comedy “Ted Lasso” slid to No. 5 with a 5.7% drop in demand expressions, recording 29.4 times average demand.

The biggest jump into the top 10 was from the Disney+ Marvel series “Hawkeye,” which rose to No. 10 after taking No. 31 the previous week. The limited series premiered its first two episodes Nov. 24. It had a 48.8% rise in demand expressions to give it 25.3 times average demand.

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

The No. 1 overall TV series in terms of online demand was “SpongeBob SquarePants,” with 74 times average demand.

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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 demand for TV content in a given market 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. Results are expressed as a comparison with the average demand for a TV show of any kind in the market.