Sam Shepard To Co-Star In Netflix Drama Series From ‘Damages’ Creators

By | Wednesday March 19, 2014 @ 6:00pm PDT
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Sam Shepard (August: Osage County) samshepardhas joined the cast of Netflix‘s untitled psychological thriller drama from Sony Pictures TV. Written and executive produced by Damages creators Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler (KZK), the 13-episode series centers … Read More »

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Jane Fonda & Lily Tomlin To Topline Netflix Comedy Series From ‘Friends’ Alumna Marta Kauffman, Paula Weinstein & Skydance

By | Wednesday March 19, 2014 @ 8:15am PDT
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fondatomlinFormer Nine To Five co-stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are reuniting on screen in Grace And Frankie, Netflix‘s next original series. The streaming service has given a 13-episode order to the half-hour comedy, created by Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris (Sullivan & Son) and executive produced by Paula Weinstein through Skydance Prods. Grace And Frankie stars good friends Fonda and Tomlin as long-time nemeses Grace (Fonda) and Frankie (Tomlin) who are facing the lakauffmanst chapter of their lives. When their husbands announce they are in love with each other and plan to get married, the women find their lives both turned upside down and to their dismay, permanently intertwined. Eventually, to their surprise, they find they have each other. Kauffman, Morris, Weinstein, Fonda and Tomlin executive produce with Skydance’s netflix_logo__121008075714-200x92__130701074658David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross. “Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are among the funniest and most formidable actresses ever and it’s an incredible privilege to give them the opportunity to run riot on Netflix,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer. “The show created for them by Marta and Howard is warm, very funny and anything but wholesome. We can’t wait.” Read More »

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Is It Time For HBO GO To Be Offered To People Who Don’t Subscribe To Pay TV?

By | Monday March 17, 2014 @ 9:06am PDT

Time Warner‘s premium channel is approaching the point where a change would pay off, but there’s no need to hurry, according to data from an online survey of 2,501 adults out today from Morgan Stanley’s Benjamin Swinburne. HBOGOSome 44% of broadband-only Read More »

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PaleyFest: ‘Orange Is The New Black’ Panel Talks New Backstories, Screwdrivers And Who “Shakes Everything Up” In Season 2

By | Friday March 14, 2014 @ 10:48pm PDT

jenji KohanAuthentic. Risky. Diverse. Conversation starter. Those are the kinds of words that often pop up in describing Orange Is the New Black, and they were among the many topics creator Jenji Kohan and a dozen castmembers discussed during the prison dramedy’s PaleyFest panel Friday. “Our focus is on character, and these people are individuals,” Kohan said early on. “We talk about them like they’re people we know. And you don’t approach it like, ‘Well what does the black one do? What does the Latino one do?’ It’s like you know these people – you can’t view it as tokenism.” Said Laverne Cox, who plays Sophia Burset: “We should talk about the conversations that this show has sparked — who isPaleyfest 2014 logo in prison and why are people in prison, things we need to talk about more in this country. It’s important for the trans community; a lot of people are having conversations about trans people that they weren’t having. Amazing conversations about diversity, a lot of important things that we need to be talking about.” Kohan chimed in: “But it’s natural, its normative – it’s presented as something that’s part of everyone’s life. It’s not the ‘very special episode about the trans character.’ It’s normalizing this conversation.”

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DreamWorks Animation Beefs Up Netflix Lineup With ‘King Julien,’ ‘Puss In Boots’ And ‘Veggie Tales’

By | Thursday March 13, 2014 @ 6:14am PDT

DreamWorks Animation Obama VFXLOS ANGELES, March 13, 2014  – King Julien has officially decreed that Turbo and his Fast Action Stunt Team cannot hog all the extreme fun. In an effort to appease the lively lemur from Madagascar, DreamWorks Animation and Netflix are announcing three new original series to debut on the world’s leading Internet television network in late 2014: King Julien (in his very own show, of course), Puss in Boots (the legendary cat has nine lives worth of stories to be told) and Veggie Tales in the House (new recipes for faith-based values as Bob and Larry venture off the counter top).

Not to be outdone, Turbo and the team are revving their engines for all new episodes from the first season of Turbo FAST, available for streaming on April 4. Netflix’s first original series for kids launched Christmas last year and became an instant favorite across the world. Families in the U.S. and Canada can also now catch up on the back story of all the speedy snails with the arrival of the feature film Turbo on Netflix.

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‘Marco Polo’ Crew Mourns Ju Kun; Asst Martial Arts Choreographer Is Among Missing On Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

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Ju_Kun_-_MPUPDATE: Netflix and The Weinstein Company have just sent a statement regarding Ju Kun: “We are deeply saddened by the news about Malaysia Airlines Flight 370,” they said in a joint statement. “Ju Kun, who was on board, was an integral part of our production team and a tremendous talent. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time.”

