Netflix Leaves Globes With a Whimper

Fueled by 34 nominations, including 17 for movies, Netflix entered the Jan. 5 Golden Globes Awards in Los Angeles a heavy favorite to take home the hardware.

In the end, the SVOD behemoth walked off with just two Globes: Laura Dern’s win for Marriage Story and Olivia Colman starring in the third season of “The Crown.”

Hulu picked up awards for “Ramy” and “The Act,” while Amazon Prime Video won for “Fleabag.” Apple TV+’s high-profile “The Morning Show” failed to win despite several nominations.

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Netflix has high hopes for next month’s Academy Awards, notably with Martin Scorsese’s $150 million mobster movie The Irishman, starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci.

Yet the movie lost out at the Globes to Sam Mendes’ World War I trench warfare film, 1917, from Universal Pictures.

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‘Mandalorian’ Climbs Past ‘Stranger Things’ to Top of TV Demand Charts

The Disney+ series “The Mandalorian” took over the No. 1 spot on not only Parrot Analytics’ digital originals rankings the week ended Nov. 23, but also the data firm’s overall list of TV series from any platform, including broadcast and cable.

A “digital original” is 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+.

Set in the “Star Wars” universe, “The Mandalorian” tells the story of a bounty hunter who takes a personal interest in his latest job. It is the flagship series of the new Disney+ streaming service, which launched Nov. 12. “The Mandalorian” had climbed to No. 3 on the digital originals charts after the service made available its first two episodes, which introduced a character that quickly became the subject of a popular Internet meme that no doubt influenced the series’ rapid rise to No. 1 after the Nov. 22 release of the third episode.

For the week, “The Mandalorian” registered 100.3 million average daily Demand Expressions, the proprietary metric used by Parrot Analytics to measure global demand for TV content. That was up 151% in expressions compared with the previous week, when it had 39.9 million expressions.

Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” which had been comfortably nestled in the top spot for 21 straight weeks, slid to No. 2, registering 81.2 million expressions, down 20% from the previous week.

DC Universe’s “Titans” dropped to No. 3 on the digital originals chart, with expressions up 24.8% to 71.2 million. The finale of the second season will be available starting Nov. 29.

Netflix’s “The Crown” returned after a two-year hiatus and a new main cast, with all 10 episodes of the third season being available Nov. 17. As a result, the series jumped to No. 4 on the originals chart, from No. 22 a week earlier, as expressions rose 134% to 41.7 million.

Slipping a spot to No. 4 was Hulu’s “Castle Rock,” down 1.6% in expressions to 30.8 million.

Amazon Prime Video’s “The Man in the High Castle” rose to No. 7, from No. 30 the previous week,  with expressions up 73.8% to 28.8 million. The fourth and final season was released Nov. 15.

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The Demand Expressions metric draws from 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.

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 global demand for TV content 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.

Netflix Inks ‘The Crown’ Creator Peter Morgan to Exclusive Production Deal

With Netflix set to begin streaming the third season of original series “The Crown” Nov. 17, the subscription streaming video behemoth has reportedly signed series showrunner Peter Morgan to an exclusive big-money production deal.

Media reports suggest the pact includes seasons four, five and six of “The Crown,” among other projects, including movies.

Morgan’s screenwriting efforts include Oscar-winning The Queen,

Peter Morgan

Frost/Nixon, The Last King of Scotland and The Damned United.

The signing comes after Netflix renewed hit series “Stranger Things” for a fourth season and signed series creators and showrunners the Duffer brothers to a multiyear film and series overall deal.

Media companies continue scramble to secure/acquire content creators ahead of the November launch of Apple TV+ and Disney+ subscription streaming services.

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WarnerMedia and Comcast’s NBC Universal are launching proprietary streaming services early next year.

WarnerMedia last month inked “Star Wars,” “Star Trek” and “Mission: Impossible” director J.J. Abrams to an exclusive production deal reportedly worth upwards of $500 million for its pending HBO Max service.

“Fleabag” creator and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge signed a production deal with Amazon Studios.

Waller-Bridge’s breakout hit won Outstanding Comedy Series, with the actress also picking up Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, and Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series.

Hastings: Netflix Girding for ‘Whole New World in November’

With a slew of new subscription streaming video services launching soon, including Apple TV+ and Disney+ in November, and NBC Universal’s Peacock and WarnerMedia’s HBO Max early next year, market behemoth Netflix is preparing for battle.

Speaking Sept. 20 at the Royal Television Society confab in Cambridge, in the United Kingdom, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings told attendees the SVOD pioneer has spent $500 million (£400 million) on original content production in the region this year with plans to increase the amount next year.

Over the summer, Netflix leased Pinewood Studios’ Shepperton facility — a move later emulated by Disney for Pinewood’s Buckinghamshire facility near London.

Reed Hastings

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Netflix’s forthcoming comic book-based action movie, The Old Guard, starring Oscar winners Charlize Theron, Chiwetel Ejiofor and KiKi Layne, among others, was filmed at Shepperton.

“While we’ve been competing with many people in the last decade, it’s a whole new world starting in November,” Hastings said, as first reported by Variety. “It’ll be tough competition. Direct-to-consumer will have a lot of choice.”

Hastings said Netflix was not interested in acquiring production facilities globally, preferring to rent as market conditions dictate.

He said the increased SVOD competition worldwide (Disney+, Hulu, Apple TV+ all have global aspirations), including Amazon Prime Video have upped production costs exponentially.

