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Posted Wednesday 12/05/18 at 10:56PM EST
Netflix proves it's the Walmart of media with its hefty Friends deal
“I compared Netflix one time to Walmart, not derogatorily,” AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said Tuesday at the UBS media conference. “It was taken derogatorily. But when I’m shopping and I say I need something XYZ, I go to Walmart. Well, if you’re looking for video content regardless of what it is, people will go to Netflix because it’s just a warehouse, and it’s an impressive warehouse of content.” As Michael Schneider points out, "the perception that Netflix offers almost everything is what keeps subscribers willing to keep paying $10.99 a month, even if in actuality there’s plenty of TV that can’t be found (and never will be) on the service. Netflix has become shorthand for' 'all things TV' in less than a decade, thanks to little competition and a willingness by Hollywood studios to license popular off-net shows like Friends, Full House, and The Office for a handsome fee... And the amazing thing is, even as they finally wake up and scramble to create their own services to combat Netflix’s domination, the traditional Hollywood studios still can’t resist that sweet, sweet cash." ALSO: WarnerMedia may not want to keep Friends streaming rights all to itself because it would have to pay expensive streaming fees.
Posted Tuesday 12/04/18 at 5:50PM EST
Netflix's new Friends deal is actually worth between $70 million to $80 million for 2019 streaming rights
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The Hollywood Reporter says The New York Times report that the deal is worth "around $100 million" was exaggerated. Even by shelling out $70 million to $80 million for Friends streaming rights for 2019, Netflix is paying more than double what it has been paying for the past four years -- $30 million a year.
Posted Tuesday 12/04/18 at 1:01PM EST
Friends reruns will stream on Netflix and also likely on WarnerMedia's new streaming service
Source: The Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal reports of Netflix's potential new non-exclusive deal for Friends streaming rights: "The multiyear pact is in the process of being finalized," but "unlike the usual Netflix content deals, streaming exclusivity for Friends isn’t guaranteed for the length of the deal....Netflix will continue to be the exclusive streaming home of Friends for 2019. After that, WarnerMedia has an option to put the show on its own streaming platforms either exclusively or in a shared window." The lack of streaming exclusivity will likely mean that Netflix will pay less for rights to Friends. AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson confirmed a non-exclusive deal is in the works. “That’s a Warner Bros. property,” the AT&T Chairman and CEO said this morning. “Well, (Netflix) re-signed it on a non-exclusive basis. What does that mean? That means Friends could go on to our platform as well.” UPDATE: Netflix will pay "around $100 million" to continue streaming Friends in 2019, a big jump from the $30 million a year it was paying.
Posted Monday 12/03/18 at 5:56PM EST
Friends is staying on Netflix, at least for now
Fans of Friends reruns on Netflix series went into a tizzy after a message on Netflix's Friends page stated that the series was "Available Until 01/01/2019," which led to a petition to save Friends on Netflix. Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos told The Hollywood Reporter today the "departure is a rumor." The message has since been deleted from the Netflix Friends page. The message seemed believable because WarnerMedia is planning to launch its own streaming service, and it is believed that Friends will be major part of its package. But Entertainment Weekly and Variety are reporting that there may be talks between Netflix and Warner Bros. TV for the streaming service to retain the streaming rights. Friends, which debuted on Netflix on Jan. 1, 2019, has been one of its most popular shows. UPDATE: Netflix tweets Friends will be available "throughout 2019."
Posted Friday 11/30/18 at 1:25PM EST
Warner Bros. TV to investigate domestic violence allegations against Black Lightning showrunner Salim Akil
According to Deadline, Akil has not been suspended after actress Amber Dixon Brenner filed a lawsuit last week alleging sexual and physical abuse. "While not saying anything publicly and taking a stance of innocent until proven guilty when it comes to the EP, the studio will be conducting an inquiry with cast and crew on the Atlanta filmed show and OWN’s Love Is_, we’ve learned," Deadline reports, adding: "Even though the claims against Akil have nothing to do with his role as showrunner on Black Lightning, this move by the studio is now pretty standard practice in such circumstances. The aim is to address safety and other concerns on the series by cast and crew and confidentially discover if they have information they would like to share."
Posted Monday 11/12/18 at 10:33AM EST
ALF reboot is reportedly dead
According to TVLine's Michael Ausiello, "Cats far and wide can breathe a sigh of relief: I’m hearing the proposed reboot is not moving forward at this time after failing to attract a suitor." Ausiello first reported that Warner Bros. TV was interested in rebooting the 1980s NBC alien comedy on Aug. 1.