EARLIER: Among the passengers missing and believed to have perished on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is Ju Kun, the veteran martial arts expert and assistant martial arts choreographer on Marco Polo, the Netflix/The Weinstein Company series pilot that is scheduled to begin production in three weeks. The 35-year old stuntman had completed a day of training and choreography and made a quick trip from Pinewood Studios in Malaysia to his home in Beijing, which was why he boarded the flight that disappeared 35,000 feet over Vietnam. Read More »

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Netflix Taking ‘From Dusk Till Dawn’ To International Territories

dusk till dawnFrom Dusk Till Dawn, the first original series from the El Rey Network, is based on the cult horror movie by Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino. Internationally, it’s being branded as From Dusk Read More »

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Netflix Hooks Up New Seasons Of Canada’s ‘Trailer Park Boys’ For Global Streaming

By | Thursday March 6, 2014 @ 1:56am PST

Trailer Park BoysIn its first exclusive order of original Canadian content, Netflix has sealed a deal with Entertainment One to revive the popular comedy Trailer Park Boys. The series originally ran on Canada’s Showcase, with the seventh … Read More »

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Norbert Leo Butz Joins Netflix’s Thriller Drama Series From ‘Damages’ Creators

By | Tuesday March 4, 2014 @ 6:33pm PST
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butzEXCLUSIVE: The Rayburn siblings are all in place. Broadway star Norbert Leo Butz is set to co-star opposite Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini and Sissy Spacek in Netflix‘s 13-episode psychological thriller from Damages creators Todd A. Kessler, Daniel … Read More »

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Netflix CFO Says Comcast Deal Was Needed To Improve Subscriber Experience

By | Monday March 3, 2014 @ 2:57pm PST

Netflix had to make its potentially netflixgame-changing new deal to pay Comcast for improved service over its broadband lines because “there were some choke points around peak usage times,” the streaming service’s CFO David Wells said today at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecom Conference. That should ease now that the agreement — Comcast new logowhich eliminates intermediaries handling Netflix traffic to Comcast — will “shore up the long-term subscriber experience.” Some investors are concerned that the arrangement might become costly. But Wells says not to worry: the additional outlays won’t change its forecast for fatter profit margins in its U.S. streaming business this year. The amount Netflix will pay Comcast “was incremental, but not to the point where we’re changing that.” Nor is he concerned that other broadband providers will now insist on large payments to improve Netflix transmissions. Others “could” ask for a similar deal, and the company is “somewhat caught in the middle” because it wants to ensure “a long-term subscriber experience” that will require more bandwidth as it offers more HD and, soon, 4K transmissions. Still, “not all ISPs are created equal,” Wells says, and “we’re not going to be interested in doing anything that will meaningfully change the economics.” Read More »

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Deadline Big Media 74 – The Comcast And Netflix Make A Deal Podcast

By and | Friday February 28, 2014 @ 6:28pm PST

Deadline BIG MEDIA ep 74In this week’s podcast, Deadline Executive Editor David Lieberman and host David Bloom look at the many implications of Netflix’s big, big deal with Comcast to ensure better video quality of its shows streamed by their mutual customers. The deal could affect the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger, net neutrality issues, the business of online video and much more, and likely will serve as a template for other content-quality deals to come. They also take a peek at a multimillion-dollar production-incentive package that persuaded Disney to shoot a Netflix-only Marvel series in New York City and preview another interesting Disney online-content venture, this one involving live streaming online of this weekend’s Oscar telecast on ABC.

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Global Showbiz Watch 27 – When Frenemies Unite Podcast

Global Showbiz Watch ep 27In this week’s audio podcast, Deadline International Editor Nancy Tartaglione and host David Bloom look at the possibility that frenemies John Malone and Rupert Murdoch will combine and snap up the UK’s Channel 5, even as a booming ITV opts out; and Amazon’s new combination platter of Prime services that are challenging Netflix more aggressively in Britain, including through a partnership with the BBC to revive the cancelled period drama Ripper Street. They also preview those other big awards this weekend, France’s Cesars, and take their weekly look at the international box office, as both Frozen and The Hobbit 2: The Desolation Of Smaug continue to rack up huge cumulative grosses.

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Netflix To Offer Exclusive Pokémon Anime Beginning March 1

By | Thursday February 27, 2014 @ 7:35am PST

netflix_logo__121008075714-200x92__130701074658The deal includes the first season of the TV series Pokémon: Indigo League, Pokemon: Black & White season and two feature-length Pokémon movies. The Pokémon: Black & White season will be available in all Netflix territories including the U.S., Canada, Latin America, … Read More »

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Disney To Film Marvel Series For Netflix In New York As Part Of Multimillion-Dollar Incentive Package

