MGM Studios Q1 Home Entertainment Revenue Plummets

Limited to catalog releases, MGM Studios Home Entertainment reported first-quarter (ended March 31) global revenue of $19.1 million, down 40% ($12.8 million) from revenue of $31.9 million for the previous-year period.

Home entertainment revenue for the prior-year quarter primarily included worldwide electronic sellthrough revenue for The Magnificent Seven and Ben-Hur, plus ongoing revenue from Spectre, the “Hobbit” trilogy, Creed and library content.

On the bright side, home entertainment revenue from television content topped $10.5 million, up $2 million (23.5%) from revenue of $8.5 million for the previous-year period.

The increase was primarily driven by the continued strong home entertainment sales of season 1 of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which streams exclusively on Hulu.

MGM distributes its content via several major studios, including 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment for Spectre, SkyfallDeath Wish, Every Day, RoboCop, “Vikings,” “Get Shorty,” “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “Teen Wolf,” among others,as well as certain EST distribution rights feature films and television content. MGM’s agreement with Fox expires June 30, 2020.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment distributes the “Jump Street” franchise and The Magnificent Seven; Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is the physical home entertainment distributor for the “Hobbit” trilogy, Creed, Max, Me Before You, Tomb Raider and Everything, Everything.

Fox is the physical home entertainment distributor for Poltergeist; and Paramount Home Media Distribution is the physical home entertainment distributor for Sherlock Gnomes and Ben-Hur.

’13 Reasons Why’ Flying High Among Digital Originals, Parrot Analytics Says

With a 58% spike in demand, Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why” remained in the No. 1 spot on the digital originals chart for the week ended May 26, according to Parrot Analytics Demand Expressions data.

Season two of the teen drama – centered on the aftermath of a teenage girl’s suicide – debuted May 18, making this the first full week in which episodes are available.

The series’ number of Demand Expressions soared to nearly 68 million, more than any other TV show – digital original or regular broadcast – during the week.

In the week leading up to Memorial Day, there were few changes to the digital series demand chart. However, Netflix is releasing more than 80 new titles in June, and Parrot Analytics says it expects demand chart fluctuations in the weeks to come.

The popularity of season two of “13 Reasons Why,” like the popularity of season one, is fuelled by controversy.

The finale of season one, showing a teenage girl taking her own life, prompted schools to issue warnings to parents to monitor their children’s viewing.

For season two, Netflix aired a “cold open” before the first episode featuring cast members read the following disclaimer: “‘13 Reasons Why’ is a fictional series that tackles tough, real-world issues, taking a look at sexual assault, substance abuse, suicide, and more. By shedding a light on these difficult topics, we hope our show can help viewers start a conversation. But if you are struggling with these issues yourself, this series may not be right for you or you may want to watch it with a trusted adult. And if you ever feel you need someone to talk with, reach out to a parent, a friend, a school counselor, or an adult you trust, call a local helpline, or go to 13ReasonsWhy.info. Because the minute you start talking about it, it gets easier.”

Elsewhere in the top 5, demand for “Cobra Kai” slipped 15%, but the series – a sequel the 1984 movie “The Karate Kid” – remains at No. 2 on the digital originals chart.

Following Martin Kove’s appearance in the season one finale, the “Karate Kid” alum is joining the cast in season two.

Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” and Netflix’s “Arrested Development” remain at No. 3 and No. 4, respectively, while “Orange is the New Black” shot up to No. 5 from No. 10, bumping “Lost in Space” out of the top 10.

“Orange is the New Black” experienced a nearly 32% uptick in demand, as Digital Spy revealed details about the upcoming sixth season of the women prison drama.

Looking at the bottom half of the top 10 digital originals chart, Netflix’s “The Crown” experienced a significant (54%) rise in demand during the week, lifting it to No. 9 from No. 28 the prior week.

The historical drama picked up a supporting actress award at the BAFTA television awards on May 13.

Rounding out the top 10, Netflix’s “Stranger Things” has reappeared in the top 10, at No. 10, after an absence of several weeks.