Posted Thursday 11/08/18 at 5:28PM EST
The Satanic Temple files $50 million lawsuit over Chilling Adventures of Sabrina's use of a satanic deity
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Netflix and Warner Bros. are the targets of the lawsuit over the new Sabrina series, with The Satanic Temple alleging misappropriation of its statue of Baphomet, confusion of origin, and injury of reputation over a sculpture designed to be "a central part of its efforts to promote First Amendment values." "Baphomet is a historical deity which has a complex history, having been associated with accusations of devil worship against the Knight Templar," explains The Satanic Temple in its lawsuit. "Baphomet historically involved a goat’s head (sometimes known as the 'Sabbatic Goat') on a female body associated with Lilith, a figure from Jewish mysticism sometimes considered a goddess of the night. The classic visual representation of idea of Baphomet is an image created in or about 1856 by an occult historian Eliphas Levi..."
Posted Monday 9/17/18 at 4:43PM EDT
Chasing Hillary: Hillary Clinton campaign TV series is in the works
Warner Bros. TV has acquired the rights to New York Times reporter Amy Chozick's memoir, Chasing Hillary: Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns and One Intact Glass Ceiling, recounting her experience covering Clinton's 2008 and 2016 presidential campaigns.
Posted Wednesday 8/22/18 at 2:39PM EDT
The Big Bang Theory to end this year with Season 12
On Aug. 5, CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl said at the TV press tour "we don't believe it's the final year" and "we are in preliminary discussions to renew the show with Warner Bros." Today, The Big Bang Theory producers announced that the sitcom won't go beyond the upcoming Season 12. “We are forever grateful to our fans for their support of The Big Bang Theory during the past twelve seasons," Warner Bros. TV and Chuck Lorre Productions said in a joint statement. "We, along with the cast, writers and crew, are extremely appreciative of the show’s success and aim to deliver a final season, and series finale, that will bring The Big Bang Theory to an epic creative close.”
Posted Wednesday 8/22/18 at 1:56PM EDT
Jessica Jones creator Melissa Rosenberg is departing for an eight-figure Warner Bros. TV deal
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Rosenberg, who is currently finishing up the third season of Jessica Jones, will depart the Netflix/Marvel series to develop new shows for Warner Bros. TV. The Hollywood Reporter says Netflix tried to get her to stay, but Warner Bros. TV outbid the streaming service. As The Hollywood Reporter points out, "Rosenberg's deal marks a key win for traditional studios, which have seen a number of top showrunners (Shonda Rhimes, Ryan Murphy, Kenya Barris) exit for lucrative Netflix pacts."
Posted Wednesday 8/01/18 at 4:00PM EDT
An ALF reboot is reportedly in the works
Warner Bros. TV is in the early stages of a reboot of the "Alien Life Form" sitcom that aired on NBC from 1986 to 1990, starring the cuddly, beloved, sarcastic and very hairy extraterrestrial, according to TVLine. WBTV is searching for a writer for the potential reboot. As Michael Ausiello notes, the character ALF "remains something of a hot pop culture property" despite his sitcom ending 28 years ago. ALF has popped up on everything from The Simpsons to The Big Bang Theory to Guardians of the Galaxy and commercials for DirecTV and Radio Shack. Ausiello says it's unclear if Paul Fusco, ALF's voice and puppeteer, will have any connection to the potential reboot.
Posted Tuesday 7/10/18 at 1:20PM EDT
RuPaul may become a daytime talk show host
The RuPaul’s Drag Race host is taping a talk show pilot for Telepictures that is targeting a fall 2019 launch. According to Variety, the proposed talk show "will feature the host bringing his unique, positive and aspirational point of view to the format, interviewing celebrities, giving beauty and glam tips, playing games, and dishing on pop culture. He’s not expected to do cooking or exercise segments, which have been typical daytime fare. Frequent collaborator Michelle Visage is also expected to play a major role."
Posted Monday 6/25/18 at 1:35PM EDT
Riverdale has been promoted to Comic-Con's massive Hall H
The CW teen drama will make its third appearance at Comic-Con with an appearance, but its first in the convention's biggest room. Warner Bros. TV also announced its Comic-Con slate, including Arrow, Black Lightning, Supernatural and Castle Rock will also appear in San Diego next month.
Posted Monday 6/11/18 at 2:37PM EDT
Looney Tunes is getting a short-form revival
Warner Bros Animation announced it is creating new episodes of the cartoon classic that span one to six minutes, with plans for 1,000 minutes each season. The new episodes will be made available across multiple platforms, including digital, mobile and broadcast.
Posted Thursday 6/07/18 at 2:05PM EDT
Greg Berlanti inks a Warner Bros. TV mega-deal that could be worth $400 million
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Berlanti, who now produces a record-breaking 14 TV shows, will stay with Warner Bros. TV through 2024 under his new pact. The deal is only for his TV work. Berlanti, who recently directed Love, Simon, has a separate film deal with Fox. The Hollywood Reporter reports that the deal is "worth $400 million in all-cash guarantees," adding that Warner Bros. executives "aggressively pursued Berlanti for a new deal. Berlanti, who values loyalty, is said to have been happy at the studio and did not take meetings with any other outlet despite interest from Netflix, among other outlets." (Other sources say the deal is worth "more than $300 million.")