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Netflix Again Blows Past HBO, Others as No. 1 Pick for ‘Best Original Programming,’ Survey Finds

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Netflix Again Blows Past HBO, Others as No. 1 Pick for ‘Best Original Programming,’ Survey Finds
Netflix continues to wear the crown as having the “best original programming” among premium TV and over-the-top subscription services, according to new research from Morgan Stanley.

About 40% of consumers surveyed said the streamer is the No. 1 outlet on this front, up from 39% last year. The next highest scoring service was HBO, at 11%, which was down from 14% on the firm’s 2018 survey. The research comes out a day after HBO aired the series finale of “Game of Thrones” — which has rekindled questions about how much momentum HBO may lose now that its most popular show in recent years has concluded.

On Morgan Stanley’s latest survey, after Netflix in second place was “don’t know” with 32% of responses, indicating that many consumers don’t have a strong opinion about which network or Ott service has the best originals.

About 6% of respondents said Hulu has the “best original programming” (up from 4% a year ago),
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The Goodbye to Emmy DVD Screeners Has Already Begun (Column)

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Pour one out for the Emmy DVD screener. The Television Academy will no longer allow networks and studios to campaign by sending out physical discs as of next year, and thankfully some companies aren’t even waiting that long to eliminate the much-maligned mailers.

With Emmy For Your Consideration campaign season in high gear, those screener boxes are once again piling up on the counters and coffee tables of Academy members. But, as I learned in talking to network and studio execs at various Fyc events in recent weeks, at least the stack isn’t quite as tall this time around. That’s because several outlets have smartly decided to stop mailing screeners immediately, a year ahead of the ban.

Starz, A+E Networks and CBS TV Studios are among those that have cut out the DVD mailers altogether, while National Geographic isn’t doing full distribution to the entire Academy.
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10 Ridiculous Time Machines in Movies, TV, and Real Life

Chris Farnell May 14, 2019

In real-life and on screen, there are some crazy ideas about how time travel would work. Here comes the science...

This article comes from Den of Geek UK.

Maybe it’s just the constant, looming sensation that someone has got hold of a sports almanac they shouldn’t have, but there’s been a bit of an explosion in time travel lately. Whether it’s the time-heisting shenanigans of Avengers: Endgame, the red angel mystery in Star Trek: Discovery, the apocalyptic warnings of The Umbrella Academy, or the upcoming Spike Lee-produced See You Yesterday, time travel is our favorite retcon, the ultimate in foreshadowing, the best deus ex machina.

These stories largely use time travel as a plot device, rather than partaking in a serious exploration of how time travel could work, and audiences don’t really care about that so long as the internal logic of the story remains consistent.
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‘Game of Thrones’ Nabs No. 1 Spot as Most-Social TV Show in Q1, While Netflix’s Engagement Surges

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‘Game of Thrones’ Nabs No. 1 Spot as Most-Social TV Show in Q1, While Netflix’s Engagement Surges
The looming battle for Westeros led “Game of Thrones” to dominate social buzz in the first quarter of 2019 — even before HBO debuted the eighth and final season to record ratings last month.

More surprising than “Got” capturing the social crown, though, has Netflix’s impressive overall social engagement growth, according to data from research firm ListenFirst Media.

In Q1, after “Game of Thrones” the No. 2 TV show on ListenFirst’s social-interest ranking was Netflix’s comic-book adaptation “The Umbrella Academy,” followed by “You,” the psychological drama Netflix picked up for season 2 after debuting on Lifetime. Netflix’s awkward British comedy “Sex Education” was in the sixth spot, after Freeform’s “Shadowhunters” and The CW’s “Riverdale.”

Overall, streaming services have outpaced traditional TV networks in social engagement: Social engagement for streaming shows jumped 200% from Q1 2017 to Q1 2019, while broadcast and premium cable programs grew by 55% and 69%, respectively, during the same period,
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"Dark Horse" On Netflix

Dark Horse Entertainment, owners of online comic shop "Things From Another World" and publishers of "The Mask", "Timecop", "Hellboy", "R.I.P.D.", "Polar", "Duckman", "Axe Cop", "Dark Matter" and "Sin City", have entered into a production deal with Netflix to exclusively adapt more Dark Horse titles for the streaming service, thanks to the success of "The Umbrella Academy", now in its second season:

"We are very excited about this new arrangement with the talented people at Netflix," said Mike Richardson, Dark Horse president and founder.

"We have strong creative relationships as well as a large content library to work with, and, as we have seen with our recent projects, Netflix is the perfect partner to bring our stories to fans around the world."

