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Netflix and HBO Produce Some of the Most Social Shows, but How Do They Fund Them?

netflix-logoFrom ‘House of Cards’ and ‘Orange is the New Black’ to ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘True Detective,’ Netflix and HBO are home to some of the most social shows on TV.

Netflix and HBO have very different business models that allow them to fund the original programming that has come to define them, and a recent infographic produced by Great Business Schools highlights these differences.

Some highlights from Great Business Schools’ research, followed by the infographic:

- To pay for one show, 520,834 people need to subscribe to Netflix  for two years, or, 1/600 of all Americans. For five shows, 2.6 million new subscribers are needed, or, 1/115 of all Americans

- Cost per episode:
Hemlock Grove: $4 million
Orange is the New Black: $4 million
House of Cards: $4.5 million before David Fincher (executive producer)

- HBO spends $1 billion a year on original content.
But Time Warner owns them…
So there’s lots of cash on hand.

Netflix is continuing to grow,
but they’re having to borrow through bonds to keep expanding.

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Frank Underwood and Selina Meyer Trade Places

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The stars from two of social TV’s biggest hits are swapping personas while smiling for the cameras.

Entertainment Weekly is out with two different covers donning Kevin Spacey dressed as Julia Louis-Dreyfus‘ “Veep” character Selina Meyer and Louis-Dreyfus dressed as Spacey’s “HOC” character Frank Underwood. Our reaction: Spacey looks quite lovely in red while sitting at “her” Oval Office desk; Dreyfus’ Spacey-pose at the Lincoln Statue might be more authentic if she loses the smile.

The covers are for the magazine’s 25 best characters on TV list. Some of the characters chosen come from “Orange Is the New Black,” “Mad Men,” “Scandal,” “Girls,” “Game of Thrones,” and more.

‘Orange Is the New Black’ Star Dubs Conan O’Brien ‘Very First Transgender Talk Show Host’

Last night, Conan O’Brien got a new hairdresser, and credit, courtesy of Netflix.

“The very first transgender talk show host,” Laverne Cox, who plays transgender inmate Sophia on “Orange Is the New Black,” told Conan during a skit. “I’m not transgender,” O’Brien responded. “But your voice is higher than mine…you’re telling me your not transitioning?”

“No, this is my real voice, O’Brien said angrily. “I’m a man.” The skit preceded O’Brien interviewing several of the show’s main characters.

Get a Sneak Peek of ‘The Killing’ Season 4 With Netflix’s Awesome Instagram Campaign

Netflix-The-KillingIn March, Netflix created an Instagram account for ‘The Killing,’ offering fans behind-the-scenes pictures from the rescued show. With Season 4 of the show (the first three seasons of the show aired on ‘AMC’) set to return on August 1, Netflix continues to turn to Instagram to promote it.

This time around, Netflix is using the social platform to tease the coming season’s mystery and to give fans a taste of what’s to come. Fans are directed to go to ‘TheKillingTour” account on Instagram, pictured below: Read more

Netflix Crosses 50-Million Member Mark

netflix-logoNetflix released its Q2 earnings report yesterday, and though it didn’t surpass analysts’ expectations, the news is generally good. Netflix led the report by announcing that 15 years after launching, it now has over 50 million members in 40 countries. The company recognizes that much of its recent growth can be attributed to the success of ‘Orange is the New Black.’ The company’s “U.S. member base grew to more than 36 million on the strength of our ever-improving content offering, including Orange is the New Black Season 2. For Q3, we expect about 1.3 million net additions, comparable to Q3’13 in which we premiered Orange Season 1. We are pleased our net additions in the U.S. remain on par with last year.”

In addition to the potential of adding many more U.S. customers, the company has only scratched the surface abroad. Netflix saw 78% year-over-year international subscriber growth, with 13.8 million subscribers at the end of Q2.

Here are other highlights from Netflix’s earnings report, which have far-reaching implications across the digital, social TV, connected TV, and over-the-top landscape: Read more

‘Orange Is the New Black’ Squashes Cancellation Rumors: ‘Bullsh*t’

Over the weekend, “Orange Is the New Black” nixed rumors that it had been cancelled. The show’s Twitter page denied the the rumors by utilizing a quote from one of the show’s top characters.

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Reddit Co-Founder at ‘BuzzFeed Brews’: ISP’s Are ‘Trying to Break the Internet’

BuzzFeed BrewsLost Remote was at “BuzzFeed Brews” in New York City last night for an interview between Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian and BuzzFeed’s Charlie Warzel.

The interview, which was streamed on Facebook for the first time, touched on net neutrality, congressional ignorance on technology, sexism in the tech industry, and rapid fire word association.

“It can use a mascot, if not a total rebrand,” Ohanian said about the term net neutrality. “It’s a terrible brand.” He also took on Internet service providers. “They are trying to break the Internet…they want your Internet to look like your cable bill,” he added, using a Bing vs. Google sales pitch as an example.

“Well Bing is your default search, but Charlie, for an extra $20 dollars a month, we’ll give you Google,” he said of what ISP’s are trying to do.

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Vladimir Putin Says Nyet to Frank Underwood

HOC Frank Underwood has gone toe-to-toe with a lot of political foes in Netflix’s political thriller “House of Cards,” but he might have met his match in Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Foreign Policy reports Russia’s United Nation delegation voted against a request from the show to shoot two episodes from season three in the U.N. Security Council. Russia blocked the request, “citing the need to keep the world’s leading security chamber available for unanticipated crises, according to a series of confidential email exchanges between a Russian diplomat and his Security Council counterparts.”

The Russian action came less than a week after U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s office recommended that the 15-nation Security Council allow the cable television series to film in its chamber during off-hours to raise public awareness about the organization. The decision doesn’t foreclose the possibility that the producers of the show might shoot in another section of the U.N.’s gleaming headquarters at Turtle Bay. Foreign Policy first reported on House of Cards filming request last week.

The @FrankUnderwood twitter handle—which isn’t affiliated with Netflix—is not taking a no from Russia lightly.

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Chelsea Handler to Host Talk Show on Netflix

HandlerLate-night comedian Chelsea Handler is moving from TV to Netflix, announcing today she’ll host a talk show on the streaming service in 2016.

Handler, who’s hosted “Chelsea Lately” on E! for seven years, will host a talk show on Netflix while also contributing stand-up specials.

“If I was going to continue working in this industry, I knew I had to do something outside the box to keep myself interested,” Handler said in a statement. “I wanted to sit with the cool kids at lunch so I approached Netflix to make sure they were as cool as I thought they were, and when I confirmed my suspicions, like with any other future lover, I made my move.”

This is a boon for Netflix, who now adds original talk shows to its portfolio of original series and documentaries.

“I’m more excited than I’ve been in awhile, and the team at Netflix is the most forward thinking, alert group I’ve sat down with in ages,” Handler added. “No offense to the Shahs of Sunset.”

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‘Orange Is the New Black’ Cast Divided on Whether Students Should Study or Binge-Watch

Fresh off its season-two release, castmembers of  “Orange Is the New Black” gave their take on whether students should be studying for their exams, or binge-watching their show.

“I don’t want people to fail or not fulfill their potential scholastically because of our show,” lead character Taylor Schilling said in response to a viewer saying she binge-watched season two all weekend instead of studying.

“I do,” Jason Biggs, who plays Larry Bloom, said. “I really don’t care about peoples’ education, as long as they’re watching our show, or any show on Netflix obviously, but mostly our show.”

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