Billie Eilish Concert Film to Premiere Exclusively on Disney+ Sept. 3

The Billie Eilish concert film Happier than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles will premiere globally Sept. 3 on Disney+.

Off the heels of her new album Happier than Ever, the Disney+ original will feature a performance of every song  in the album’s sequential order — for the first and only time — from the stage of the Hollywood Bowl. Directed by Robert Rodriguez and by Oscar-winner Patrick Osborne, the special will also include animated elements, taking viewers on a dreamlike journey through Billie’s hometown of Los Angeles and its most iconic backdrops. Happier than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles features Finneas, the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by music and artistic director Gustavo Dudamel, and world renowned Brazilian guitarist Romero Lubambo, with orchestra arrangements by David Campbell.

“Disney is incredibly iconic, so to collaborate on something like this is a huge honor,” said Eilish in a statement. “To be able to present my album in this way and dedicate it to the city that I love and grew up in is so exciting to me. I hope you love it.”

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“We are all huge admirers of Billie and Finneas here in our household. They are such impressive, world class talents that it’s a real honor to work with them on this film,” said Rodriguez in a statement. “The way the narrative story and animated pieces weave through her incredible concert performance, makes this a spectacular event that is truly unique.”

“Billie has captivated fans around the world with her soulful voice and raw, honest lyrics, and we are proud to bring this incredibly cinematic and unique concert experience to Disney+,” said Michael Paull, president, Disney+ and ESPN+, in a statement.

Parrot Research: Demand for Emmy-Nominated Titles Has Grown Over Past Five Years

The average U.S. audience demand for TV series nominated for five or more major Emmys has grown 65.5% in the last half decade, according to new data from Parrot Analytics.

The demand for top Emmy nominees has grown from 11.3 times more in-demand than the average show in 2017 to 18.7 times more in-demand for this year’s top nominees.

In 2017 Emmy voters rewarded more character-focused drama and comedy series such as “Veep,” “Silicon Valley” and “Better Call Saul.” While these series did have loyal fanbases, they only cracked the lower levels of Parrot’s “Outstanding” category of audience demand.

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With Disney+’s “WandaVision” and “The Mandalorian” racking up a combined 13 major Emmy nominations (and 46 overall) and Amazon Prime’s “The Boys” getting a nom for Best Drama, 2021 is by far the Emmys’ most crowd-pleasing year of the streaming era, according to Parrot.

“Emmy voters have traditionally stuck with the same series and talent year after year when it comes to nominations, even if those shows or talent don’t win,” said Parrot Analytics senior strategy analyst Julia Alexander. “But the proliferation of streaming and increase in audience demand for genre shows across new platforms have become seemingly impossible for the Academy to ignore.”

Disney+’s ‘Monsters at Work’ Top Rising Show, ‘Atypical’ Top Binge Show on TV Time Charts

Disney+’s “Monsters at Work” was the top rising show, while Netflix’s “Atypical” was the top binge show on the TV Time charts for the week ended July 11.

“Monsters at Work” debuted on Disney+ July 7. Featuring the voices of Billy Crystal and John Goodman, the series follows the characters of the animated “Monsters, Inc.” franchise.

“Atypical,” season four of which debuted July 9, is a coming-of-age story following Sam (Keir Gilchrist), a young man on the autism spectrum, as he searches for love and independence. The series also was No. 4 on the Shows on the Rise chart.

“Elite,” a Spanish series is about an elite prep school, took the silver on the binge chart. Season four of the series came out on Netflix June 18.

Coming in at No. 2 on the rising show chart was Netflix’s “I Think You Should Leave With Tim Robinson,” a comedy series featuring the “Saturday Night Live” alum. Season two of the show hit screens July 6.

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Top Binge Shows Week Ended July 11 by Share of Binges:

  1. “Atypical” (Netflix) — 4.63%
  2. “Elite” (Netflix) — 3.58%
  3. “One Piece” (Fuji TV) — 1.87%
  4. “Too Hot to Handle” (Netflix) — 1.80%
  5. “Modern Family” (ABC U.S.) — 1.70%
  6. “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC U.S.) — 1.62%
  7. “Sex/Life” (Netflix) — 1.41%
  8. “Virgin River” (Netflix) — 1.29%
  9. “Lucifer” (Netflix) — 1.20%
  10. “Friends” (NBC) — 1.15%

 

Top “Shows on the Rise” Week Ended July 11 by Rise Ratio:

  1. “Monsters at Work” (Disney+) — 100%
  2. “I Think You Should Leave With Tim Robinson” (Netflix) — 97.1%
  3. “Biohackers” (Netflix) — 96.2%
  4. “Atypical” (Netflix) — 96.2%
  5. “Virgin River” (Netflix) — 92.7%
  6. “Love Island” (U.S.) (CBS) — 90.6%
  7. “Marvel Studios: Legends” (Disney+) — 84.6%
  8. “Rashash” (Shahid UAE) — 83.7%
  9. “Big Brother” (U.S.) (CBS) — 82.5%
  10. “MasterChef” (BR) (Rede Bandeirantes) — 81.4%

Netflix Extends Relationship With Shonda Rhimes

Netflix has extended its relationship with writer/producer Shonda Rhimes.

