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...

Hulu Finds Its ‘Iron Mike’ in ‘Moonlight’ Breakout Trevante Rhodes
Hulu has cast its Iron Mike. Moonlight breakout Trevante Rhodes has been tapped to play Mike Tyson in the streamer’s limited series, Iron Mike. From the team behind I, Tonya, the eight-episod…

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:

  1. 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)
  2. 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.

ViacomCBS CEO Forecasts $7B In Global Streaming Revenue by 2024
On Tuesday, ViacomCBS CEO Bob Bakish and chair Shari Redstone outlined the entertainment giant’s progress since the mega-merger that created it — and touted the company’s streaming upsi…

TeeVee Snacks

  • 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
  • Want to hear the big Friends revelations without watching the 100 minute+ special? Collider has you covered.
  • HBO Max launches in Latin America on 29 June. Read: TBI
  • Disney plans to pull 100 linear channels globally as it sets its focus on Disney+ and it's other direct to consumer online channels. Read: C21

Trailer Park

Terry Silver, the villain from The Karate Kid 3, will debut in the upcoming season of Cobra Kai later this year on Netflix.

Dexter returns to Showtime later this year.

So Not Worth It debuts on Netflix June 18.

New friends, new loves and new experiences mix together inside a colorful college dormitory in Korea that's home to students from around the world.

Jungle Cruise debuts in cinemas and to Disney+ Premium Access on July 30.

Inspired by the famous Disneyland theme park ride, Disney's "Jungle Cruise" is an adventure-filled, rollicking thrill-ride down the Amazon with wisecracking skipper Frank Wolff and intrepid researcher Dr. Lily Houghton. Jaume Collet-Serra directs the film, which stars Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, Edgar Ramírez and Jack Whitehall, with Jesse Plemons and Paul Giamatti.

The House of Flowers, the Movie debuts on Netflix

The members of the De la Mora family return home, well... former Casa de las Flores, with one single purpose: fulfill Delia's last wish and seek revenge against Agustín. And although neither Paulina nor Virginia claims to have memory, it will take a journey back in time to avenge Pato’s death. It's a spin-off from Netflix series La Casa de las Flores.

Physical debuts on Apple TV+ on June 18.

Sheila Rubin (Rose Byrne) is a quietly tormented housewife in ’80s San Diego, who, behind closed doors, battles extreme personal demons and a vicious inner voice. But things change when she discovers aerobics, sparking a journey toward empowerment and success.

What's next? Tomorrow.