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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 return of mid-budget films. But not in cinemas.
ALSO: Trouble on Y: The Last Man. AND: Jesus is back.
HBO Max and Warner Bros Pictures are teaming up to form a production company, Warner Max, which will produce films exclusively for the service. Films will be budgeted in the region of $25 million with 8-10 films expected each year. No titles have been announced yet, but if I were to guess… I’d expect to see a number of cheaper spin-off films from brands like DC, along with mid-tier films from established filmmakers who have been squeezed out of filmmaking with most movies now being very cheap indies or massive budget blockbusters. Think of filmmakers like Michael Mann, Kathryn Bigelow, Judd Apatow, and Antoine Fuqua.
Production on Y: The Last Man keeps hitting stumbling block after stumbling block. After failed pilots and showrunners, the show is now looking for a new leading man after Barry Keoghan has left the series.
The Vast of Night is a cool-looking 1950s period film about UFOs. A trailer just dropped and it is expected sometime soon-ish on Amazon Prime Video.
The world of streaming TV isn’t just about subscription video on demand (SVOD). A number of players are trying to stimulate the advertising video on demand (AVOD) market too. One of the more interesting AVOD platforms is the Amazon-owned IMDb TV. It’s Amazon double dipping with both AVOD and SVOD content, but most of the content is quite different. IMDb TV is a mix of movies and TV shows with a surprisingly fun library collection with big name movies and shows mixed in with some mostly-forgotten classics. For example, a few nights ago I found failed Fox show Brisco County Jr streaming.
IMDb TV has just struck a deal with Disney to bring some of its TV library titles to the service. Coming soon to IMDb TV:
Ally McBeal Army Wives Boston Legal Desperate Housewives The Glades Graceland L.A. Law Legends Lie to Me Lost Malcolm in the Middle My So-Called Life Private Practice Revenge Roswell St. Elsewhere Terra Nova Ugly Betty The Unit White Collar Witches of East End
Truthfully, I’m mostly excited to see that LA Law is being dusted off. A solid drama that also has the greatest scene ever filmed for TV: