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.
Quibi, the upcoming video service founded by Jeffrey Katzenberg and former HP CEO Meg Whitman, is getting two shows from Stephen Curry’s Unanimous Media as well as director Catherine Hardwicke. Katzenberg and Whitman announced the new projects at Variety’s Innovate summit in Los Angeles on Wednesday, where the duo also shared some additional details on the technology and roadmap of the service.
The new, free OTT streaming service will offer live and on-demand content spanning entertainment, sports and news when it launches early next year.
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.