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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.
Netflix gets a Bone. PLUS: fails to grow much
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In a super-smart move by Netflix, it is making an animated series based on Bone. The comic book series has been a huge success with young readers across the globe. Bone is one of those great properties that have a huge fan base, but maybe doesn’t quite have the broader cultural awareness - it makes it perfect to explode in interest when it reaches the streamer.
Netflix will develop an animated series based on Jeff Smith’s award-winning fantasy comic Bone.
Bone follows the adventures of the three Bone cousins after they’re driven out of their hometown. After traversing through a desert, the three are separated and must make their way through a fantasy land, where they collide with humans and creatures.
“I’ve waited a long time for this,” Smith said in a press release. “Netflix is the perfect home for BONE. Fans of the books know that the story develops chapter by chapter and book by book. An animated series is exactly the way to do this!”
Lawyers Jürgen Mossack and Ramón Fonseca are not happy with their portrayal in the upcoming Steven Soderberg film The Laundromat. They’re suing Netflix to stop the film from coming out this Friday.
In their quest to have the film shelved, Mossack and Fonseca sued Netflix in a Connecticut federal court Tuesday. They allege that the film is defamatory because it portrays them as villains, and infringes on their copyright because it uses their law firm’s logo. Mossack Fonseca & Co. announced in March 2018 that the law firm would close in the face of economic and reputational damage
According to the suit, the film shows “clips of people connected to (the firm’s) offshore accounts and/or purported clients exclaim ‘shit’ and/or other expletives in different languages, including an English-speaking lady at a bar, a gentleman dressed in garb resembling a Sheik, two Russian gangsters, and the wife of a Chinese politician driving by some soldiers. The viewer is meant to associate Mossack and Fonseva with these tax evading, money laundering, and otherwise criminal ‘culprits.'”
For the second quarter in a row, Netflix fell short of its projected growth. It only added 6.7 million people across the world and not 7 million.
But, revenue is up:
Netflix blamed its U.S. price increase earlier this year for the slower domestic sub growth in 2019 to date. It has netted 2.1 million in the first nine months of the year vs. 4.1 million in the same period in 2018. Subscriber “retention has not yet fully returned on a sustained basis to pre-price-change levels,” Netflix noted in the letter to shareholders. The company hiked its standard plan from $10.99 to $12.99 per month, a change that rolled out primarily in Q2.
But Netflix also pointed out that the price hike has pumped up revenue, with average revenue per customer increasing 16.5% year over year in Q3. Overall, average revenue per customer was up 9% (and up 12% excluding impact of foreign currency exchange rates).
All eyes are on Netflix and its growth potential right now. It’s not as if growth is not happening, but with such high valuations and a dramatically increased competitive landscape on the horizon with Apple, Disney, NBC, and WarnerMedia launching large-scale streaming services, it is difficult to imagine that growth will continue at the rate it had been.
The trailer for the fourth and final season of The Man In The High Castle…. a show I have neglected to watch past episode 2. Should I?
When Sesame Street returns on Nov 9 it will be a little different - it returns not with a regular episode, but rather a special to celebrate the start of the 50th season.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt hosts the premiere, which “reimagines,” in HBO’s words, classic segments and songs like “People in Your Neighborhood” and “It’s Not Easy Being Green.” Rarely seen characters, such as Roosevelt Franklin and Kermit the Frog, pop up too.
Guests for the new season include Whoopi Goldberg, Patti LaBelle, Elvis Costello, Meghan Trainor, Sterling K. Brown, Norah Jones, Nile Rodgers and Itzhak Perlman.
Beloved TV comedies are raking in huge cash when sold to streaming services. Sony are making a bid to try and bring in some big $$$ for its show Community. Exclusive global rights are available from May 2021 with both streaming and linear rights available.
The new US TV season has its first mercy kill of the year. Gone is probably the second-worst show I saw of the new bunch - Sunnyside. This is the show that starred Kal Penn as a disgraced New York councilman who tries to help a diverse group of immigrants become U.S. citizens.