Who Won The Big Sony-Netflix Film Deal? – Most Important Story of the Week: 9 Apr 21

The theme of the week is “context”. For the second week, Netflix is spending hundreds of millions of dollars for film rights. To put that in context requires entsplaining everything from “content arms dealers” to “portfolio theory” to “pay-1 theatrical films”. (And if you don’t know what those terms are, I’ll explain that too.) So ...

Did Raya And the Last Dragon Sell 1.18 Million Copies in the US on Its Opening Weekend?

Let’s start by what question I’m NOT answering today: Should Disney keep releasing films to “premiere access”? Ultimately, yeah, I want to answer that question. It’s really important. (For those who don’t know, Premier Access is the movies released at the same time as theaters that cost $30. I’ll call this PVOD, or premium video-on-demand ...

WandaVision and Coming 2 America Both Smash the Streaming Competition – The Streaming Ratings Report for 7-April-2021

If you’ve been reading my “Steaming Ratings Report” for the last few weeks, you might have noticed it has been fairly Netflix-centric. Netflix is the 600 pound gorilla in the streaming wars. Heck, it is more like a Mighty Joe Young or Rampage-sized super gorilla, marauding over the globe, buying sequel rights for half a ...

A Skinny Bundle Murder Mystery (And Knives Out Thoughts) – Most Important Story of the Week – 2-April-2021

Much like Benoit Blanc, the title character of a film series I’m about to write about, every week I find myself hunting for clues. Tidbits. Hints. Insights to answer one, yearning question: What was the most important story this week? This week required a bit more searching than usual. (I don’t interview suspects, I read ...

Netflix Claims the Top Spots While Disney+/Hulu Dominate the Film List: The Streaming Ratings Report for 31-Mar-2021

Last week, the Nielsen Top Ten lists broke new ground when Hulu had its first title earn a spot on one of the three lists. This week, Hulu doubled its performance, earning two spots! As always, caveats abound. In particular, the top films have much less “total viewership” than TV series, since they simply aren’t ...

Is This Black Widow’s Last Move? Explaining the Latest Covid-Theater Disruption – Most Important Story of the Week – 26 March 21

The big story of last week is fairly obvious: Disney moved Black Widow to July, along with changing the distribution strategies for Luca (now straight-to-streaming) and Black Widow (now going to theaters and  premium VOD). (Sign up for my newsletter to get all my writings and my favorite entertainment business picks from the last 2 ...

Did Netflix’s The Crew Stall Out? – The Streaming Ratings Report for 24-March-21

When I sit down each week to pull data for the “Streaming Ratings Report”, it honestly feels like Easter. (Why Easter? Well, we’re closer to that than Christmas and my eldest child is excited for candy delivered in plastic eggs.) This week, my chocolate-filled egg was a new color on the Nielsen rankings. That’s right, ...

The Odds and Ends of the NFL Media Rights Deals – Most Important Story of the Week – 19 Mar 21

Last week the NFL media rights story went from “potential” to “actual” news. (The latter happens, the former is rumors.) Not to toot my own horn, but I wrote last week that the Disney-NHL deal would set the template for the NFL deal (and all future rights deals). And I was right. That’s our story ...

How Big Were Firefly Lane and Crime Scene for Netflix? – The Streaming Ratings Report for 17-March-21

As often happens in scientific/data endeavors, sometimes you work for hours/days on a project with no results, then, all of a sudden, it comes together and you make tons of progress rapidly. And usually the “tons of progress” doesn’t happen without the days of drudgery.  That’s what happened to me over the last week or ...

ESPN Grabs NHL Rights, Setting the Sports Media Rights Template – Most Important Story of the Week – 12 Mar 21

(Sign up for my newsletter to get all my writings and my favorite entertainment business picks from the last 2 weeks or so. Next issue goes out early next week.) I love when a weekly column like this ends up having a “theme”. This week, that’s the difference between “actual” and “potential” news stories. The ...

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