The pact expands the current deal with Rhimes, her company Shondaland as well as her long-standing producing partner Betsy Beers. The newly expanded partnership will give Netflix and Shondaland Media the opportunity to exclusively produce, stream and distribute feature films as well as potential gaming and virtual reality content. The pact currently includes a branding and merchandise deal for Shondaland Media content, which will now add live events and experiences.

Under the new deal, Netflix is also investing in and providing the financial and technical infrastructure to support Shondaland’s mission to create DEIA (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility) programs that can increase industry workplace representation for underrepresented groups both domestically and in the United Kingdom.

Inspired by the best-selling series of romance novels by Julia Quinn, Shondaland’s “Bridgerton” was watched by 82 Million member households around the world in its first 28 days on Netflix. “Bridgerton” season two is currently in production and set to launch in 2022.  Netflix has already renewed the series for seasons three and four.

It was also recently announced that the “Bridgerton-verse” will expand with an all-new limited series based on the origins of Queen Charlotte. While the series will center on the rise of a young Queen Charlotte, it will also tell the stories of young Violet Bridgerton and Lady Danbury. Shonda Rhimes will write the series and serve as executive producer alongside Betsy Beers and Tom Verica.

The upcoming series “Inventing Anna,” which was created by Rhimes and executive produced by Rhimes and Betsy Beers, is set to bow in 2022. The Shondaland limited series stars Julia Garner, Anna Chlumsky, Katie Lowes, Laverne Cox and Alexis Floyd. David Frankel directs the first episode.

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Shondaland Media’s Netflix documentary Dance Dreams: Hot Chocolate Nutcracker chronicling the legendary choreographer ​and director ​Debbie Allen premiered on Netflix in November 2020.

“When Ted [Sarandos] and I decided to break the traditional network TV business model to move Shondaland to Netflix, we were both taking a leap into the unknown,” Rhimes said in a statement. “Today, Shondaland at Netflix is creatively thriving, profitable as an asset and engaging audiences around the world with stories that fearlessly challenge viewers and keep them highly entertained all at once. Ted, Bela [Bajaria] and the entire team at Netflix have been tremendous partners during every step of the process, supporting my creative vision and showing a continued dedication to the innovation that has made Netflix such a powerhouse. The Shondaland team and I are thrilled and excited to be expanding our relationship with our content partners at Netflix.”

“Shonda makes shows that get the world talking, and we’ve seen the power of her creative vision to translate in any language,” Bajaria said in a statement. “Shonda’s a brilliant businesswoman and a terrific partner and we’re thrilled to expand our relationship with her for years to come. On a personal note, I’m especially invested in the mentorship and pipeline programs we will support, as I’ve seen firsthand how the power of mentorship can transform careers and lives — and I’m excited by the possibility of what that can look like in Shonda’s hands.”

Doc Series ‘Through Our Eyes’ Debuting on HBO Max July 22

The documentary series “Through Our Eyes,” spotlighting the perspectives of children as they experience some of the most challenging issues facing families today, will begin streaming exclusively on HBO Max July 22.

The series explores issues of homelessness, parental incarceration, military caregiving and climate displacement in four 30-minute films designed for adults and as a co-viewing experience for kids ages 9 and older. The series is produced by Sesame Workshop, with each episode directed by lauded filmmakers.

Episode 101 “Through Our Eyes: Apart” looks at the effects of incarceration. One in 14 American children will experience the incarceration of a parent, and 2.7 million children have a parent in prison right now. This introspective portrait shows the effect of incarceration on families. “Apart” shares the experiences of three resilient children navigating the complex emotional challenges of their parents’ incarceration as their families work to provide stability and support. The episode is directed by Primetime Emmy award-winners Geeta Gandbhir (I Am Evidence, Call Center Blues) and Rudy Valdez (The Sentence). It had its world premiere at the 2021 Provincetown Film Festival.

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Episode 102 “Through Our Eyes: Uprooted” looks at the effects of climate change. Since 2016, millions of people in the United States have been displaced by weather-related disasters that are occurring more frequently and with greater intensity. In “Uprooted,” two children in Iowa face the loss of their family farm due to climate change, while a third in Texas waits for her hurricane-damaged home to be rebuilt. The film is directed by news and documentary Emmy Award nominee Talleah Bridges McMahon (Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise, My Name is Pauli Murray).