Adds Netflix's Cindy Holland, "The Netflix teams are already working in deep collaboration with Dark Horse to identify projects...

"...beyond the world of traditional superheroes...

"...branching into horror, fantasy
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Netflix Signs First-Look Deal with Dark Horse Entertainment

Alec Bojalad May 9, 2019

Netflix and Dark Horse Entertainment have inked a deal for the streamer to get first rights for Dark Horse's IP.

Netflix's journey into the comic book realm just hit warp speed.

Netflix and Dark Horse Entertainment have announced that they've entered into an agreement in which Netflix will get a first look at TV and film rights for all of Dark Horse's intellectual property.

Netflix and Dark Horse had already established a relationship with Netflix producing Dark Horse content; including the successful The Umbrella Academy TV series and the decidedly less successful film Polar. This deal formalizes the two company's burgeoning relationship and both sides are already exploring future joint projects. In addition to The Umbrella Academy partnership, Dark Horse Comics is also home to the comic book version of Netflix's super hit Stranger Things.

Dark Horse Entertainment’s Mike Richardson, Keith Goldberg, and Paul Schwake
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Netflix Inks First-Look Deal With ‘Umbrella Academy’ Producers Dark Horse Entertainment

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Netflix has closed a first-look deal with The Umbrella Academy producers Dark Horse Entertainment. Under the pact, Dark Horse will give Netflix a first look at its IP for both film and TV and has started exploring future projects. Dark Horse Entertainment’s Mike Richardson, Keith Goldberg and Paul Schwake signed on to produce.

“We are very excited about this new arrangement with the talented people at Netflix,” said Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Entertainment’s President and Founder. “We have strong creative relationships as well as a large content library to work with and, as we have seen with our recent projects, Netflix is the perfect partner to bring our stories to fans around the world.”

Netflix and Dark Horse have previously collaborated on the action-comedy series The Umbrella Academy, which was recently renewed for a second season, as well as Jonas Åkerlund’s feature film Polar.

Dark Horse is
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Netflix Signs ‘Umbrella Academy’ Producer Dark Horse Entertainment to First-Look Deal

Netflix has signed a first-look overall deal with Dark Horse Entertainment, the producer behind the streamer’s drama “The Umbrella Academy.”

Under the new deal, Dark Horse Entertainment will give Netflix a first look at its IP for both film and TV and has started exploring future projects. Dark Horse Entertainment’s Mike Richardson, Keith Goldberg and Paul Schwake will produce all future projects. Dark Horse Entertainment is the production wing of comic book publisher, Dark Horse Comics.

Along with “The Umbrella Academy,” which has been renewed for a second season, the two companies have also partnered on Jonas Akerlund’s feature film “Polar.”

Also Read: 'Umbrella Academy' Star David Castañeda Is Just as Confused by Season 1's Ending as You Are (Video)

“We are very excited about this new arrangement with the talented people at Netflix,” Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Entertainment’s president and founder, said. “We have strong
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Netflix Signs First-Look Deal With ‘Umbrella Academy’ Producers Dark Horse Entertainment

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Netflix has closed a first look deal with Dark Horse Entertainment. Under the new deal, the company will give Netflix a first look at its IP for both film and TV with Dark Horse’s Mike Richardson, Keith Goldberg and Paul Schwake signed on to produce.

“We are very excited about this new arrangement with the talented people at Netflix,” said Richardson, Dark Horse Entertainment’s President and Founder. “We have strong creative relationships as well as a large content library to work with and, as we have seen with our recent projects, Netflix is the perfect partner to bring our stories to fans around the world.”

The two companies previously collaborated on the action-comedy series “The Umbrella Academy,” which Netflix recently touted on an earnings call for its viewership. The streaming giant recently renewed the series for a second season, as well as Jonas Åkerlund’s feature film “Polar.
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Star Trek: Discovery Was The Most Popular Streaming Show In April

While the past few years have been rather rough for Star Trek fans, things are on the up and up for Gene Roddenberry’s visionary franchise. After the fourth film was unceremoniously canceled – due to Beyond‘s poor box office performance – attention slowly shifted to the series’ future on the small screen. Earlier this year, rumors began circulating that Michelle Yeoh might be getting her own spinoff – where she would reprise her roles as Captain Georgiou – and just last week, production officially began on a Picard series, led by legendary actor Patrick Stewart.

