Resonate: 82% of U.S. Consumers Watch Some Form of OTT Content

A large majority — 82% — of U.S. consumers now watch some form of OTT content, with only 55% still watching cable TV, according to data from the from the “State of Streaming” report from Resonate, a provider of A.I.-driven consumer data and analytics.

The report suggests live TV resonates well with older demographics that are used to viewing live TV through traditional broadcast. The live TV streaming only audience skews older, with the largest age group being 45-54 years old, while the streaming on-demand only audience is on the younger side, with the largest group being 25-34 years old.

Streaming live TV viewers are mainly using ad-support or free services (AVOD), such as Pluto TV, Roku Channel and Tubi TV. They under-index against all paid live TV services. Streaming live TV only viewers skew male. The majority uses Pluto TV to stream live TV programming. They enjoy programming produced by CBS and Fox, especially “American Dad”and “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

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Streaming on-demand only viewers skew female. The majority of the audience watches Netflix and Amazon Prime Video regularly. Out of the top four on-demand streaming services, their favorite shows are on Netflix.
This audience tends to binge-watch their favorite TV shows using their smart TVs.

Resonate also examined the different characteristics among the customers of streaming services. According to the research, Peacock and Paramount+ subscribers vary significantly in terms of gender and tastes in TV shows. Peacock subscribers skew male, while Paramount+ subscribers skew female. Peacock subscribers prefer comedy shows, while the Paramount+ subscribers have more eclectic tastes, ranging from comedy to crime genres. Overall, both Peacock and Paramount+ subscribers are avid sports fans. However, the Peacock subscribers are supporters of their local professional sports teams, while the Paramount+ subscribers enjoy sports programming overall without any local professional team affiliations.

The Resonate proprietary data set includes more than 14,000 relevant data points that describe more than 230 million individual U.S. consumers, according to Resonate.

‘Free Guy’ Again Wins Top Spot on Vudu Chart

Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ Free Guy again led the chart of the 10 most popular movies on Fandango’s transactional VOD service Vudu the week ended Oct. 10.

The film, which became available for digital purchase Sept. 28, stars Ryan Reynolds as a bank teller who discovers he is actually a background player in an open-world video game and decides to become the hero of his own story.

Taking the No. 2 spot was Universal’s Old, M. Night Shyamalan’s latest mystery. The film about beachgoers who age prematurely became available for digital purchase Oct. 5.

MGM’s animated sequel The Addams Family 2, which debuted for premium digital rental Oct. 1, fell to No. 3 on the chart. In the film featuring the voices of Charlize Theron and Oscar Isaac, Morticia and Gomez are distraught that their children are growing up.

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The fourth spot went to Disney’s adventure Jungle Cruise, starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt and available for digital purchase.

Landing at No. 5 was Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins, on sale for digital purchase and rental. It’s the third live-action “G.I. Joe” movie rebooting the franchise following 2009’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and its sequel 2013’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation

Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Oct. 10, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Free Guy
  2. Old
  3. The Addams Family 2
  4. Jungle Cruise
  5. Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins
  6. The Night House
  7. F9: The Fast Saga
  8. Escape Room: Tournament of Champions
  9. Candyman (2021)
  10. The Forever Purge

Gravitas Ventures to Bow Horror Anthology ‘Isolation’ on VOD Nov. 2

Gravitas Ventures and Kamikaze Dogfight  have acquired U.S. and Canadian rights to horror anthology Isolation, which will have its North American premiere Oct. 15 at Screamfest L.A., followed by a release on VOD platforms Nov. 2.

The film is a feature-length anthology, weaving together nine standalone yet interconnected tales of terror from all corners of the world as people confront their darkest fears in an attempt to survive an increasingly deadly pandemic. The film had its world premiere in London at FrightFest U.K. 2021.

Director and producer Nathan Crooker created a fictional world many months into the future that is based around the current global pandemic. All 11 filmmakers used the same unifying framework in creating their stories. The filmmakers were tasked with how to stay creative using only what was available to them at the time. They were not allowed to use Zoom or any other video conferencing services and were only allowed to use the equipment and resources they had with them when they entered into lockdown, including cast and crew, adhering to their respective COVID-19 protocols.

Isolation directors include Dennie Gordon, (“Jack Ryan,” “Legion,” “Hunters,” “Waco”),  Larry Fessenden (“The Last Winter,” “Habit,” “Depraved”), Bobby Roe (“The Houses October Built” one and two), Andrew Kasch, (“Tales of Halloween”), Zach Passero (“Wicked Lake”), Christian Pasquariello (“Alien Invasion: S.U.M. 1”), Alexandra Neary (“The Innocent”), Alix Austin and Keir Siewert (“Retch”), and Kyle I. Kelley and Adam Brown (“The Music Lesson”).