Episode 103 “Through Our Eyes: Homefront” looks at the experiences of service member families. There are currently 1.9 million service members and veterans relying on caregiver support in the United States, and 3.4 million children live in the homes of these caregivers. In “Homefront,” three children of veteran families cope with the emotional impact of having a wounded parent, navigate the unique challenges of visible and invisible injuries sustained during military service, and embark on the family’s journey toward healing. The episode is directed by news and documentary Emmy Award winner Kristi Jacobson (A Place at the Table, Solitary).

Episode 104 “Through Our Eyes: Shelter” looks at homelessness. It follows three unhoused children and their parents in Los Angeles as they navigate housing insecurity. While each family’s circumstance is different, they are bound by love and a common determination to keep their dreams alive.  The film, which won the AFI Docs Audience Award for Best Short, is directed by Academy Award nominee Smriti Mundhra (St. Louis Superman, A Suitable Girl).

Zack Snyder to Direct Sci-fi Adventure ‘Rebel Moon’ for Netflix

Zack Snyder will direct the upcoming sci-fi adventure Rebel Moon for Netflix from a script written by Snyder, Shay Hatten and Kurt Johnstad.

In the film, when a peaceful colony on the edge of the galaxy finds itself threatened by the armies of the tyrannical Regent Balisarius, they dispatch a young woman with a mysterious past to seek out warriors from neighboring planets to help them take a stand.

This marks the fifth collaboration with Netflix and Shay Hatten, who previously wrote Netflix’s Army of the Dead with Zack Snyder, and three upcoming films, the German-language prequel Army of Thieves starring and directed by Matthias Schweighöfer, anime spin-off Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas, and the vampire-hunting film Day Shift starring Jamie Foxx.

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Producers on the film are Deborah Snyder, Wesley Coller and Zack Snyder for The Stone Quarry; and Eric Newman for Grand Electric. Executive  producer is Sarah Bowen for Grand Electric.

This marks a reunion for Newman, Snyder and Netflix’s Scott Stuber. Newman drafted Snyder to direct his first film, Dawn of the Dead, in 2004. Stuber oversaw that film in his then role of vice-chairman of Universal.

The film continues Netflix’s relationship with the Snyders and Stone Quarry who just produced zombie thriller Army of the Dead. The film, helmed by Snyder, is one of Netflix’s top 10 most watched films, according to the streamer.

Netflix’s ‘Mortel’ Top Rising Show, ‘Elite’ Top Binge Show on TV Time Charts

Teens ruled the TV Time charts for the week ended July 4, with Netflix’s “Mortel” the top rising show and the service’s “Elite” again the top binge.

The French series “Mortel,” season two of which debuted July 2, follows teens dealing with gods and demons.

“Elite,” season four of which came out June 18, is a Spanish series about an elite prep school. In the latest season, with the arrival of a new principal and his kids — Ari, Mencia and Patrick — comes a new mystery after Ari is found close to death.

Coming in at No. 2 on the binge chart was Netflix’s reality series “Too Hot to Handle,” season two of which debuted June 23. The competition series follows couples on a vacation getaway who must abstain from physical relations to win a $100,000 prize.

Another reality series, “Love Island,” took the silver on the rising show chart. The series follows men and women who must pair up to stay in the competition.

Coming in at No. 3 on the rising show chart was HBO Max’s “The Flight Attendant,” a black comedy based on the best-selling book and starring Kaley Cuoco.

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Top Binge Shows Week Ended July 4 by Share of Binges:

  1. “Elite” (Netflix) — 6.07%
  2. “Too Hot to Handle” (Netflix) — 4.46%
  3. “One Piece” (Fuji TV) — 1.79%
  4. “Modern Family” (ABC U.S.) — 1.69%
  5. “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC U.S.) — 1.62%
  6. “Sex/Life” (Netflix) — 1.59%
  7. “Lucifer” (Netflix) — 1.43%
  8. “Lupin” (Netflix) — 1.29%
  9. “Friends” (NBC) — 1.19%
  10. “The Seven Deadly Sins” (MBS) — 1.04%

 

Top “Shows on the Rise” Week Ended July 4 by Rise Ratio:

  1. “Mortel” (Netflix) — 97.8%
  2. “Love Island” (ITV2) — 84.4%
  3. “The Flight Attendant” (HBO Max) — 81.9%
  4. “Black Lightning” (The CW) — 74.2%
  5. “Sex/Life” (Netflix) — 57.6%
  6. “So I’m a Spider, So What?” (AT-X) — 46%
  7. “Too Hot to Handle” (Netflix) — 41.7%
  8. “The Seven Deadly Sins” (MBS) — 33.1%
  9. “Adventure Time” (Cartoon Network) — 20.8%
  10. “Sex and the City” (HBO) — 19.9%

 

Disney+ Reveals Details for ‘Star Wars: Visions’ Anime Series to Debut Sept. 22

At Anime Expo Lite July 3, Disney+ announced seven Japanese anime studios working on “Star Wars: Visions” — a collection of animated short films from Lucasfilm that will stream exclusively on Disney+ Sept. 22.