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. Parrot Analytics uses a 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.

 

’13 Reasons Why’ Retakes No. 1 Spot on Digital Originals Chart

Buoyed by the May 18 launch of season two, Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why” returned to the No. 1 spot on the digital originals chart for the week ended May 19, according to Parrot Analytics Demand Expressions data.

The teen drama, centered around the suicide of a teenage girl, had ceded the top spot on the prior week’s chart to YouTube Red’s “Cobra Kai,” a sequel series to the classic The Karate Kid movie, despite a 43.4% spike in demand.

Demand in the current week rose nearly 7%, which combined with a nearly 12% drop in demand for “Cobra Kai” put “13 Reasons Why” back on top.

“13 Reasons Why,” with its difficult topic of teen suicide, is a controversial show. In the weeks leading up to its debut high schools around the country sent notices to parents, asking them to monitor their children as they watched the program.

In season two, showrunner Brian Yorkey has extended the narrative beyond the story of teenager Hannah Baker’s death and the “13 reasons” why she killed herself, according to a cassette recording she made and distributed to those she felt responsible.

Season two digs into the aftermath of Hannah’s suicide, and its impact on the community and her fellow students.

Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” rose up a notch to No. 3, with modest 5% increase in demand, bumping “Arrested Development” down a spot to No. 4.

“Arrested Development” generated 20 million Demand Expressions in the week ended May 19, down from 26.8 million the prior week, but still managed to stay ahead of “Lost in Space,” which remained at No. 5 with an 11% drop in demand.

“Sense8” rose up to No. 6 on the digital originals chart (from No. 10 the prior week) after the debut of its final-seasaon trailer on May 17.

The modern science-fiction series had 13% more Demand Expressions than “Orange is the New Black,” which slipped to No. 10 from No. 9 the prior week.

Both series are currently on hiatus

For linear network broadcasters, May Sweeps is an annual pre-summer event filled with dramatic character exits, special guest stars, and unexpected plot twists.

Parrot Analytics’ overall TV series chart reflects this.

For the first time, ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” is ranked at No. 1 in the domestic chart, followed by Nickelodeon’s “Spongebob Squarepants,” AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” and The CW’s “The Flash.”

NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” (No. 5) had 7% more Demand Expressions than ABC’s “American Idol.”

The celebrated sketch recently finished its 43rd season.

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. Parrot Analytics uses a 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.

’13 Reasons Why’ Tops Digital Originals Chart; ‘Cobra Kai’ Bows at No. 6

With a whopping 134% increase in demand, “13 Reasons Why” soared to the No. 1 position on the digital originals chart for the week ended May 5, according to Parrot Analytics Demand Expressions data.

The spike can be attributed to a teaser trailer that was released on April 30. At the same time, Netflix announced the launch date for the teen drama series’ second season, with a return to the streaming giant set for May 18.

Another Netflix series, “Stranger Things,” remained at No. 2, with demand virtually unchanged from the prior week.

Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” rose two spots to No. 3, with a 9.8% increase in demand. Interest is still high for the show after its awards season sweep – including Emmys for best drama series and a best actress win for Elisabeth Moss – and the April 25 debut of season 2.

New to the chart is “Cobra Kai,” a sequel series to The Karate Kid that premiered on YouTube Red on May 2.

The comedy-drama series was produced by Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg – the duo best known for the Harold & Kumar films. In the week ending May 5, “Cobra Kai” had 18.4 million Demand Expressions for a No. 6 debut on the digital originals top 10.

In the prior week, the series was ranked at No. 26.

Peak demand for “Cobra Kai” is more than twice as high as that of any other YouTube Red aimed at pay subscribers.

The Spanish limited series “Money Heist” (“La Casa De Papel”) slipped to No. 4 on the digital originals chart after three weeks in the No. 1 spot, with a 14% drop in demand from the prior week.

Also new to the top 10 are two returning series that haven’t been seen on the chart for some time. At No. 8 is “3%,” a Portuguese-language Netflix original series that is set in a world sharply divided between progress and devastation. Season two of the thriller series premiered on April 27, triggering a chart jump of 24 positions.