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“We are thrilled to be working with Gravitas Ventures and Kamikaze Dogfight in bringing this unnerving and suspenseful anthology out into the world,” Crooker said in a statement. “Making this film with the many talented directors was such a rewarding process, and I am incredibly proud of having created a story unlike anything else in the horror genre.”

“This bloody take on COVID-esque isolation makes us look at our own darkest fears,” Megan Huggins, acquisitions coordinator for Gravitas Ventures, said in a statement. “Using an anthology format, the various filmmakers have shown us how citizens of the world are one and the same when confronted by a terrifying outbreak, but how we survive is different.”

“It’s always fun working with new directors and veterans to create something unique to the times we are living in,” Andrew van den Houten of Kamikaze Dogfight said in a statement. “This grouping of films brings some thought-provoking ideas to the mix in the genre and gives the audience lots to feast upon.”

French Family Comedy ‘Operation Portugal’ Due on Digital and On Demand Nov. 2

The French family comedy Operation Portugal will be available for digital purchase and on demand Nov. 2 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

In the film, Hakim, a French neighborhood cop from Morocco is tasked with infiltrating the Portuguese community to investigate a crime lord. Hakim must become one with the French-Portuguese in three days. It is a big challenge considering he is extremely clumsy and bad luck follows him wherever he goes. Trapped between his feelings and his mission, Hakim discovers not only a community, but also a family to call his own.

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The film stars comedian D’Jal, Sarah Perles, Pierre Azéma, Farida Ouchani, Carmen Santos, Éric Da Costa, José Da Silva, Serge Da Silva and Antonia de Rendinger.

‘Free Guy’ Wins Top Spot on Vudu Chart

Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ Free Guy led the chart of the 10 most popular movies on Fandango’s transactional VOD service Vudu the week ended Oct. 3.

The film, which became available for digital purchase Sept. 28, stars Ryan Reynolds as a bank teller who discovers he is actually a background player in an open-world video game and decides to become the hero of his own story.

MGM’s animated sequel The Addams Family 2, which debuted for premium digital rental Oct. 1, landed at No. 2 on the chart. In the film featuring the voices of Charlize Theron and Oscar Isaac, Morticia and Gomez are distraught that their children are growing up.

Universal’s F9: The Fast Saga, the ninth installment in the main “Fast & Furious” franchise, fell from No. 2 to No. 3. The film is available for digital purchase and digital rental.

Coming in at No. 4 (falling from No. 1) was Sony’s psychological thriller Escape Room: Tournament of Champions, which became available for digital purchase Sept. 21. A sequel to 2019’s Escape Room, the film follows six people who unwittingly find themselves locked in another series of escape rooms, slowly uncovering what they have in common to survive and discovering they’ve all played the game before.

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Landing at No. 5 was Universal’s The Forever Purge, available for digital rental and purchase. It’s the fifth film in the “Purge” franchise that chronicles a dystopian future where society cleanses itself by abandoning all laws for one night.

Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Oct. 3, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Free Guy
  2. The Addams Family 2
  3. F9: The Fast Saga
  4. Escape Room: Tournament of Champions
  5. The Forever Purge
  6. PAW Patrol: The Movie
  7. Candyman
  8. The Green Knight
  9. The Suicide Squad
  10. The Protégé

Whip Media Hires Former Warner Exec Debbie Neveu

Entertainment software platform and data provider Whip Media has hired Debbie Neveu as VP of global enterprise client success.

In this newly created role, Neveu will further develop and grow the company’s content value management (CVM) platform customer relationships, including focusing on strategy, product adoption, sales assistance, and customer retention and support.

Neveu joins Whip Media with more than two decades of experience leading the accounting and financial reporting teams at some of the biggest companies in entertainment. Prior to joining Whip Media, Neveu served as the VP of accounting, financial reporting, financial systems and financial deal review at Warner Bros., where she spearheaded more than 300 deals and led the expansion of the company’s digital business into more than 130 countries. The areas of emphasis during her 15 years at Warner Bros. included the company’s digital sellthrough, VOD, PVOD, PPV and AVOD businesses. Before joining Warner Bros., Neveu served as the director of global operations at The Walt Disney Company for Disney’s interactive video gaming business.

