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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.
The Mike Tyson series finds it's Mike
Has Trevante Rhodes found a role that is more bite than bark? Is it a role that is more than he can chew?
Moonlight actor Trevante Rhodes will play Mike Tyson in a new Hulu limited series from the team behind the film I, Tonya.
Hulu has wisely been very clear to distance the series from Tyson himself.
From the team behind I, Tonya, the eight-episode drama will explore the wild, tragic and controversial life and career behind what Hulu calls “one of the most polarizing figures in sports culture.” Tyson is not involved with the series in any capacity, though sources say Hulu executives briefed him and his team on the series a couple months ago.
Hulu doesn't want to be seen as providing a series that Tyson will be able to profit from. After all, this is a convicted rapist who also found himself disqualified after biting off Evander Holyfield's ear during a 1997 boxing match.
Tyson has been out in the world trying to create a more cuddly persona over the past 20 years - there's his appearances in The Hangover movies and more recently he voiced the lead in ironic animated comedy Mike Tyson Mysteries.
He's a dick. But man, his story will make for interesting television...
ViacomCBS projects money by 2024. And a lot of it.
ViacomCBS CEO Bob Bakish has a very positive outlook for the future of the company, projecting $7b in global revenue by the end of 2024.
Read his quote, then let's get to the interesting part after:
By the end of 2024, we aim to reach 65-75 million global streaming subscribers across our services, 100-120 million global Pluto TV monthly average users and more than $7 billion in global streaming revenue, which we believe will unlock significant stockholder value. And it’s clear our unique streaming strategy is working.
What caught my attention here is the targets for Pluto TV. I bang on about this quite a bit in the newsletter, but it's a quiet achiever in streaming that is going to have a major impact. Pluto TV takes the experience of cable TV with hundreds of linear channels (TV shows, movies, sports, music videos, etc) , and delivering it to streaming. Why is this a big deal? Two reasons:
Not all TV viewing is people intently watching. Often people like just having TV on in the background while they live their life (doing chores, working, sending email, texting, doom-scrolling, etc)
It's a great replacement/bridging medium for viewers who are uncomfortable with on-demand viewing. Think about older viewers especially here.
What's the big deal in Bakish's comments? He's talking about the global rollout of Pluto TV at a Netflix scale. 100-120 million viewers means that the company has plans for the service that are far bigger than what is currently on offer. What does this mean for their linear broadcast channels? The US CBS network? Channel Ten in Australia? Channel 5 in the UK?
A not-insignificant number of people who read the Always Be Watching newsletter do work within the industry. Pay attention to Pluto, is what I'm saying. It's a dark horse disruptor.
Disney has confirmed Oscar Isaac will star as Moon Knight in the upcoming MOONKNIGHT Marvel TV show. The news first broke last October. Read: The AV Club
UK comedy Breeders has been greenlit for a third season. Read: thefutoncritic
The French Dispatch will reach US cinemas on Oct 22. Read: /Film
Jason Kilar will remain as WarnerMedia CEO through to 2022. Probably a smart move - especially if there are any further acquisitions in the near future... Read: Deadline