Also back in the top 10 is “Arrested Development” (No. 10), with a 182% bump in demand – the highest of any of the top 10 programs. A season five renewal announcement gets credit for the spike in demand.

Overall audience demand for network broadcast series is down, resulting in few changes to the top 10 overall TV series chart. The top four titles are the same as in the prior week, with just a little juggling in the order.

HBO’s “Westworld” remains at No. 3, but demand decreased slightly after a pivotal episode shifted the location to a different theme park.  ABC’s “American Idol” also saw its demand slip slightly as season 16 reached its midway point.

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. Parrot Analytics uses a 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.

‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Demand Soars as Hulu Slates Third Season

With new episodes on Hulu, “The Handmaid’s Tale” soared to No. 5 on the digital originals chart for the week ended April 28, according to Parrot Analytics Demand Expressions data.

Coming off an awards season sweep, including Emmys for best drama series and a best actress win for Elisabeth Moss, the series returned for season 2 on April 25, with a two-fold spike in demand.

Demand is expected to remain high, Parrot says, in light of the May 2 announcement by Hulu that “The Handmaid’s Tale” is being renewed for a third season.

Also debuting in the top 10 on the digital originals chart is “Sense8,” the science fiction drama series created by Lana and Lilly Wachowski and J. Michael Straczynski for Netflix. Netflix did not renew the series for a third season, but demand is building as the countdown begins to the June 8 series finale.

The Spanish limited series “Money Heist” (“La Casa De Papel”) remained in the No. 1 spot on the digital originals chart for the third consecutive week, with only a slight 7.7% drop in demand from the prior week.

Netflix bought global distribution rights to the series earlier this year and re-edited the original run of nine episodes into 15 different untitled episodes, released as two seasons. Netflix released the second season on April 6 with a runtime of 40 to 50 minutes instead of the original 70 minutes per episode.

“Stranger Things” returned to the No. 2 spot on the digital originals chart, with an 18.2% rise in demand. Last week the series had ceded the spot to another Netflix series, a reimaging of Irwin Allen’s classic 1960s TV series “Lost in Space” that premiered on the streaming subscription service on April 13.

Demand for “Lost in Space,” which slipped to No. 3 on the digital originals chart, actually rose slightly from the prior week.

On the overall TV series chart, “The Walking Dead” and “Spongebob Squarepants” remain perched at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. Demand for “The Walking Dead” was more than twice as high as that for the No. 1 digital original, “Money Heist” (nearly 65 million Demand Expressions for the zombie series, compared to 25.8 million for the Spanish limited series).

“The 100” experienced an increase in demand after a period of little activity due to its new season and HBO’s “Westworld” entered the top 10 at No. 3 with a greater spike in demand than any of the nine other shows. The highly anticipated second season of “Westworld” premiered on April 22.

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. Parrot Analytics uses a 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.

‘Stranger Things’ the Week’s Top Digital Original, But Demand for ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Soars

Netflix’s “Stranger Things” took the No. 1 spot on the top 10 digital originals chart for the week ended March 31, bumping Marvel’s “Jessica Jones” to No. 2 after three weeks in the top position, according to Parrot Analytics’ Demand Expressions data.

Digital original hits such as “Stranger Things,” “13 Reasons Why,” “Orange is the New Black” and “The Handmaid’s Tale” all registered an increase in demand from the prior week, Parrot data shows.

“13 Reasons Why” rose to No. 3 from No. 7 the prior week and No. 9 the week before, while “Orange is the New Black” slipped to No. 7 from No. 4, despite a modest 2.6% increase in demand.

Netflix also saw two new entries in the top five. “Santa Clarita Diet” moved up to No. on the digital originals chart from No. 9 the previous week, while “On My Block” jumped to No. 5 from No. 9. Both shows saw demand rise by about 30% from the prior week.

Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” has been largely absent from the top 10 as it finished its sophomore season. But with new episodes returning April 25, the dystopian series saw its demand spike 86% – fueled, no doubt, by the March 28 release of a season three trailer. “The Handmaid’s Tale” debuted on the chart at No. 10.

