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Netflix CEO Reed Hastings: “We Compete So Broadly” That HBO, Disney Only Matter “On The Margin”

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos say original programming is starting to overtake acquired fare and its platform has scaled to the point that linear rivals like HBO and Disney are not principal’s main rivals. Those were two of the key takeaways from Netflix’s fourth-quarter earnings interview, the company’s answer to the traditional earnings call. This quarter’s edition was moderated by Eric Sheridan, an analyst with UBS. Sheridan asked… Read

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Discovery Ups Loren Ruch, Betsy Ayala, Lynn Sadofsky At HGTV, Food Network

Discovery has announced the promotions of Loren Ruch, Betsy Ayala and Lynn Sadofsky at HGTV and Food Network. Ruch has been upped to Group SVP of Production & Development for HGTV, based in New York, while Ayala is promoted to SVP of Production & Development for HGTV based in Knoxville. Both report to network president Allison Page. Sadofsky will now be SVP of Production & Development for Food Network based in New York, reporting to network president Courtney… Read

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‘Big Brother: Celebrity Edition’ Reveals Cast Members For 2nd Season: Anthony Scaramucci, Kato Kaelin Enter The Fray

A grab-bag of pop cultural names spanning the realms of politics, sports and the O.J. Simpson case make up the cast for the second season of Big Brother: Celebrity Edition on CBS. In alphabetical order, the cast includes: Jonathan Bennett, Tamar Braxton, Kandi Burruss, Tom Green, Lolo Jones, Kato KaelinJoey Lawrence, Ryan Lochte, Dina Lohan, Natalie Eva Marie, Anthony Scaramucci and Ricky Williams. Julie Chen will return as host of the show, she revealed last week… Read

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Sling TV Says ‘Fixer Upper’ And ‘The Incredibles’ Were 2018’s Most Popular Show And Movie Rental

Sling TV has revealed the most popular shows, movies and live events of 2018 among the 2.4 million subscribers to its skinny-bundle TV service. Fixer Upper, the wildly popular Chip and Joanna Gaines series that has just wrapped up its run on HGTV, topped the series list. It edged The Big Bang Theory, Family Guy, House Hunters and Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, in order. (Discovery, it is worth noting, snagged three of the top five spots.) The most DVR’d show on the Dish… Read

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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

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E! Orders ‘Dating #NoFilter’ Blind Dating Series For January Premiere

E! has ordered 20 half-hour episodes of Dating #NoFilter, a new comedy blind dating series from Lime Pictures and All3Media America, for premiere next month. Dating #NoFilter will air Monday through Thursday starting January 21 at 10:30 PM, for five weeks on E! Dating #NoFilter is described as a fresh and hilariously honest take on the modern dating scene for the socially savvy, right-swiping generation. In each episode, three pairs of outspoken comedians will serve up… Read

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High-Wire Walk Over Active Volcano Live TV Special Starring Bello Nock In Works At Essential Media

The genre of high-stakes stunts on live TV is looking to push new boundaries. Australia and U.S. producer Essential Media Group (Saving Mr. Banks, Miracle on Everest) has teamed with daredevil performer Bello Nock (America’s Got Talent) and his Opportunity Nocks, Inc. on Volcano Walk Live. It is envisioned as a live three-hour live primetime TV stunt special featuring Nock in a tightrope walk over one of the world’s most active volcanoes. The project, which marks… Read

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Discovery Shows Q3 Softness But Stays Bullish On Skinny Bundle Presence And Ability To Play “Above The Globe”

Discovery Communications reported mixed third-quarter results, but executives during a conference call with Wall Street analysts pointed to expanding skinny-bundle distribution and growth overseas. Six months after closing its $14 billion acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive, the company reported adjusted earnings per share of 52 cents, which fell short of Wall Street’s consensus estimate of 59 cents. Total revenue reached $2.59 billion, which met expectations. On… Read

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Robert Durst Murder Trial Seeks Ryan Gosling Movie Screening To Convict Heir

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Ryan Gosling is attracting a lot of awards-season attention right now for his role as Neil Armstrong in First Man, but for the Los Angeles County District Attorney, today the moonshot is all about his thinly veiled portrayal of Robert Durst in 2010’s All Good Things. Seriously. “All Good Things, although a ‘fictional’ movie, was specifically based and marketed as the story of the disappearance and death of defendant Robert Durst’s (‘Defendant’) wife, the subsequent murder… Read

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GRB Studios Promotes Scot Cru To President After Rebrand And Reorg

GRB Entertainment is now calling itself GRB Studios, a shift that suits its new push toward content and distribution, with the rebranded company promoting Scot Cru to president. Cru joined the unscripted programming specialist in July as president of international sales and distribution after a 15-year run working for Mark Burnett’s production company. The announcement was made by Gary R. Benz, founder and CEO of GRB, which is best known for its long-running A&E reality… Read

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‘Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown’ Bids Farewell At Tribeca TV Festival In An Emotional Sendoff

Forget This is Us. The emotional roller-coaster of the TV season may have been tonight’s world premiere of the Season 12 premiere of Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown at the Tribeca TV Festival. The crowd at Spring Studios laughed, cried, oohed and ahhed as the episode set in Kenya unfolded. CNN has announced five episodes and two specials will comprise the farewell season, which kicks off Sunday night. As Bourdain shared the screen with fellow CNN host and comedian W. Kama… Read

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Hulu And Discovery Expand Distribution Ties Across Live, On-Demand

Hulu and Discovery have set an expanded distribution deal across Hulu’s live TV service as well as its subscription streaming platform. The deal will bring thousands of hours of Discovery unscripted programming to Hulu, which has previously carried certain Discovery titles. It also brings to eight the total number of Discovery networks available on Hulu’s skinny bundle TV package. Beginning in December, Discovery Channel, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Motor Trend and… Read