And then of course, there’s Star Trek: Discovery, which just wrapped up its second season. This digital-only show is available for streaming on CBS All Access, and stars Sonequa Martin-Green as Michael Burnham, a science specialist aboard the USS Discovery. Doug Jones, Shazad Latif, Anthony Rapp and Mary Wiseman round out of the ship’s crew.
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Netflix Inks First-Look Deal With 'The Umbrella Academy' Publisher Dark Horse

Netflix has signed a first-look deal with comic book publisher Dark Horse Entertainment.

The two companies worked together on the streamer's recent series The Umbrella Academy, which was renewed for a second season, and the Mads Mikkelsen-starrer Polar.

"We are very excited about this new arrangement with the talented people at Netflix," said Mike Richardson, Dark Horse president and founder. "We have strong creative relationships as well as a large content library to work with, and, as we have seen with our recent projects, Netflix is the perfect partner to bring our stories to fans around the ...
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Cameron Britton to Play Richard Jewell in Season 2 of ‘Manhunt’

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Cameron Britton to Play Richard Jewell in Season 2 of ‘Manhunt’
Cameron Britton and Jack Huston have been tapped as leads in Season 2 of “Manhunt,” the Spectrum series from Lionsgate Television, a spokesperson for Spectrum Originals told TheWrap on Tuesday.

The first season of the anthology series focused on the story of the Unabomber. The new season, “Manhunt: Lone Wolf,” will pivot to cover one of one of the largest manhunts in U.S. history, the search for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics Bomber, and the media firestorm that consumed the life of Richard Jewell in its wake.

Huston will play bomber Eric Rudolph, while Britton will play Jewell, the security guard who was falsely accused of the bombing.

The first season, “Manhunt: Unabomber,” aired on Discovery Channel. In the new season, “Manhunt: Lone Wolf,” Huston’s Rudolph sets off a series of huge bombs before disappearing into the wilderness, where for years he successfully evaded a large manhunt.

Also Read: Unabomber Didn't
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‘Manhunt’: Jack Huston & Cameron Britton To Headline Spectrum Series From Lionsgate About Atlanta Bombing

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‘Manhunt’: Jack Huston & Cameron Britton To Headline Spectrum Series From Lionsgate About Atlanta Bombing
Exclusive: Jack Huston and Cameron Britton are set as the leads in season 2 of Spectrum Originals’ anthology series Manhunt, from Lionsgate Television.

Spectrum parent Charter Communications last year made a deal with Lionsgate for new seasons of the Manhunt anthology series whose first installment, Manhunt: Unibomber, ran on Discovery Channel.

Season 2, Manhunt: Lone Wolf, will chronicle one of the largest and most complex manhunts on U.S. soil — the search for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics Bomber — and the media firestorm that consumed the life of Richard Jewell in its wake.

Huston will play Eric Rudolph, the criminal mastermind behind the deadly Centennial Olympic Park bombing, and Britton will portray Jewell.

Manhunt: Lone Wolf is being shepherded by the core creative team behind Manhunt: Unabomber, led by executive producer John Goldwyn and writer/executive producer Andrew Sodroski.

Huston’s Rudolph set off a series of huge bombs before disappearing into the wilderness,
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How More Than 200 People Helped Make ‘Umbrella Academy’s’ CGI Ape

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One of Netflix and Ucp’s most dynamic 2019 series had a number of notable stars — but honestly, one of “The Umbrella Academy’s” most important figures was the hyper-intelligent Pogo, a CGI chimpanzee whose not-so-human status didn’t keep him from being a beloved figure.

“I love Pogo,” showrunner Steve Blackman told IndieWire. “He’s fabulous in so many different ways. It’s just a wonderful thing to think that a whole bunch of people brought this character to life, and people loved him. It’s just a great feeling.”

Pogo, a father figure to the super-powered children at the heart of the Netflix series, was a definite figure of sympathy. He was also, according to visual effects supervisor Everett Burrell, “a really scary point for production” — which was why, of all the production entities involved with the show, Weta Digital was brought on first.

Weta Digital, of course, is
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‘El Chicano’ Film Review: Well-Intentioned Latinx Superhero Movie Gets More Wrong Than Right

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‘El Chicano’ Film Review: Well-Intentioned Latinx Superhero Movie Gets More Wrong Than Right
El Chicano” opens deep in the heart of East Los Angeles — or East Los, if you’re local — as a group of Latinx kids watches an act of vigilante justice in their neighborhood. A masked figure frightens off most of the gang members by making the sound of a cucuy — a boogyman — and striking his target with a deadly Aztec sword before disappearing into the night.