On the overall TV series chart, “Spongebob Squarepants” returned to No. 1 after ceding the top spot last week to AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” now at No. 2.

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. Parrot Analytics uses a 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.

Gary Barber Out as CEO of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Gary Barber, chairman and CEO of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Holdings, has been let go after eight years in the position. No reason was given for the move.

Media reports suggest disagreement between Barber and the board on the future of the venerable studio, whose franchises include James Bond movies, “The Voice,” “Survivor” and “The Handmaid’s Tale,” among others. MGM also owns multiplatform distribution channel Epix.

The studio, which includes MGM Home Entertainment, has formed an “Office of CEO” to oversee day-to-day operations while a new CEO is found.

MGM said it would provide a business update March 28 when it reports fourth-quarter fiscal results.

MGM Studios Forms Benelux Reality TV Production Unit

MGM Studios has partnered with Dutch-based TV producers to create reality-based programing for Benelux countries, including Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.

MGM, together with Roy Aalderink and Peter Lubbers, formed the unscripted TV production company Concept Street, headquartered in Holland.

The announcement signals MGM’s expansion into local television production internationally. Under the deal, Concept Street has an exclusive first-look at MGM’s unscripted formats in the Benelux countries and MGM will serve as the distributor of all Concept Street IP outside of the Benelux.

Aalderink and Lubbers will run the day-to-day operations as co-managing directors with an ownership stake in the company. They will work with Mark Burnett, president, television group & digital, MGM and Chris Ottinger, president worldwide television distribution & acquisitions, on distribution.

“Roy and Peter possess an exceptional understanding of the Benelux market and knowledge about what resonates with audiences in the region,” Burnett said in a statement.

Indeed, Aalderink created, sold and produced multiple original formats, including “My Last Words,” “Save My Holiday,” “Jo Frost: Nanny on Tour ” and “Ugly Ducklings.”

Previously, Aalderink worked for several online platforms and streamers when holding positions as CEO at both Zodiak Netherlands and Strix Television Benelux.

He also paired up with a wide array of distributors to produce local versions of international formats, including “Celebrity Wife Swap,” “Survivor,” “Say Yes to the Dress,” “Embarrassing Bodies” and “The Undateables.”

Lubbers has held positions at various production companies, including Endemol, Medical Multi Media and Zodiak Netherlands, where he served as CEO.

He was responsible for Dutch adaptations of international hit-shows, such as “Maestro,” “Dancing With The Stars,” “Fort Boyard” and “MasterChef.”

The joint venture comes as MGM is experiencing growth in television production. New programs include “Steve Harvey’s FUNDERDOME,” “Minor Renovations,” where junior designers compete to renovate home spaces in need of a makeover; Signed, which features aspiring musicians who compete for the opportunity to be signed to a major record label; and Married 10, which follows married couples as they test their relationship in a daring social experiment.

Known for unscripted and scripted TV content, MGM Television in 2017 set a studio record with 47 Emmy Award nominations and 11 wins, which included Outstanding Drama Series for “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu), Outstanding Structured Reality Program for “Shark Tank” and Outstanding Reality-Competition Series for “The Voice.”

In 2018, MGM took home three Golden Globe Awards, including Best Drama Series and Best Actress in a Drama Series for “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and Best Actor in a Limited Series for Ewan McGregor in “Fargo,” and six Critics Choice Award wins, including Best Structured Reality Show for “Shark Tank” and Best Reality Competition Series for “The Voice.”

Other series produced by the studio include Burnett’s Survivor; “Vikings”; “Beat Shazam”; “Get Shorty,” “The Truth About Harry” (Epix); “Signed” (VH1); “Lucha Underground” (The El Rey Network).

Recently, the studio acquired Evolution Media, which produces “The Real Housewives of Orange County,” “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” “Vanderpump Rules,” “Vanderpump Rules: Jax and Brittany Take Kentucky,” and “Sweet Home Oklahoma,” “Botched,” “Bug Juice,” and “Growing Up Supermodel.”