Netflix to Bow Romantic Comedy Series Starring Lily Collins

The romantic comedy series “Emily in Paris,” starring Lily Collins, will debut exclusively on Netflix this fall.

Created, written and executive produced by Darren Star (“Sex and the City”), the MTV Studios series follows Emily, an ambitious 20-something marketing executive from Chicago, who unexpectedly lands her dream job in Paris when her company acquires a French luxury marketing company. She is tasked with revamping the social media strategy. Emily’s new life in Paris is filled with adventures and surprising challenges as she juggles winning over her work colleagues, making friends and navigating new romances.

Collins will also serve as producer.

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The series co-stars Ashley Park (Mean Girls on Broadway, “Tales of the City”) and also features Philippine Leroy Beaulieu (“Call My Agent!”), Lucas Bravo (Smart Ass), Samuel Arnold (Antony & Cleopatra), Camille Razat (The 15:17 to Paris) and Bruno Gouery (“Doc Martin”). Recurring cast members include Kate Walsh (“The Umbrella Academy”), William Abadie (Resident Evil: Extinction) and Arnaud Viard (Clara et Moi).

“MTV Studios and I couldn’t hope for a more perfect home for ‘Emily in Paris’ than Netflix. With their international reach, we are excited to share ‘Emily’ with audiences around the world,” Star said in a statement.

HBO Max Greenlights DC Series Based on World of Upcoming ‘The Batman’ Feature

HBO Max has given a series commitment to an original DC drama set in the Gotham City police department from The Batman filmmaker Matt Reeves, “Boardwalk Empire” creator Terence Winter, The Batman producer Dylan Clark, and Warner Bros. Television.

The series, to be written by Winter, is set in the world Reeves is creating for The Batman feature film and will build upon the motion picture’s examination of the anatomy of corruption in Gotham City, ultimately launching a new Batman universe across multiple platforms.

“The series provides an unprecedented opportunity to extend the world established in the movie, and further explore the myriad of compelling and complex characters of Gotham,” according to a press release.

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This marks the first television project for Reeves under his recently announced overall deal with the Warner Bros. Television Group.

“This is an amazing opportunity, not only to expand the vision of the world I am creating in the film, but to explore it in the kind of depth and detail that only a longform format can afford — and getting to work with the incredibly talented Terence Winter, who has written so insightfully and powerfully about worlds of crime and corruption, is an absolute dream,”  Reeves said in a statement.

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“We are so fortunate to have such great partners in Matt, Dylan, and Terry and unprecedented access to a wealth of IP from our partners at Warner Bros. and DC,” Sarah Aubrey, head of original content for HBO Max, said in a statement.

“Our collaboration with Warner Bros. and DC allows us to elaborate and grow fan connections across these powerful brands for years to come,” Kevin Reilly, chief content officer for HBO Max, and president of TNT, TBS and TruTV, said in a statement. “This is Batman as most audiences have never seen before and we know fans will want to spend more time in this new world inspired by the film.”

In addition to helming Warner Bros. Pictures’ The Batman, which will be released in October 2021, Reeves previously co-wrote and directed War for the Planet of the Apes, directed Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, wrote and directed Let Me In, and directed Cloverfield, among other films.

Hulu and FX to Launch ‘The New York Times Presents’ Doc Series

FX and Hulu have partnered to launch the documentary series “The New York Times Presents.”

From the team behind “The Weekly,” which premiered on FX in June 2019, the series will explore breaking news, investigations and character-driven stories featuring reporting from journalists at the paper.

“The New York Times Presents” will feature 10 standalone documentaries that will air on FX and on Hulu on Fridays at 10 p.m., with one episode per month. They include “They Get Brave” on July 10, following doctors and nurses who documented their lives in New York City as the coronavirus hit, and “This Is Dominic Fike: The Next Big Thing?” on Aug. 7, about the making of a pop star in 2020, following a young musician is plucked from obscurity and given a $4 million record deal.

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The series will also feature a documentary about the killing of Breonna Taylor by police in Louisville, Ky., exploring her life and investigating the circumstances of her death.

“The New York Times Presents” is produced by The New York Times and Left/Right, a Red Arrow Studios company. Executive producers are Ken Druckerman, Banks Tarver, Mary Robertson, Jason Stallman, Sam Dolnick and Stephanie Preiss.