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“Debbie’s invaluable knowledge of the entertainment industry and proven track record of success makes her an ideal fit for Whip Media,” Saj Jayasinghe, Whip Media’s SVP of global enterprise account management, said in a statement. “We’re thrilled to have her on board, and I know our media partners will feel the same way, too.”

“As a former client, I’ve spent years partnering with Whip Media and utilizing their CVM platform to automate, scale and streamline internal studio finance, rights and avails,” Neveu said in a statement. “Now that I am part of the Whip family, I look forward to bringing this knowledge to improve the satisfaction and success of our clients while also supporting the sales and product teams to refine and expand customer offerings.”

Holiday Film ‘A Gift From Bob’ Available on VOD, Digital and DVD Nov. 9

The holiday title A Gift From Bob will be released in select theaters Nov. 5 and via on demand, digital sellthrough and DVD Nov. 9 from Lionsgate and Saban Films.

In the film from the director of A Dog’s Way Home and Dolphin Tale, for James (Luke Treadaway), a struggling street musician, a very special gift arrives in the form of Bob, a strong-willed stray cat who wanders into James’s tiny flat. Bob enriches James’s life, giving him companionship, purpose, and a large, new audience. When Animal Welfare officers threaten to take Bob, the local community rallies to help James and Bob — sparking a journey that takes the pair to places they never imagined.

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1979 Springsteen Concerts Headed to Digital Rental and Purchase in November

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts will come out for digital purchase Nov. 16, and digital rental Nov. 23 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film features performances by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at the September 1979 MUSE (Musicians United for Safe Energy) benefit concerts at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The film features all 13 songs performed over two nights — 10 never before released — transferred and edited from original No Nukes film footage and restored in HD, with remixed and remastered audio.

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True Crime Drama ‘Last Testament’ Coming to VOD Oct. 19 From Gravitas Ventures

Gravitas Ventures has acquired North American rights to distribute writer-director Anthony Catalano’s Last Testament. It will be released Oct. 19 on VOD, with DVD and Blu-ray releases to follow.

The indie true crime drama was produced by Catalano and stars Dominick Alesia, Anna Roemer and Rima Sabal.

Last Testament explores the true story of Ricky Rodriguez and the Children of God cult. Born into the infamous cult, Ricky (Dominick Alesia) was subjected to years of abuse while also being groomed to one day lead the cult. He was finally able to escape with his wife Elixcia (Anna Roemer), but he remained haunted by his past. Ricky reaches a breaking point and he vows to take down the cult and its leaders — including his mother — by any means necessary.

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“As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and someone who struggles with mental illness, I became fascinated by the harrowing story of Ricky Rodriguez,” Catalano said in a statement. “His story isn’t a happy one, it isn’t easy or convenient, but it’s one that needs to be known.”

Last Testament was filmed in Northeast Wisconsin in May 2020, just as statewide COVID restrictions were being lifted. Its world premiere was held at the 2021 Bare Bones International Film & Music Festival, where Anthony Catalano was nominated for Best Experimental Feature Filmmaker.

Last Testament Trailer #2 from Dead Letter Productions on Vimeo.

 

Comedy ‘Breaking Them Up’ Coming to Theaters and On Demand Oct. 15 From Mill Creek

Mill Creek Entertainment will release the comedy Breaking Them Up in theaters and on demand Oct. 14.

In the film, 15-year-old Damien is perhaps a little too precocious for his own good. Along with his quick-witted best friend Erin, he runs a side hustle as an unofficial behind-the-scenes matchmaker at school. Students fork over the cash, and the matchmaking team — through various hijinks — manufactures their own special brand of serendipity. All is well until Damien focuses that industrious energy on his own bickering parents.

Damien’s parents constantly argue, and any semblance of love seems to have evaporated between them. From his perspective, they’re wrong for each other. He should know — he’s an expert. And like any bright kid, Damien takes it up on himself to fix the problem. It’s simple: Destroy their marriage and find more suitable mates.

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The film stars Jakob Wedel (“NCIS: Los Angeles, “Criminal Minds”), Tess Aubert (“Atypical,” “Mr. Mayor”), Stephen Schneider (“Broad City,” “Lucifer”) and Kelen Coleman (“Superstore,” “Big Little Lies”).

The film was an Official Selection at the 2020 Newport Beach Film Festival, the 2020 deadCENTER Film Festival and the 2020 Method Festival (where it took home the Stella Artois Maverick Award and the Variety Audience Award).

The soundtrack features tracks by The Hunts, Vic Sage, Racoon Racoon and DayFox.