Netflix: New Movie ‘Players’ Tops Weekly Streaming Through Feb. 18

The new relationship comedy Players, starring Gina Rodriguez and Damon Wayans Jr., was the most-streamed weekly content on Netflix with 16.3 million views for the week ended Feb. 18. 

The limited series “One Day,” starring Ambika Mod and Leo Woodall and adapted from David Nicholls’ romance novel, rose to No. 1 with 9.9 million views on the English-language TV chart.

The Swedish natural disaster thriller The Abyss topped all non-English language movies in its debut with 6.9 million views.

And the South Korean crime thriller “A Killer Paradox” rose to the top spot on the non-English language TV chart with 5.5 million views.

Meanwhile, season six of dating show “Love Is Blind” debuted at No. 2 on the English-language TV chart with 6.3 million views. Several returning series showed staying power for the week, including “Griselda,” the limited series starring and executive produced by Sofía Vergara, at No. 3 (5.8 million views); Harlan Coben’s crime thriller “Fool Me Once” at No. 5 (2.3 million views); and the docuseries “American Nightmare” at No. 7 (2.2 million views).

Taylor Tomlinson’s new stand-up comedy special Have It All entered the chart at No. 6 with 2.3 million views. 

Elsewhere, director Sam Esmail’s dystopian thriller Leave the World Behind climbed to No. 5 on the Most Popular Films Chart, clocking 140 million views in its first 73 days on Netflix.

True crime documentary Lover, Stalker, Killer, claimed second place with 14.4 million views, and the docu-drama Einstein and the Bomb, which uses Einstein’s own words only, combining sequences with archive footage of his life as it unfolds across both world wars, and the advent of the atomic age, debuted in fourth place with 8.5 million views.

DreamWorks Animation’s Orion and the Dark, the animated family film directed by Sean Charmatz, took sixth place in its third week on the chart with 7 million views.

Turkish romantic thriller Ashes came in No. 2 with 6.4 million views on the non-English-language movie chart, ahead of new Polish comedy Kill Me If You Dare at No. 3  with 5.8 million views, and Indian thriller Bhakshak in fourth place with 5.1 million views. Spain’s two-time Oscar nominee and 12-time Goya Award winner Society of the Snow spent its seventh week on the chart at No. 6 with 3.1 million views.

New non-English-language TV chart titles included Japanese thriller “The House of Ninjas” at No. 2 with 4.2 million views; season three of Brazilian thriller, “Good Morning, Veronica,” finished No. 3 (3.5 million views); season two of Jordanian teen drama, “AlRawabi School for Girls,” finished No. 5 with 1.9 million views, and Portuguese adventure, “Luz: The Light of the Heart,” finished No. 8 with 1.4 million views.

Kaleidescape Hires Tom Vaughan as VP of Engineering

Kaleidescape, a designer and manufacturer of home movie servers and players, has appointed Tom Vaughan VP of engineering.

Tom Vaughan

“Tom brings more than 30 years of experience in the media and entertainment industry to Kaleidescape engineering,” Tayloe Stansbury, CEO of Kaleidescape, said in a statement. “With a robust career in driving innovation for image and sound technology that has had a profound impact on the industry, Tom will play an essential role in furthering Kaleidescape’s aggressive product roadmap.”

“Kaleidescape engineering has accomplished amazing feats over the past two decades, trailblazing industry firsts that are now best practices used by the digital media and entertainment market today,” Vaughan said in a statement. “I am excited about the opportunity to lead Kaleidescape’s engineering efforts, build on its success, and usher in the next generation of product capabilities.”

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Vaughan started his career in the compact disc industry, building and managing mastering operations for CBS Records. Later, he led development of DVD manufacturing capability at Cinram. From 2002 to 2012 he led product management of multimedia software at Roxio, CyberLink, and Corel. In 2013 he joined MulticoreWare, where he led development of x265, the video encoder used by most leading video services. Most recently, Tom was VP of strategy at Beamr, a leading developer of commercial video encoder and image optimization software.

He holds a B.S. in electrical and computer engineering and an M.B.A. from Drexel University.