Brian Grazer, whose Imagine TV produces Arrested Development, said his company is in talks with Netflix about doing a fifth season of the former Fox comedy series. It would be the second batch of episodes for the internet-video sub service. Back in May, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said the company liked the idea of doing another season. “If the talent were willing to do more [episodes], and interested in that, I’m sure we would be willing,” he told CNBC back then, citing the show’s boffo numbers on Netflix, which he declined to share. Now in a major development, one of the producers says they’re talking about doing an additional season. “We are in conversations with them to do another,” Grazer said in an interview today with Bloomberg Television at the Allen & Co. conference in Sun Valley, Idaho. “They are interested in doing that.” Press coverage of this major development has speculated Netflix was no doubt encouraged by strong sampling for the new season it unveiled in May, based on Hastings having said it did extremely well while declining to share numbers.
Allen & Co Hollywood moguls are arriving at the 31st annual Allen & Co investment conference in Sun Valley starting today — and this time there’s something fun awaiting them. For years now the mogulfest has been mostly a showbiz snorefest with not a single entertainment panel on the official schedule. But my sources say this year’s features a Friday media panel consisting of Rupert Murdoch, John Malone, and Barry Diller. In other words, a trio of enemies who have sued or badmouthed each other so much over the years that it’s hard to imagine them sitting in the same room much less conferring politely together. The other sessions appear to be way less enticing:
Wednesday: Sports discussion featuring NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell; Presentation by Google co-founder Larry Page.
Thursday: Panel entitled ‘Cyber Insecurity’; Economic growth discussion led by NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg; Presentation by the President of Mexico; Discussion about the future of universities moderated by Andrew Ross Sorkin.
Friday: Panel about the environment; Interview of King Abdullah II Of Jordan conducted by Tom Brokaw; Media panel with Rupert Murdoch, John Malone, and Barry Diller; Interview of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg by Charlie Rose; Political discussion with Jeb Bush and Bill Bradley.
Saturday: Discussion with Bill and Melinda Gates.