TBI Weekly: Is it the end of HBO as we know it?

John Stankey’s bid to “alter and change” HBO’s direction got people talking this week. Is this the end of the boutique operation as we know it? While talking to staffers on the impact the network’s recent merger with AT&T would have, he said the outfit would have to get “bigger and broader”. Despite never uttering […]

Netflix unveils overall deal with La Casa De Papel’s Pina

Netflix has secured an exclusive talent deal with writer/producer Alex Pina, the creative mind behind the most watched non-English language show on Netflix, La Casa de Papel (Money Heist). Under the terms of the deal, Pina, founder of production company Vancouver Media, will produce new series and projects exclusively for Netflix. Other Pina series to date […]

Netflix surpasses HBO in Emmy nominations

For the first time, Netflix has surpassed HBO in the number of Emmy nominations it received for 2018, ending HBO’s 17-year streak as leader. Netflix received 112 nominations to HBO’s 108. This time last year HBO had 110 nominations to Netflix’s 91. The Netflix titles nominated include Queer Eye (pictured), Black Mirror, The Crown, Stranger […]

Netflix’s cost of adding new customers has ‘rocketed’

Netflix’s US subscriber additions are beginning to slow and the cost of adding new customers has “rocketed” in recent years, according to Ampere Analysis. The research firm estimates that in its home market, Netflix’s marketing costs for acquiring subscribers has grown from around US$60 per person between 2013 and 2015 to roughly US$100 per new […]

Netflix secures talent deal with Jason Bateman’s Aggregate

SVOD platform Netflix has unveiled a first-look, multi-year deal across film and television with Aggregate, a new production company launched by actor, director, producer Jason Bateman (pictured) and producer Michael Costigan (American Gangster, Ghost in the Shell). To facilitate the deal, Bateman and Costigan will combine their existing film and television slates, and also develop […]

Lionsgate strikes deal with Dear White People’s Simien

Lionsgate has unveiled an overall deal with Justin Simien, creator, writer and producer of feature film turned comedy drama TV series Dear White People (the TV series was produced by Lionsgate for Netflix). Under the terms of the deal, Simien will develop and produce original programming for the Lionsgate Television Group. “We’re thrilled to expand […]

Netflix brings 13 regions together for stand-up series

Netflix is set to bring together 47 comedians and 13 regions in a stand-up comedy event series premiering in 2019. Each comedian will perform a half-hour stand-up special, some of which will be recorded at the upcoming Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal and sets also filmed in Brazil, Mexico, India, Germany and The Netherlands. […]

‘SVOD stacking’ adds growth to subs market, says Ampere

The continued growth of the subscription video-on-demand market is being fuelled by ‘SVOD stacking’ as adoption among new customers slows, according to Ampere Analysis. The research firm claims that while Netflix is the dominant player in all but three markets surveyed, the service alone “simply isn’t enough” for many consumers, with service staking now the […]

Netflix to launch Indian horror series following Sacred Games premiere

A few days after the premiere of Netflix’s Indian original Sacred Games, the streamer has announced horror series Ghoul will also launch from the region this August. Ghoul will be the streamer’s first Indian original horror series, and premiere on August 28, 2018. The three-part series will be available across all Netflix territories. The series […]

Netflix explores new premium price tier for 4K/HDR

Reports are circulating this week that streaming service Netflix is trialling new premium services in Europe priced at €16.99 and €19.99. This is around €8-11 higher than the company’s basic offering and €3-6 higher than the company’s current top tier package. News of the trial prices  was confirmed by Netflix in a statement to CNET. […]

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