Netflix greenlights ‘Bright’ sequel, Will Smith to return as star

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Despite scathing reviews from critics, Netflix has greenlit a sequel to “Bright,” with star Will Smith and director David Ayer expected to return. The streaming service announced the plans Wednesday, just two weeks after the fantasy police drama debuted. “Bright” is Netflix’s first big-budget, tentpole-style release, with estimates that it cost at least $90 million to produce. With a sequel, Netflix hopes to turn “Bright” into its first film franchise - ...

Final ‘House of Cards’ season to focus on Robin Wright after Spacey exit

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

The final season of Netflix’s political drama “House of Cards” will focus on Robin Wright’s first female president character and will start production in 2018, following a hiatus after the exit of star Kevin Spacey, the company said on Monday. Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos told the UBS 45th Annual Global Media and Communications Conference in New York that the sixth season would be shortened to eight episodes instead of the usual 13. ...

Camera operator dies in Ghana on set of Netflix drama

Monday, 20 November 2017

A British camera operator has died on the set of the BBC/Netflix miniseries “The Forgiving Earth.”Agent Sarah Prince said Monday that Mark Milsome died in Ghana over the weekend while filming a night-time stunt sequence for the thriller. She said an investigation is underway.Prince said Milsome was “an incredibly humble and talented man. ... We are all devastated by his loss.”Milsome, 54, worked on TV series including “Sherlock” and “Game of ...

Netflix cuts ties with under-fire Kevin Spacey

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Netflix on Friday dumped Kevin Spacey, saying it would be involved in no further production of its hit series "House of Cards" that includes the actor, now facing a mounting slew of sexual assault allegations.The streaming service also said it was abandoning the release of an upcoming film "Gore" that had also starred the 58-year-old actor, whose glittering career is now collapsing around him."Netflix will not be involved with any further production of 'House of Cards' ...

Netflix sinking deeper into debt to fuel subscriber growth

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Netflix is sinking deeper into debt in its relentless pursuit of more viewers, leaving the company little margin for error as it tries to build the world’s biggest video subscription service.The big burden that Netflix is shouldering hasn’t been a major concern on Wall Street so far, as CEO Reed Hastings’ strategy has been paying off.The billions of dollars that Netflix has borrowed to pay for exclusive series such as “Stranger Things” has helped its service more ...

Netflix increases monthly subscription fees for two plans

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Netflix Inc has raised the monthly subscription fees for two out of its three main US plans by $1 and $2 respectively, according to details published on the company’s subscription page on Thursday. The company’s midrange plan, which allows streaming on two devices at the same time, was increased to $10.99 per month from $9.99, according to the details on the page. The top-tier plan, which allows streaming on four screens in high definition, was raised to ...

Mexico investigates killing of ‘Narcos’ location scout

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Authorities in central Mexico say they are investigating the killing of a location scout working on the Netflix series “Narcos,” which chronicles the violent world of drug trafficking.The Mexico State prosecutor’s office says it believes Carlos Munoz Portal was working before he was found shot to death in a car in farm fields near the border of Hidalgo state on Sept. 11.The prosecutor’s office says in a statement that the car was found in the township of Temascalapa, ...

Apple embarks on Emmy quest with big bet on video streaming

Friday, 8 September 2017

Television is one of the few screens that has Apple hasn’t conquered, but that may soon change. The world’s richest company is appears ready to aim for its own Emmy-worthy programming along the lines of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and Netflix’s “Stranger Things.”Apple lured away two longtime TV executives Jaime Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg from Sony Corp. in June and has given them $1 billion to spend on original shows during the next year, according to ...

Netflix taps oscar-winner Damien Chazelle for musical series

Friday, 1 September 2017

Oscar-winning director Damien Chazelle is to bring an eight-episode musical drama set in Paris to Netflix, the internet streaming service announced on Friday. The “La La Land” director will helm two episodes of “The Eddy” and executive produce the entire series, which focuses on a club, its owner, the house band and the “chaotic city that surrounds them,” Neflix said. Written by five-time BAFTA and Olivier-winning writer Jack Thorne (“National Treasure ...

Netflix wins ‘Scandal’ creator Rhimes in blow to Disney, ABC

Monday, 14 August 2017

Netflix has lured Shonda Rhimes, the well-regarded creator of TV series “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” from ABC - announcing its scoop just days after ABC owner Disney laid out plans to pull programming from Netflix.Netflix said Rhimes’ Shondaland production company is moving to Netflix for a multi-year deal. New ideas and projects from Rhimes and her producing partner, Betsy Beers, will be available on the streaming service.But her existing, well-known shows ...

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