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Oprah Has A Deal With Apple

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Apple has signed Oprah Winfrey to a multiyear deal for new original programs.

 Apple is now going head to head with the likes of Netflix and Amazon in a war for consumers’ attention.

 

“Together, Winfrey and Apple will create original programs that embrace her incomparable ability to connect with audiences around the world,” the company said in a statement Friday. “Winfrey’s projects will be released as part of a lineup of original content from Apple.”

Apple did not specify whether Winfrey would appear in any of the shows, but she is expected to have an on-screen role as a host and interviewer. The company also declined to discuss financial aspects of the deal.

Apple said the deal will not affect Winfrey’s contract with OWN, the television network she launched in 2011. Winfrey recently extended her contract there through 2025.

Apple, Amazon and Netflix have been competing to lock-in producers, show runners and performers, and paying unprecedented sums to do so. Apple has made deals for more than a dozen shows with big names like Reese Witherspoon, Steven Spielberg, Octavia Spencer and Kevin Durant. 

Netflix recently signed former President Barack and former First Lady Michelle Obama in a multiyear deal that will see them producing and starring in original shows. Netflix also has a show hosted by David Letterman that features interviews with the world’s biggest celebrities.

The Obamas & Netflix

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Netflix states the partnership has the potential to include scripted, unscripted, and documentary series, as well as stand-alone documentaries and feature films. The Obamas created their own production company, Higher Ground Productions, for the announced (and likely future) projects.

The Obamas hope to cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples, and help them share their stories with the entire world. Sources close to the deal indicated at the time that the series might focus on inspirational stories or feature moderated discussions of the topics that were highlights of the Obamas’ time in the White House. The report also indicates that some episodes could feature conversations on health care or voting rights moderated by Barack Obama, while Michelle Obama might moderate a show focusing on nutrition, for example.

Executives from Apple and Amazon have also reportedly been in talks with the former president and first lady. Financial terms of the Netflix deal are unknown at this point, but the streaming service’s recent surge in spending on original content could give us a hint.

One thing the Obamas’ content on Netflix reportedly won’t do, however, is directly respond to his current critics in the White House, Congress, or right-wing media.

 

Netflix Buying It’s Own theaters?

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The Los Gatos, Calif., company has explored the idea of buying movie theaters in Los Angeles and New York that would enable it to screen a growing pipeline of feature films and documentaries.

Netflix executives considered acquiring Los Angeles-based Landmark Theatres, co-owned by Mark Cuban, but backed off the idea, said two people who spoke on condition of anonymity because the plans are private.

One of the knowledgeable people said Netflix decided not to pursue a deal because executives believed the sale price for Landmark was too high.

A deal to purchase Landmark, owned by Cuban and Todd Wagner, would give Netflix a footprint of theaters in major media markets across the country. The privately held chain has 53 theatres comprising 255 screens in 27 markets including New York, Denver, Washington and San Francisco, according to its website. The exhibitor has three Los Angeles locations.

  Netflix pulled in $2.67 billion in revenue last year, including a $66 million profit. Maybe one day it will have its own theater.

 

The Obama s Striking Deal With Netflix

 

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Netflix is in talks with former President Barack Obama for a new series.

 The New York Times reports that the deal would have Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama, provide content that would only be available on Netflix. Sources close to the deal indicate that the series might focus on inspirational stories or feature moderated discussions of the topics that were highlights of the Obamas’ time in the White House.

The report indicates that some episodes could feature conversations on health care or voting rights moderated by Barack Obama, while Michelle Obama might moderate a show focusing on nutrition, for example. Other potential show ideas rumored for the deal include documentaries or other projects endorsed by and possibly introduced by the Obamas.

Executives from Apple and Amazon have also reportedly been in talks with the former president and first lady.

Terms of the Netflix deal are unknown at this point.

Facebook Wants It All! Will Compete With Netflix and Amazon

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Facebook will follow the strategy of its (now) competitors, Netflix and Amazon, by paying and claiming ownership for scripted TV shows. The company will pay between $10,000 to $250,000 depending on the length of the shows, which can range anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes long. By 2020, 82 percent of consumer internet traffic will be video. Facebook says that creators will have free reign to stream and sell their content on external platforms after a set period of time. The option to go live on Facebook is still available for news publishers and personal users.

 

 

DarkOverlord Demands Ransom For Unreleased Content From Netflix, Fox and Others

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‘TheDarkOverlord stole  next season’s Orange is The New Black content from a third party, and they’re demanding Netflix pay a ransom in order to keep the rest of the season private. Late Friday night, TheDarkOverlord tweeted about content belonging to ABC, FOX, IFC and National Geographic, saying “We’re not playing any games anymore.”

Torrent posted for stolen 'Orange is the New Black' premiere episode

The hackers claim Larson (from Larson studios in Hollywood) agreed to pay up but didn’t, and now they’re trying to squeeze Netflix.  Netflix has said “We are aware of the situation. A production vendor used by several major TV studios had its security compromised and the appropriate law enforcement authorities are involved.”

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TheDarkOverlord says that they have released episodes 2-10 of the 13 episode season in another torrent. They also continued to threaten Netflix and the other studios, saying “You’re going to lose a lot more money in all of this than what our modest offer was. We’re quite ashamed to breathe the same air as you. We figured a pragmatic business such as yourselves would see and understand the benefits of cooperating with a reasonable and merciful entity like ourselves. And to the others: there’s still time to save yourselves. Our offer(s) are still on the table – for now.”

Spike Lee To Direct She’s Gotta Have It Series For Netflix

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Netflix  ordered a 10-episode series of She’s Gotta Have It, which the company is a “contemporary update” to the original film. Lee will direct every episode, and executive produce alongside his wife, Tonya Lewis Lee.

As Deadline notes, the series was originally in development at Showtime in 2014, but never came to fruition. She’s Gotta Have It follows Nola Darling, a 20-something Brooklynite navigating the pitfalls of dating a trio of men. The original was shot in just 12 days on a very limited budget. Although details on the series version are scarce, one assumes it will be made with fewer restrictions. The project will be Lee’s first TV series.

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