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Dan Barrett is an industry commentator & TV critic. He does radio - 4BC & ABC GC and co-hosts the Screen Watching podcast. He's a former Mediaweek deputy editor and content creator for SBS.
Fyre Fight: Which doco is more ethical? PLUS: Steve Carell joins Space Force + Julia Roberts says no!
Always Be Watching is by Dan Barrett who is mourning the loss of the creepy tooth monster.
There are two warring Fyre Festival documentaries - Fyre (Netflix) and Fyre Fraud (Hulu) and a question: Is one of the documentaries more ethical than the other?
Both documentaries blame founder Billy McFarland, but there is a key difference between the two documentaries. One (Fyre Fraud) features a paid interview with McFarland, while the other does not. But, that isn’t the key difference. As Scott Tobias at The Ringer points out - Netflix’s Fyre was produced in partnership with Jerry Media and Matte Projects. Both companies were involved in the staging of the ill-fated concert to begin with.
In an Instagram post, Channel Zero creator/producer Nick Antosca announced that Syfy has cancelled the show after four seasons. If you haven’t watched Channel Zero, you’ve legitimately missed out on what has been one of the absolute creepiest, smartest horror shows on TV. I generally don’t believe horror translates well to television, but Channel Zero was one of the rare instances of it working.
Colbert is said to be keenly aware of his power broker status with the Democratic electorate. He pays close attention to the Democratic field of candidates, sizing them up like so many others in the media business.
But Colbert also knows he is hosting a late-night talk show, not an MSNBC broadcast. He straddles both worlds -- joking with Rep. Adam Schiff one minute, asking about Russian espionage the next minute.
I thought this was a gag at first - some sort of Internet viral thing. But no, it’s real. Steve Carell is re-teaming with The Office US creator Greg Daniels on a workplace comedy based around Space Force. Okay.
It’s very easy to dismiss the relevancy of physical media in 2019, but there’s still a market for it. And be wary ignoring that market.
Australian retailer K-Mart has phased out CD/DBD/Bluray category from its stores and fell into a dramatic sales slump. They’re down 0.6%, which equates to a drop in the first half of the financial year of $385-400 million before interest and tax.
A number of mothers vented their frustration at the time, labelling the decision as “stupid”.
“My daughter likes to watch ABC iview but we can’t afford the amount of internet it takes to use that so I’ve relied on Kmart to buy kids DVDs,” said Devonport mum Shelley Brokey.
“I know that’s the way the world is going but some people just can’t afford Netflix or even afford good internet with lots of data.”
Just over 24 hours. That’s how long it took Roku to remove InfoWars from its platform.
The New York Times offered detail on these concerned parties:
Among those expressing shock that Roku had added Infowars to its lineup were lawyers for the families of victims of the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., who have been threatened and harassed by people who believe the bogus theory spread by Mr. Jones that the massacre was a hoax. The company’s announcement that it would yank the Infowars channel came hours after the lawyers publicly criticized Roku’s move.
Julia Robertswon’t be continuing with Homecomingfor its second season, but it sounds like Sam Esmail will stay on as the series Showrunner. This is for the best - Roberts’character’s arc had come to an end.
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