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Netflix Punches Back In Legal Fight With Viacom Over Exec Poaching

Netflix has responded to Viacom’s lawsuit claiming the streaming service poached a senior executive (a case mirroring a separate dust-up with Fox), saying the employment contract it allegedly breached is illegal and unenforceable. Viacom’s suit asserted that Netflix violated the contract of Momita Sengupta when the company hired her as VP of physical production for original series. In a court filing today (read it HERE), Netflix attorneys counter that Viacom knowingly… Read


‘Russian Doll’: Premiere Date & First-Look Photos For Netflix’s Natasha Lyonne Comedy

Netflix is getting ready to party with a Russian. The streamer has set a February 1 premiere date and released first-look photos for Russian Doll, its comedy series starring Natasha Lyonne. Created by Lyonne, Amy Poehler and Leslye HeadlandRussian Doll follows a young woman named Nadia (Lyonne) on her journey as the guest of honor at a seemingly inescapable party one night in New York City. Greta Lee, Yul Vazquez, Elizabeth Ashley, Rebecca Henderson and Charlie Barnett… Read


CBS Launches CBSN New York In Local, Direct-To-Consumer News Push

Continuing its direct-to-consumer push, CBS has launched CBSN New York, the first of several planned services to stream anchored news coverage from its owned stations in major local markets. CBS Television Stations and CBS Interactive teamed on the new initiative, which follows the entry four years ago of CBSN, an ad-supported streaming extension of the CBS News brand. The company said CBSN’s tally of average monthly viewers has grown 30% over 2017 levels, with nearly 80%… Read


Netflix Originals Will Be More In Demand Than Licensed Titles By 2019 – Study


Demand for Netflix originals will outpace demand for licensed titles by October 2019, according to new research jointly undertaken by Parrot Analytics and Kagan, the media research unit of S&P Global Market Intelligence. Parrot, a TV analytics firm, and Kagan surveyed overall consumer demand for television content on Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now, Showtime, and Starz. Their report compared the sum of U.S. demand for both Netflix original series and the licensed titles available… Read


Smithsonian Networks Enters The Subscription Streaming Arena

Smithsonian Networks is entering the booming subscription streaming space, announcing the launch of Smithsonian Channel Plus. The ad-free, on-demand platform will cost $5 a month for access to more than a thousand hours of programming spanning history, air and space, nature and wildlife, science, travel and pop culture. Smithsonian Channel Plus adds to the overall offerings affiliated with CBS Corp., which has rolled out CBS All Access and Showtime in the SVOD space and… Read


Facebook Says 400 Million People A Month View ‘Watch’ Videos

Facebook said its nascent Watch service is attracting more than 400 million monthly viewers who spend at least a minute checking out videos, 75 million of whom spend an average of 20 minutes watching shows every day. The self-reported data reflects strong momentum for the year-old service which, prior to its global launch in August, reported just 50 million monthly users in the U.S. “We’re seeing that people are regularly coming back to catch up on the videos they care… Read


‘Bojack Horseman’ Home Video Deal Unites Shout! Factory And Michael Eisner’s Tornante Company

Bojack Horseman, the Netflix animated series and tastemakers’ delight, is branching out from its streaming home via a multi-year deal for home entertainment rights with Shout! Factory and Michael Eisner's The Tornante Company. Netflix will continue to stream the series, with its upcoming sixth season due in 2019. Shout! and Tornante will have exclusive Blu-ray and DVD rights to the first four seasons of the show in the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, and Éire; and seasons… Read


Jeffrey Katzenberg-Led Startup Quibi Hires Former DC Boss Diane Nelson As Head Of Operations

Diane Nelson, who steered DC Entertainment and also led interactive content and consumer products during a 20-year run at Warner Bros. that ended last summer, has resurfaced in a senior role at Quibi. She will run operations for the start-up led by Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman. Quibi plan to launch its mobile video offering at the end of 2019 after raising more than $1 billion in initial funding. Nelson, who confirmed the news via Facebook, became president of DC… Read


Adults 50-64 Are Most Media-Connected Age Group, Nielsen Says

The average U.S. adult is now connected to media for 10 hours and 24 minutes a day, with 50- to 64-year-olds the most plugged-in age group, according to Nielsen’s latest Total Audience Report. The verge-of-retirement-age set is connected to the Internet, smartphones, TV, connected devices and radio for 11 hours, 49 minutes daily. Contrast that with the highly prized 18-34 demo, which averages 8 hours, 8 minutes, about one-quarter of which is live and time-shifted… Read


TV Time Ranks ‘Friends’ As Most-Binged Show Of The Week, Adding Another Data Point To Netflix’s Decision To Renew The Sitcom

The television tracking app TV Time offers yet another data point validating Netflix’s decision to keep Ross, Rachel, Joey and Chandler hanging around the streaming service for another year. The Emmy Award-winning comedy landed at the top of TV Time’s weekly rankings of the most binged-watched television show for the third week in a row, based on data gleaned from users of the app. The number of people who reported watching four or more episodes at a time of Friends rose… Read


Netflix Reveals 2018’s Most-Binged Shows, Most-Re-Watched Original Movies

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Heading toward the end of another year of streaming growth, Netflix has offered a few tidbits of viewing data, naming The Kissing Booth its most-re-watched original movie and On My Block its “most binged” original show. Measuring global viewing between January 1 and November 28, the tech giant came well short of providing actionable ratings-style information on who is watching what. The press release had a more high-spirited, holiday tone, also ranking the actors whose… Read


Netflix Originals Gain Traction As Disney And WarnerMedia Plot Rival Services: Study

Many on Wall Street and in Hollywood wonder about Netflix’s plan to keep boosting original-content spending as major suppliers like Disney and WarnerMedia aim to pull their content from the streaming service. But new research shows the strategy appears to be working. Netflix original content accounted for 37% of all streams on the platform in October, up from 24% a year earlier and 14% in January 2017, according to a study by 7Park Data. Programming made by Fox offers a… Read