Netflix Topic Of Talk At HRTS Lunch

Once upon a time, the entire TV industry took the afternoon off to attend the Hollywood Radio and TV Society lunch coinciding with the launch of the broadcast networks’ fall season, to watch their bosses admit which pilot they passed on they now wish they’d picked up and answer other wholesome questions. These days, the mood is much darker; the dialogue between the execs onstage more closely resembled something cooked up by Ibsen in one of his less lighthearted moods. This year, Netflix, with its lack of ratings transparency, came in for a certain amount of grumbling today, picking up where HBO programming chief Michael Lombardo left off at last year’s lunch when he snarked, “I didn’t know there was an option for not reporting ratings.”

In case you missed it, here are this afternoon’s highlights:

Shoot the Messenger: Gail Berman HRTS“In this new world order, some of us are playing in the public space with a set of numbers, and some of us are not playing in the public space. … We have to make assumptions by guesswork or popularity contest. … I believe the media has allowed that notion to continue, and that’s why they’ve gotten away with that.”  — The Jackal Group Chairman and CEO Gail Berman

Netflix’s Day of Reckoning Is Coming: “Right now the Street is willing to say, ‘We don’t know how and when Netflix is being consumed, and right now we don’t care – we believe in their strategy.’” — FX Networks and FX Productions CEO John Landgraf

Silberman HRTSToo Much of a Good Distribution Thing? “I don’t know if there’s enough talent around to do great stuff for everybody.” — Chris Silbermann, founding partner of ICM Partners

In Re Yahoo Exec Prattling on About Being “Connective Tissue Between Creative and Audience”: ‘Yahoo gets to be at the head of the class with Community because of the money and efforts put out [on that comedy series] by NBC in the first place.” —  Berman

What Are Viewing Levels for Lionsgate’s Netflix Series Orange Is the New Black? “I don’t know. They’re very happy … and continue to order new seasons, and anecdotally it feels to me, as a consumer in the world, that it has made an impact on pop culture.” — Lionsgate Television Group cChairman Kevin Beggs


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