By | Wednesday February 26, 2014 @ 8:28am PST

New York was “our first choice” to film four NYC-based Marvel “Defenders” series and a miniseries planned for Netflix beginning in 2015, Disney CEO Bob Iger said today during a press event in NY announcing the deal.disney-logo__130110173452-200x133 But the Empire State’s taxpayers had to help seal the deal for what officials say is the biggest film or TV production commitment ever for New York: The state provided the entertainment giant with undisclosed breaks and incentives estimated at $4M for MarvelNYCthe project that’s projected to create 3,000 jobs including 400 full time ones in the Big Apple. They’ll work on 52 one-hour live action episodes and a miniseries built around Marvel characters Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage in what Disney calls “the gritty world of heroes and villains of Hell’s Kitchen, New York.” Taxpayers had to sweeten the terms for Disney because there was “a lot of competition from different cities” to land the production, Iger says. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the commitment is “exciting,” and a win for his efforts to broaden the economic base which heavily depends on financial institutions. The economic downturn in 2008 “was a wake-up call for the state of New York…you have to diversify,” he said at announcement with Iger. The Disney chief says that no decision has been made with Netflix about whether the series’ episodes will be released all at once or individually.

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Jeffrey Katzenberg Says ‘Turbo’ Franchise Will Be Profitable Even Though The Film Isn’t

By | Tuesday February 25, 2014 @ 2:32pm PST

The DreamWorks Animation CEO still has a lot invested in snails — with Netflix carrying the studio’s animated series Turbo FAST — and says the film’s failure doesn’t mean the TV show will skid off track. Read More »

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Short Subject Documentary Oscar Nominee ‘Lady in Number 6′ To Netflix

By | Monday February 24, 2014 @ 3:30pm PST

netflix_logo2EXCLUSIVE: The Documentary Short subject Oscar nominee Lady in Number 6: How Music Saved My Life about the late Alice Herz Sommer, who died Sunday in a London hospital at the age of 110, has just been acquired by Netflix. … Read More »

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Netflix Shares Touch New All-Time High After Deal With Comcast

By | Monday February 24, 2014 @ 2:12pm PST

What goes up must — keep going up? That’s what investors seem to think about Netflix, even after it unveiled a “mutually beneficial interconnection agreement” with Comcast widely believed to include payments to guarantee that its broadband customers receive “a high-quality Netflix video experience for years to come”. netflix_logo__121008075714-200x92__130701074658Share prices for the market’s biggest gainer in 2013, with stock values +312%, are up another 21.4% so far in 2014 — and touched yet another new high today at $449.69. The price retreated a little to close at $447, +3.4% on the day. Investors believe that Netflix used its leverage to influence Comcast’s $42.5B deal to buy Time Warner Cable to negotiate payments that will be low enough to keep profits growing and high enough to help it dominate rivals. “Few others can match [Netflix's] spend without incurring massive losses,” Janney Capital Markets’ Tony Wible says. Barclays Capital’s Kannan Venkateshwar also sees the deal as a positive for Netflix, even though this is “the first time in the cable industry’s history a content provider will pay for direct access to the [broadband] pipe.”

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Comcast’s Deal With Netflix Shows It Learned The Lesson From Hollywood’s SOPA Debacle

By | Monday February 24, 2014 @ 10:17am PST

Studios’ failed effort in 2012 to promote the Stop Online Piracy Act (or SOPA) made it clear: Big Media companies had better not mess with Silicon Valley. Comcast-new-logo__130212144603-200x112Too many people love the Internet, and they’ll crush anyone deemed to be a threat to the medium by its biggest service providers including Google, Apple, Facebook, Yahoo, and Netflix. That’s why Comcast needs to make peace with tech companies as the cable giant promotes its planned $42.5B acquisition of Time Warner Cable — and suggests that the new interconnection deal with Netflix is the first of many agreements with tech world Goliaths. If they’re unhappy, then they may embolden Washington regulators reviewing the TWC acquisition to demand a long list of concessions –and under extreme circumstances could even block the deal.

Netflix headquartersWhile terms with Netflix weren’t disclosed, the agreement will ensure that Comcast’s broadband customers receive, as the companies put it, “a high-quality Netflix video experience for years to come.” Bernstein Research’s Carlos Kirjner says this morning that he’d be “surprised” if the Comcast-Netflix agreement “was not conditional on a tacit (if not explicit) agreement by Netflix not to lobby regulators” to demand detailed promises to protect Internet access. Others, including Stifel analyst Benjamin Mogil, are waiting to hear about additional terms with Netflix, including a promise to add the service to Comcast’s set top box so subscribers don’t have to switch to a different input when they want to watch the streaming service on their TV sets.  Read More »

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UPDATE: Netflix Agrees To Pay Comcast For Broadband Access; Public Knowledge Calls For FCC, DOJ Action

By | Sunday February 23, 2014 @ 2:53pm PST

netflix_logo2UPDATE, 2:53 PM: DC-based public interest group Public Knowledge raised its concerns over the Netflix-Comcast deal in a statement Sunday. Said John Bergmayer, Senior Staff Attorney at Public Knowledge:

“No one on the outside knows what is happening in this market.

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