“Someday ‘The Crown’ will look like a [fiscal] bargain,” he said.

Hastings added that as SVOD and ad-supported streaming proliferate worldwide, traditional pay-TV still dominates consumer viewing habits.

“We win only about 5% of television viewing hours, so we’re nowhere near a concentration risk [to pay-TV],” he said.

Netflix’s ‘Roma’ Big Winner at 2019 BAFTA Awards

Heading into the Oscars, Netflix original movie Roma emerged the big winner at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts 2019 EE British Academy Film Awards held Feb. 10 in London.

The black-and-white film won awards for Best Film, Director, Cinematography and Film Not in the English Language. Director Alfonso Cuarón won in each of these categories as well.

Cuarón’s semi-autobiographical movie about growing up in Mexico has been nominated for 10 Academy Awards in the United States.

Separately, Oscar nominee The Favourite was named Outstanding British Film, with Olivia Colman receiving the BAFTA for Leading Actress, Rachel Weisz taking Supporting Actress and Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara winning Original Screenplay. Sandy Powell won Costume Design, Fiona Crombie and Alice Felton won Production Design and Nadia Stacey won Make Up & Hair.

Colman has assumed the role of Queen Elizabeth II (from Claire Foy) for the upcoming third season of Netflix original series “The Crown.”

Meanwhile, Rami Malik won Leading Actor playing the late Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody; the film also won the award for Sound.

Supporting Actor went to Mahershala Ali for Green Book; BlacKkKlansman won Adapted Screenplay. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse took the award for Animated Film, and Documentary was won by Free Solo.

A Star Is Born won Original Music and Vice took the BAFTA for Editing. Black Panther received the BAFTA for Special Visual Effects.

 

 

 

Amazon’s ‘Mrs. Maisel,’ HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Lead Way at 70th Emmys

For the second year in a row, a show from a streaming service won the Emmy for best series in its category.

While last year Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” won Outstanding Drama Series, this year it was Amazon Video taking the top prize in the Outstanding Comedy Series category with the first season of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”

“Maisel” ended up with eight Emmys, including Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Rachel Brosnahan as the title character, and Outstanding Supporting Actress for Alex Borstein (who won another Emmy this year for her voiceover work on Fox’s “Family Guy”).

The 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were announced Sept. 17 at a televised ceremony in Los Angeles and at the Creative Arts ceremony a week earlier.

Netflix and HBO ended up tied as the top networks with 23 wins apiece.

Outstanding Drama Series again went to HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” this time for its seventh season, which is readily available for digital download or on Blu-ray and DVD.

“Game of Thrones” previously won the Best Drama Series Emmy in 2015 and 2016 for its fifth and sixth seasons, respectively, but a quirk in its production meant the show didn’t air during the 2017 eligibility period, opening the door for “Handmaid’s Tale” to win last year.

“Thrones” won nine Emmys this year, including Peter Dinklage winning his third trophy for Outstanding Supporting Actor for the role of Tyrion Lannister (previously won in 2011 and 2015).

FX’s The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story won seven Emmys, including Outstanding Limited Series. The nine-episode miniseries is available for digital download.

Among some other notable categories, HBO’s “Barry” (on DVD Oct. 2) won Outstanding Actor and Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for Bill Hader and Henry Winkler, respectively. Matthew Rhys won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for the sixth and final season of FX’s “The Americans,” coming to DVD Oct. 23 from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. Claire Foy won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for playing Queen Elizabeth II in the second season of Netflix’s “The Crown.” And Thandie Newton won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for season two of HBO’s “Westworld,” which will be available on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Dec. 4 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

For a complete list of 2018 winners, visit Emmys.com.

Netflix Releases First Screen Shot of Olivia Colman as the Queen in ‘The Crown’

Netflix July 16 released on Twitter a screen shot of British actress Olivia Colman playing Queen Elizabeth II on upcoming seasons three and four of its immensely popular original series, “The Crown.”

The 44-year-old Colman, who is seen holding a cup of tea, has won three BAFTA Awards, three BIFA Awards, a Golden Globe Award (“The Night Manager”) and has two Emmy nominations in her career.

Season three is currently in production and slated for release in 2019, covering the time period from the early 1960s to 1970s.

The second season, which just received 13 Emmy nominations, starred Emmy nominees Claire Foy (who already won Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards) as Her Majesty, Matt Smith as Prince Philip, and Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret. Kirby, who co-stars with Tom Cruise in upcoming Mission: Impossible – Fallout, won a BAFTA TV Award for her role in season two.

Newcomers Helena Bonham Carter and Ben Daniels play Margaret and her husband, respectively, in season three, among other cast changes implemented to better reflect the aging of the show’s principal characters.

Netflix releases second quarter financials today after the market’s close.

Netflix Snubs the Queen

Anyone familiar with Netflix award-winning original series, “The Crown,” knows Queen Elizabeth II puts loyalty to the monarchy above all else.

It’s status-quo the Queen isn’t to be denied. Ever.

So, it was humorous to read about Claire Foy, who won the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award for “outstanding performance by a female actor in a drama series” portraying Her Royal Highness, joke about the cast having to pay for Netflix.

“We got it [free] for six months and then it was cut off,” said Foy, as reported by In Touch Weekly.

A Netflix rep wasn’t immediately available about whether the Queen’s comp subscription would be renewed.