☀️ Korea & Tom Cruise lead NETFLIX Films Viewing
Tale of 2 Ad strategies as AMAZON makes NETFLIX-like asks / SHOWTIME exits sports / College football's big 2023
Mornin! This is Sean McNulty (connect with me on LinkedIn here if ya like), and here’s the Hollywood + Media news to know on WEDNESDAY Oct. 18, 2023.
Where saying something in the ‘public town square’ will now cost $1 a month in NEW ZEALAND and the PHILIPPINES.
Yes, X is running a test of charging a $1 a month fee to new X users in those countries for the ability tweet (or… X? what’s the new word for tweeting? 🤷♂️), or also retweet anything.
You can still scroll feeds for free, i.e. just stand outside the town square and listen. Just don’t make any eye contact.
ALSO: SUNDANCE tix go on sale today.
PLUS: SNL next week 👇.
THEN: META now allows you to limit INSTA following you across the web - info here.
🪧 STRIKE FORCE:
George Clooney, Emma Stone, Ben Affleck, Tyler Perry and Scarlett Johansson met with SAG-AFTRA leadership yesterday (via Zoom, not a carpool) to get filled in on the details around the whole rev share thing. See ya on the picket lines!
IN TODAY’S EDITION
Tom Cruise had the most popular movie in America on NETFLIX last week… and no, it’s not an Mission: Impossible pic.
Plus int’l audiences continue their big October on the service and more, with a South Korean pic taking the crown.
Add SHOWTIME SPORTS next to MTV NEWS as longtime institutions now abandoned at PAR.
A look at Q3 projections & what to keep an eye on in the NETFLIX Q3 report later today… as the company gets a favorable tax ruling from a U.S. District judge.
Big football audience numbers return this weekend - except for NFL games in Europe which continue to be duds, as College Football sets an impressive feat and more.