Twenty years later, it’s still in their memories. Diego has grown up to become a handsome Lapd cop with a promising career ahead of him. His superior, Captain Gomez (George Lopez), seems especially fond of Diego and tries to help him get a leg up on solving a few career-making cases. Diego’s boyhood friend now goes by the name of Shotgun and has since gotten wrapped up with the Mexican cartel. It’s the same doomed path that claimed Diego’s twin brother,
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Trailer: ‘My Days Of Mercy’ With Ellen Page & Kate Mara

Signature Entertainment

Signature Entertainment has just sent over a trailer for an upcoming movie title coming to both the big and small screen later this month. The film is called My Days Of Mercy and brings together Ellen Page and Kate Mara.

Here’s a little bit more about it.

Official synopsis: A powerful and heart-wrenching tale of finding love in the least-likely of places. Academy Award nominee Ellen Page and Kate Mara (TV’s House of Cards) star in the highly compelling and moving romantic drama, My Days of Mercy. Two young women from opposite sides of fierce protests over the death penalty meet on the picket lines and form an unlikely friendship. While both deal with their respective personal issues they grow ever closer, leading to dramatic personal revelations, passion and life changing romance.

The film will release simultaneously on demand and in cinemas. The date for your diaries is 17th May.
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On My Block Renewed for Season 3

Let’s get the block party started: Netflix has renewed the inner-city teen drama On My Block for a third season.

The streamer announced the renewal on Twitter, with a nod to the show’s devoted fans who’ve been asking for a Season 3:

fam, our mentions will never be the same #OnMyBlockS3 is officially on the way! pic.twitter.com/4o9NHZ854J

On My Block (@OnMyBlock) April 29, 2019

Set in a tough Los Angeles neighborhood, On My Block centers on a group of teens led by Monse (Sierra Capri), a tomboy raised by a single dad. Diego Tonoco plays Cesar,
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An Evil Spirit Just Won't Leave Her Neighbors Alone in Trailer For Isabelle with Adam Brody and Amanda Crew

Don’t you just hate it when you move into your dream home as a young married couple, and the possessed ghost of the creepy lady’s daughter who lives next door keeps breaking into your house and touching your things and scaring the crap out of you? Me too. I have to make light of scary stuff, or I will just end up in tears. So that is the route I have taken with the trailer for the new movie Isabelle.

Isabelle stars Amanda Crew as a newlywed and expectant mother who moves into a house with her husband Adam Brody, and quickly has a series of horrific things happen, while battling some pretty dark things, stemming from the evil spirit they sense coming from the house next door. Sheila McCarthy (The Umbrella Academy) plays the creep next door, and Zoe Belkin (Carrie) plays her gross, dead daughter.

Isabelle
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Netflix, Amazon Launch Live Events In Expensive Streamer Battle For Emmy Voter Attention

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Netflix, Amazon Launch Live Events In Expensive Streamer Battle For Emmy Voter Attention
In terms of Emmys, let the streamers battle begin as both Netflix and Amazon are again taking over Hollywood venues to show off their contenders to Television Academy members and other industryites in an up-close-and-personal kind of way.

Today, Netflix announced the lineup for its third annual Fysee Emmy battle plan, beginning a monthlong campaign May 5 when director Martin Scorsese and Bruce Springsteen launch a series of live events at the Netflix exhibition space and theater at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood. Netflix is the home of the TV special, Springsteen on Broadway, hence the Springsteen connection. Scorsese directed The Irishman, which is expected to be a major player for Netflix in the next Oscar race.

The near-daily series of Q&As, conversations, screenings and interactive events will close June 9 when Oprah Winfrey will host director Ava DuVernay and the cast of their limited series When They See Us, the story
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Netflix Will Experiment with Showing Subscribers Top 10 Popular Film and TV Lists

Rare is the Netflix subscriber who hasn’t at least once logged into an account and been struck by minutes, if not hours, of indecision.

A new feature, which the streaming service announced in its quarterly earnings report on Tuesday, could point subscribers to a list of most popular films and series to help make their choices. These proposed Top 10 lists are planned to be deployed as a test in the UK before potentially being expanded in other territories.

These collections of most-watched programming might help give additional context to the platform’s unveiling of selective viewership numbers, which continued to be released as part of Tuesday’s report. Following up previous assertions surrounding the number of viewers for “You” after it landed on the platform and three-week totals for its original film “Bird Box,” Netflix claimed that 52 million households had viewed its new film “Triple Frontier” in its first month of availability.
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