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The series is from the team behind the documentary series “The Weekly,” a collection of 30 half-hour documentaries and the paper’s first major foray into television news, currently available on Hulu. “The Weekly” won an Overseas Press Club award for its story on two American bicyclists killed by Isis in central Asia. Its reporting on how a predatory lending scheme had corrupted the taxi industry in New York and elsewhere was part of a body of work that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize.

Study: Average U.S. SVOD Household Has Access to Almost 100,000 Hours of Content

The average U.S. SVOD household has access to almost 100,000 hours of content, delivered via 3.8 different services, according to research from Ampere Analysis.

It would take 11 years to watch it all back-to-back, and nearly 70 years if the average viewer watched an average of four hours per day, according to Ampere. The main factors driving this increase in content availability are consumer uptake of Amazon Prime’s booming portfolio and the addition of new services such as Disney+ to the household mix, according to the study.

SVOD engagement is even more prominent in households with young kids. Those households have access to nearly five different SVOD services, more than any other demographic. This is up significantly from 3.5 in the same period last year, largely due to the launch of Disney+, and the high uptake of the family-friendly service in the group, according to Ampere. The content available to this demographic group via the VOD services in their household now stands at an average of 102,000 hours.

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Even adults who live alone have an average of 3.1 services, with the average one-person SVOD household having 85,500 hours — almost 10 years — of content at their fingertips.

Almost one third of U.S. SVOD households subscribed to Disney+ in Q1 2020. The service comes with a 4,200-hour catalog and thus adds an average of 1,400 hours of content to the typical SVOD household’s portfolio, Ampere noted.

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Amazon has more than doubled its content catalog in the United States since Q3 2017 according to Ampere Analytics data. The 60% of SVOD households who have both Netflix and Amazon accounts can access more than 100,000 hours of TV shows and movies.

“Consumers already have a vast amount of content at their disposal, and a U.S. household who subscribes to both Netflix and Amazon currently has access to more than 100,000 hours of content from those two services alone,” Ampere senior analyst Toby Holleran said in a statement. “As the market fragments further with additional direct-to-consumer services and households hit a spending ceiling, consumers will become more selective about their SVOD choices. The more expensive services, alongside those without a clear brand and proposition, will find the going gets tougher.”

Streaming Service fuboTV Q1 Revenue Jumps 78%

Streaming service fuboTV posted revenue for the first quarter of $51 million, a 78% increase compared with the first quarter of the prior year, driven by growth in subscribers, subscription average revenue per user and advertising sales, according to unaudited results from owner FaceBank.

Facebank completed its merger with fubuTV April 1.

Subscription revenue in the first quarter ended March 31 increased 74% year over year to $46.4 million. Advertising revenue in the first quarter increased 120% year over year to $4.1 million. Total streaming hours by fuboTV users (paid and free trial) in the first quarter increased 120% year over year to 107.2 million hours.

Monthly active users watched 120 hours per month on average in the quarter, an increase of 52% year over year.

Paid subscribers at quarter’s end totaled 287,316, an increase of 37% year over year. Average revenue per user per month was $54.16, an increase of 25% year over year.

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“We believe fuboTV is at the forefront of the streaming revolution and has a significant advantage not only over peers in the vMVPD space but also over traditional cable television,” wrote fuboTV CEO David Gandler in a letter to shareholders. “We offer cord-cutters a total cable TV replacement with top Nielsen-ranked sports, news and entertainment channels. What sets fuboTV apart is our internally built tech stack that keeps us innovating ahead of the industry. With premium features like 4K streaming, personalized live TV recommendations and recent app updates that integrate live video into the product experience, we believe a fuboTV subscription offers consumers the best value of any other live TV streaming platform. We believe consumers will continue to choose streaming over traditional pay television because of this more personalized, premium viewing experience that is also less expensive.”

The company has added $46 million in equity funding from institutional and private investors since closing the merger, including $20 million on July 2 from Credit Suisse Capital through a common stock issuance at $9.25 per share.

Johannes Larcher to Head HBO Max International

WarnerMedia has named Johannes Larcher head of HBO Max International. He will join the company in August and report to Gerhard Zeiler, chief revenue officer of WarnerMedia and president of WarnerMedia International Networks.

Larcher will be responsible for the international rollout and management of the WarnerMedia subscription streaming service, which launched in the United States May 27. His first focus will be the launch in Latin America, which is expected in 2021, according to the company.

