Netflix led the way among all networks and studios with this year’s SAG nominations, garnering 15 nods thanks to programming like GLOW, Ozark, Grace and Frankie and The Kominsky Method. Ozark was among the select group of titles to snare four nominations, along with A Star Is Born and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
Netflix just broke new records on consumer spending in its mobile apps, according to new data app intelligence firm Sensor Tower. In November, Netflix pulled in an estimated $86.6 million in worldwide consumer spending across its iOS and Android apps combined — a figure that’s 77% higher than the $49 million it generated last November. That’s a new record.
Channing Dungey is still at ABC, wrapping things up and working on the transition to her successor as ABC Entertainment president, Karey Burke, but speculation about what she would do next is growing. There is nothing official, and it is unclear whether Dungey has even met with the Netflix toppers yet, but she is considered a great choice to join the company’s executive ranks with her strong Hollywood relationships and the respect she has among her peers.
Kira Goldberg, the executive who worked on Twentieth Century Fox’s current hit, Bohemian Rhapsody, has been tapped to be a film executive at the digital streaming giant. Goldberg will report to Tendo Nagenda, the former Disney exec Netflix poached in August.
Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos knows that big players such as Walt Disney Co. and WarnerMedia are coming after his business — and he’s not worried about it. The streaming behemoth saw it coming seven years ago when it began aggressively pursuing original programming of its own instead of depending solely on acquisitions from the TV and movie production studios.
After a social media-driven frenzy, Netflix has confirmed that Friends will remain on the service throughout 2019, putting an end to fears the hit comedy from Warner Bros. TV would be leaving as of Jan. 1.
Paramount and A24 agreeing to produce original films for the digital giants represents an about-face in the traditional pecking order and signals a major shift in the entertainment industry.