WED 3.3.21: NETFLIX buys Colin Firth WWII movie
GLOW creators set APPLE TV series / Jodie Comer gets big Ridley Scott NAPOLEON movie role
Mornin! Here’s the Hollywood + MediaBiz news to know on WEDNESDAY 3.3.2021.
Where ABC News did a really great premiere of their new 6 part “Soul of a Nation” show last night. If you missed it - quite powerful, worth adding to your HULU watchlist (although as of this morning… I could not find it featured on the service ☹️).
🎧 MUSIC TO READ BY
Also while Texas may now be “100% Open”… 🥴, the CMA Fest in June is now canceled in Nashville.
And if you’d like to walk or drive & get this news - THE WAKEUP is also a podcast:
📽 THE SILVER SCREEN
Called “Operation Mincemeat”, directed by John Madden (“Shakespeare In Love”), from producers of “The King’s Speech”.
Firth & Matthew Macfadyen (“Succession”) star as intelligence officers who use a dead guy to mount a disinformation campaign against the Nazis. Kelly Macdonald among the co-stars.
$15 Mil is for North America & LATAM rights only. Other territories already sold. /Deadline
Chris Pine & Michelle Rodriguez leading the good guys. /THR
Co-starring with Joaquin Phoenix as Napoleon in “Kitbag”. Jodie also had a role in Ridley’s upcoming Matt & Ben (and Adam Driver) movie “The Last Duel” at DISNEY FOX.
Will shoot after Ridley finishes his Gucci movie. /Deadline
ALSO IN MOVIES
Lena Dunham just finished directing & starring in a movie in LA, around the theme of female sexuality. Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jon Bernthal and Scott Speedman co-star. FilmNation currently repping sales. /Variety
LIONSGATE adds Kathy Bates to Judy Blume “Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret” movie. Will play Rachel McAdams’s mom. /Deadline
Nicey Nash joins Gabrielle Union for NETFLIX RomCom “The Perfect Find”. Beauty journalist falls in love with the Boss’s son at her new job. /Deadline
LIONSGATE moving its PayTV/Streaming output deal to STARZ in 2022. (LGA owns STARZ). Current output deal is at HULU. /THR
Sony PlayStation closing Movie & TV digital download store at the end of August. /Variety
📺 THE TV SET
Called “Roar” - 8 half-hour episodes about what it means to be a woman. Merritt Weaver & Alison Brie also starring.
Based on a book of short stories by Cecelia Ahern. /THR
4 episodes, called “The Girl Before”, based on best selling book.
Woman gets a chance to live in a sweet house from a baller architect - but no books, photos or clutter are allowed (wifi TBD). But she soon discovers the fate of the woman who lived there before her - turns out she’s totally fine. Ahem 😳. /Variety
Down about 75% in 18-49 demo.
GRAMMYS you’re up next on March 14th. Still love this bit tho 👏. /Variety
ALSO IN TV
FOX adding 1 hour animation block to Mondays this Summer with “Duncanville” and new show “Housebroken”. /THR
“Superman & Lois” renewed for Season 2 at TheCW.
AMAZON ordered Season 2 of “Making the Cut”. Will air this Summer TBD.
FREEFORM gets new SVP/Head of Marketing - Joe Ortiz. (previously at NOW THIS & longtime MTV exec). /Deadline
💻 THE MEDIA BIZ
🤓 Time - gonna do some streaming numbers analysis so… if that makes ya 😴 just scroll past the next 2 items to see people taking drugs in space.
And I totally just lost everyone didn’t I? 🤦♂️
That’s +25% from 2019. Compared to video:
NETFLIX stands around 66 Million subs in the US.
DISNEY+ around 40 Million, HULU about 35 Million.
Count AMAZON PRIME… however ya like. 🤷♂️
US video streaming subscriptions obviously dwarf 75 million total. But it’s rare that someone would have 2 music subscriptions - Obviously not the case with video streaming subscriptions. So in terms of the number of people who pay to stream Video vs Music, it’s probably now somewhat close.
ALSO: Music Streaming revenue made up 83% of all music industry revenue in 2020 (just over $10 Billion total). Includes everything from SPOTIFY revenue, to YOUTUBE & VEVO, and PANDORA etc.
Physical copies & digital downloads are now just 15% of music biz revenue.
ALSO ALSO: Vinyl outsold CD’s for the first time since 1986 (#SlipperyWhenWet4eva): $626 Million to $483 Million. /RIAA
It’s no ROKU or AMAZON FIRE (roughly 50 Million users each)… but likely pretty close to APPLE TV device usage, and ahead of ANDROID TV/CHROMECAST devices.
VIZIO’s streaming user base is +60% vs 2019. However VIZIO did not define how often those 12 Mil “active” users stream video (monthly, weekly etc?). Also SmartCastOS comes with VIZIO TVs - you don’t have to choose to buy a separate device like with the others.
Even better: VIZIO made +80% more money from its video streaming base last year vs 2019. All generated from video ads it shows them, to the tune of $13/year per user, which totaled $147 Million. That’s just 7% of total VIZIO 2020 revenue, but again an increase of 80% in one year.
There are larger implications involved with this that I’ll lay out in a separate longer read this weekend. But I’ll round out here with how bullish VIZIO sees this growth - the “TV maker” plans to go public this year.
ALSO: Streaming advertising revenue at DISNEY (HULU, ESPN+, ABC.com etc) is projected to surpass ABC Network revenue in 2021 for the first time. /Bloomberg
🎥 TRAILER HOUSE
LIONSGATE “Voyagers” teaser trailer. If you ever thought to yourself - “Huh, wonder happens when you send a bunch of adolescents into space and give them (what looks like) Ecstasy?” You should really get a job at LIONSGATE.
Tye Sheridan, Lily-Rose Depp, Fionn Whitehead and Colin Farrell star. In theaters April 9th.
FOX “Prodigal Son” Season 2 trailer, with Catherine Zeta Jones & Alan Cumming joining the show. Starts April 13th.
👩💻 NEW TO WATCH:
NETFLIX high school movie “Moxie”, directed by Amy Poehler (who also has a supporting role). Teen girls take on sexism at their school - Add it to your Queue Here.
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