Larcher will work closely with Whit Richardson, president of WarnerMedia Entertainment Networks in Latin America, and Priya Dogra, president of WarnerMedia Entertainment Networks in EMEA and APAC.

Larcher currently serves as managing director of digital at MBC Group, the Middle East’s leading media company based in Dubai where he successfully transformed the group’s flagship digital product Shahid VIP into the world’s largest Arabic language video streaming service with more than 1.4 million subscribers. From 2016 to 2018, he was co-founder and CEO of SubVRsive in Austin, Texas, a virtual and augmented reality studio. From 2009 to 2013, he served Hulu as SVP, international, where he led the launch and initial growth phase of Hulu Japan. Earlier, Larcher was president and CEO of online video education start-up Academy123, sold to Discovery and served as GM International for paid search pioneer Overture Services until its acquisition by Yahoo! in 2003. Larcher started his career in 1995 at McKinsey in Los Angeles, where he served media, entertainment and technology clients. He holds an M.A. from the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, and an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

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“I got to know Johannes as a passionate entrepreneur,” Zeiler said in a statement. “His leadership skills, together with his strong direct-to-consumer and digital experience, international business foundations and tech expertise give him the perfect background to drive the growth of HBO Max beyond the United States.”

“Living at the crossroads of digital technology and content, I’m thrilled to help create unforgettable entertainment experiences for consumers in international markets and make HBO Max an indispensable streaming service around the world,” Larcher said in a statement.

HBO Max Orders Animated Series ‘Young Love’ Based on Oscar-Winning Short

Streaming service HBO Max has ordered a 12-episode season of the animated series “Young Love,” based on the characters introduced in the Academy Award-winning short Hair Love from Oscar winner Matthew A. Cherry and Sony Pictures Animation.

The new series for HBO Max is created by Cherry, who will act a showrunner with long-time animation creative Carl Jones (“The Boondocks,” “Black Dynamite”). The series will be executive produced by Blue Key Entertainment’s Monica A. Young (producer of Hair Love) along with Lion Forge Animation’s David Steward II and Carl Reed.

Hair Love centers around the relationship between an African-American father, his daughter Zuri, and the most daunting task a father could ever come across — doing his daughter’s hair for the first time.

The new animated series “Young Love” expands on the family introduced in Hair Love with an honest look into the world of the Young family — including millennial parents Stephen and Angela, their daughter Zuri and her pet cat Rocky — as they juggle their careers, marriage, parenthood, social issues and multi-generational dynamics.

Hair Love struck a chord that is still resonating deeply with audiences of all ages,” Billy Wee, SVP of original animation for HBO Max, said in a statement. “Matthew and Sony Animation’s creative voices are a welcomed addition to the HBO Max family and we can’t wait to bring this joyous story to the world.”

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“I am beyond excited to continue telling the story of Stephen, Angela and Zuri and further explore the family dynamics of a young Black millennial family we established in our short film Hair Love as an animated series,” Cherry said in a statement. “Couldn’t ask for better partners in Sony Pictures Animation and HBO Max in helping us get ‘Young Love’ out to the world.”

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Karen Rupert Toliver, EVP of creative for Sony Pictures Animation and Oscar-winning producer of Hair Love stated: “It’s a privilege to continue our partnership with Matthew Cherry, who has a gift for tapping into meaningful stories that touch our hearts. I personally can’t wait to collectively laugh and cry with the Young family.”

Third Season of Animated ‘Infinity Train’ to Stream Exclusively on HBO Max

The third season of the animated series “Infinity Train” will exclusively premiere on the HBO Max streaming platform this summer.

“Infinity Train” was created by Owen Dennis (“Regular Show”) and is produced by Cartoon Network Studios.

The first season, Book 1, tells the story of a precocious young girl named Tulip on a mystery adventure that finds her on a train full of infinite worlds going against all odds to find her way back home. The second installment, Book 2, follows Mirror Tulip, an escaped reflection from the mirror world. Themes of identity, friendship and peer pressure arise while she and new friend Jesse, find themselves on the run. Books 1 and 2 of the animated series are now streaming on HBO Max.

In Book 3, Grace and Simon are the leaders of the Apex, an anarchic group of kids on a mysterious train. During one of their destructive missions, Grace and Simon get separated from the rest of the Apex and must find their way back. As the duo navigate through the myriad worlds of the train, they meet Hazel, an optimistic young girl, and Tuba, her gentle gorilla companion. Will Grace and Simon find new inspiration in Hazel’s innocence, or will the ways of the Apex recruit yet another aboard the train?