They are Kamikaze Douga, Geno Studio (Twin Engine), Studio Colorido (Twin Engine), Trigger, Kinema Citrus, Science Saru, and Production IG.

Lucasfilm’s Jacqui Lopez (executive producer), James Waugh (executive producer), Josh Rimes (executive producer), and Qubic Pictures’ Justin Leach (co-executive producer) and Kanako Shirasaki (producer) were on hand to reveal each studio and give fans a special look at the environment and concept art as they debuted the title and first details of each short.

The shorts are The Duel (Kamikaze Douga), Lop and Ochō (Geno Studio, Twin Engine), Tatooine Rhapsody (Studio Colorido, Twin Engine), The Twins (Trigger), The Elder (Trigger),  The Village Bride (Kinema Citrus), Akakiri (Science Saru),  T0-B1 (Science Saru) and The Ninth Jedi (Production IG).

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“As a first formal venture into anime, each ‘Star Wars: Visions’ short bears a unique Japanese sensibility, which in many ways aligns with the tone and spirit of Star Wars storytelling,” according to Disney+. “From the beginning, stories told in the Star Wars galaxy have counted Japanese mythology and the films of Akira Kurosawa among their many influences, and these new visions will further explore that cultural heritage through the unique animation style and perspective of each anime studio.”

Disney+ to Debut New Animated ‘Loki,’ ‘Simpsons’ Crossover Short July 7

Disney+ has announced The Good, The Bart, and The Loki, a new Marvel-themed short from “The Simpsons” premiering July 7.

In the new short coming exclusively to Disney+, Loki is banished from Asgard once again and must face his toughest opponents yet — the Simpsons and Springfield’s mightiest heroes — as the God of Mischief teams up with Bart Simpson in the crossover production.

Tom Hiddleston, star of the series “Loki” on Disney+, provides the voice of Loki.

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The Good, The Bart, and The Loki is the second in a series of Disney+ shorts from “The Simpsons” that highlight the service’s brands and titles. The previously released “Star Wars”themed short Maggie Simpson in ‘The Force Awakens from Its Nap’ is now streaming on Disney+.

New episodes of Marvel Studios’ original series “Loki” stream Wednesdays on Disney+.

‘Loki’ Top Show in Nearly Every Territory, According to New Global Streaming Original Chart

Disney+’s “Loki” was the top original streaming show in nearly every territory tracked June 7-20 in a global demand chart created under a new data agreement.

The new bi-monthly report, the Global Intelligence Tracker, is a collaboration between Whip Media and the Entertainment Globalization Association (EGA). The chart ranks the most viewed streaming original television series among U.S. viewers and highlights their corresponding performance in other key global streaming markets, showcasing how viewing varies by territory.

The EGA was founded in 2020 by Chris Fetner, formerly Netflix’s global director of postproduction partnerships and integrations.

The report is compiled utilizing Whip Media’s proprietary global panel of consumers who report what programs they follow and watch and, further, how they feel about those shows. The panel is made up of 17 million viewers in more than 170 countries and provides data on more than 4.5 million movie and TV episodes on 1,100 global platforms.

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“We know there is a global audience for content but as streaming platforms expand internationally, a barrier to entry still exists for many of their TV shows and localization has become more important than ever,” Chris Fetner, EGA managing director, said in a statement. “The Global Intelligence Tracker is the first report of its kind to identify where these barriers exist and provide actionable data to improve viewership. We’re excited to partner with Whip Media to provide this unique data to our members to help them share great stories around the world.”

“We’re thrilled to be working with Chris and the impressive membership of the EGA,” Carol Hanley, president of Whip Media, said in a statement. “By leveraging Whip Media’s extensive insights on how consumers watch and engage with programming on a country level, together we’re providing EGA members a new tool that will allow them to make smarter localization and licensing decisions for their content. The data will not only help them evaluate the demand for their content on a global basis but also see the demand for competitive content.”

At launch, the Global Intelligence Tracker will provide a list of the top 10 most viewed original TV series on leading U.S. streaming platforms and benchmark their viewership against countries in Eastern and Western Europe and Latin America, with additional markets coming soon. The Global Intelligence Tracker is available on the EGA and Whip Media websites and will be distributed through the EGA member newsletter.