Netflix has settled on its advertising partner. When the company launches its  advertising-supported tier, the ad-serving technology and advertising sales will be handled by Microsoft.

What we don't know is where Netflix will first launch its advertising tier. Will it be in the US? Trialled internationally first? That's still TBA, but when it does get offered in your country it'll be something you opt into. You won't suddenly find yourself on a cheaper, ad-supported plan without agreeing to it.

The choice of Microsoft suggests Netflix is eager to dive into some of the newest techniques in video advertising, such as programmatic ad sales that hinge on using data to match ads to precise kinds of audience, or addressable ads that are sent out to specific viewers segments.  In June, Microsoft finalized its acquisition of the Xandr ad-tech unit from AT&T, which had been involved in programmatic advertising.
Netflix, Microsoft to Team Up for Streaming Ad Sales
On the screen, Netflix streams video favorites like “Bridgerton” and “Stranger Things.” To surround those programs with commercials, however, the company will require outsid…

Notify the Underhills, Confess, Fletch has a home

Recently a new Fletch movie was filmed. Directed by Greg Mottola, the film stars Jon Hamm as Irwin Fletcher and the plan was for this to serve as the first in a series of new Fletch movies. The film has a good director and great leading man. What it didn't have was a distribution plan.

That changes today with news Miramax have licensed the worldwide distribution rights to Paramount Global. The film will debut in the US as a premium on demand title in September, then be broadcast & streamed by way of Showtime. It isn't known how the film will be made available internationally, but one would assume it'll be on Paramount+, which outside the US bundles Showtime content onto the platform.

My hope is that Paramount Global view this as a franchise that can rival Netflix's plans with the Knives Out movies. Mostly, I want to see more of these films made.

Don't go into this expecting Jon Hamm to be dressing up in characters as Chevy Chase did in the original movie. The new film is based on the book series which had less of the zany costumes, but was still offbeat and funny.

Fletch becomes the prime suspect in a murder case while searching for his heiress girlfriend’s stolen art collection. His only way out is to sift through a long list of suspects that include his own girlfriend, to find the real culprit.
‘Confess, Fletch’ Heading For Showtime Berth; Miramax Sells Jon Hamm-Starrer To Paramount Global Content Distribution
EXCLUSIVE: Miramax has licensed worldwide distribution rights on the Greg Mottola-directed Jon Hamm-starrer Confess, Fletch to Paramount Global Content Distribution. The film will have a limited th…
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Rob Zombie's movie The Munsters (based on the TV show) debuts in September. Only... no one knows where. Cinemas? Streaming?

Uncoupled debuts July 29 on Netflix. It stars Neil Patrick Harris.

Stunned when his longtime boyfriend moves out, a New York City real estate broker faces the prospect of starting over - and dating again - in his 40s.

Five Days At Memorial debuts August 12 on Apple TV+.

"Five Days at Memorial" chronicles the impact of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath on a local hospital. When the floodwaters rose, power failed, and heat soared, exhausted caregivers at a New Orleans hospital were forced to make decisions that would follow them for years to come.

That's it for today. Tomorrow is another day. At least, that has historically been the case.