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“’Infinity Train’ takes us on a mystery adventure of resolution and growth that we love to experience,” Billy Wee, SVP of original animation for HBO Max, said in a statement. “We are thrilled to work on this project with Owen to continue this fantastical journey and tell a classic story about inner-strength and determination in a new and exciting way.”

“I’m really excited for fans to see Book 3! The story this time is … I don’t want to spoil anything, but it’s definitely something fans are gonna flip over! When we started working on ‘Infinity Train,’ I couldn’t have imagined where it would take us, but thanks to our loyal and vocal fanbase, we get to continue on this amazing ride,” Dennis said in a statement.

Netflix to Bow New Animated Series ‘DeadEndia’ in 2021

Netflix and Blink Industries announce a new 2D animated series “DeadEndia” based on the graphic novels from creator Hamish Steele.

The series will be produced at the Blink Industries studio in London and will premiere globally on Netflix in 2021.

Based on Hamish’s horror-comedy graphic novels of the same name and Web short Dead End, the series follows the adventures of Barney, Norma and magical-talking-dog Pugsley, as they balance their summer jobs at the local theme park haunted house while battling the totally real supernatural forces that dwell within it. Together with their guide to the underworld multi-plane, a sardonic thousand-year-old demon named Courtney, they face zombie mascots, demonic game show hosts, sleep-sucking witches and the scariest thing of all — their first crushes.

The graphic novels have been lauded for capturing the growing pains of early adulthood of characters with a wide variety of identities and experiences, including Barney, a transgender teen, and neurodiverse Norma, according to a Netflix press release.

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The series will star Zach Barack as Barney (Spider-Man: Far from Home), Kody Kavitha as Norma (Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Emily Osment as Courtney (“Almost Family,” The Kominsky Method”), Alex Brightman as Pugsley (Beetlejuice The Musical), Clinton Leupp a.k.a. Miss Coco Peru as Pauline Phoenix (“Will & Grace”), Kenny Tran as Logs (Maybe Happy Ending) and Kathreen Khavari as Badyah (“Marvel Rising,” Insecure,”Big Little Lies”).

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“’DeadEndia’ is about terrifying demons, vengeful ghosts and mysterious magic,” Steele said in a statement. “It is also about coming of age in a world that wasn’t made for you. It’s a drama about found family, identity and making mistakes. And of course it’s a laugh out loud comedy! I’ve always dreamed of making the show I needed as a lonely, horror-obsessed closeted gay kid and thanks to Netflix and our ridiculously talented, diverse and representative writers room and crew, we have shot way past my dreams and into wildest fantasy territory!”

Parks: OTT Service Churn Rate Jumped to 41% During Q1

While consumers have jumped into streaming, they have been more fickle about committing to OTT services during the pandemic.

The churn rate for OTT services increased from 35% in Q1 2019 to 41% in Q1 2020, according to research from Parks Associates.

During the COVID-19 crisis, more than two in five U.S. broadband households have trialed an OTT service, and 8% of households have trialed four or more services, according to the report.

“We are seeing a record number of consumers experiment with new OTT services as a result of the COVID-19 crisis and the shifts in strategy in the industry,” Steve Nason, research director of Parks Associates, said in a statement. “OTT services are offering extended free trials to build up engagement, and 8% of U.S. broadband households report they have subscribed to at least one new OTT service since the COVID-19 crisis began.”

Among these new subscribers, 49% subscribed to Disney+ and 27% subscribed to Apple TV+, according to Parks.

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A key question going forward is whether subscribers will keep these services as fewer households shelter-in-place, according to Parks. A significant challenge, especially for services relying on original programming, is delivering new content since production on many series has halted, according to the report.

“The industry is working on new hybrid content strategies as a result of production halts,” Nason said in a statement. “Major players like AT&T for Warner Brothers and Comcast for Universal Studios are greatly concerned about the delays in content production on the launches of new services, like HBO Max and Peacock. Free trials will bring in new subscribers at the launch, and roughly seven in ten have subscribed to at least one OTT service they have trialed. OTT services need to be creative in building an engaging service, but during this time of heavy video consumption, OTT services have the opportunity like never before to win over new video consumers and retain them as long-term subscribers.”