Showbiz Sandbox 120: Netflix Must Adapt To A Hollywood It Helped Create

September 26, 2011


Ryan Lawler has spent the last two years writing about online video and digital media trends for GigaOm, a beat he’s covered for a number of publications. Who better to help us sort out what’s been going on with Netflix over the past two weeks? Despite a plunging stock price, slower subscriber growth and increased competition from the likes of Dish Network, Lawler says we shouldn’t be too worried about Netflix. He discusses what the future holds for the company during an in-depth interview.

Meanwhile, the fall television season was jumpstarted by “Two and a Half Men” as more than 28 million viewers tuned in to see Ashton Kutcher replace Charlie Sheen. Don’t feel too bad for Sheen though; he had 6.4 million people watching him get roasted over on Comedy Central and it appears he’s settling his lawsuit with Warner Bros. for a cool $25 million.

“The Lion King 3D” continues to dominate the worldwide box office, despite the fact that it’s a 17 year old movie that most have already seen. “Titanic” and “Top Gun” are already getting 3D makeovers, and it’s likely we’ll see studios reaching back into their archives to find even more titles.

We cover all the week’s top entertainment news including the break up of the rock band R.E.M. after 30 years, Disney’s plans for “Avatar” theme park attractions and the premiere of Simon Cowell’s highly anticipated “X-Factor” singing competition.


Inside Amazon’s Lehigh Valley Warehouse

“Star Wars: The Complete Saga” Blu-Ray Breaks Global Sales Records

3D Makeovers Coming To Aging Hollywood Blockbusters,0,2063864.story

Sony Plans Ghostbusters Screenings; Is This ‘The Lion King’ Effect?

‘Two and a Half Men’ Gets Record Ratings,0,4384071.story

Charlie Sheen Roast Delivers 6.4 Million Viewers

Charlie Sheen and Warner Bros. Near Settlement

R.E.M. Breaks Up After Three Decades

Live Nation, Universal Music Group Launch Partnership: Management, Ticketing, More

Will January 1, 2013 Be Doomsday For Publishers

Details Emerge About Disney’s Plans To Bring ‘Avatar’ To Its Parks

Pandora’s Next Feature: Tour Marketing

Publisher’s Eager For Amazon Tablet

Tony Bennett, 85, Will Finally Land His First Billboard 200 No. 1

X-Factor Producer Fires Back

X-Factor Pants Dropping Moment Prompts Indecency Complaint

Oscars: Academy Announces New Rules On Campaigns

Controversy Erupts Over Russia’s Oscar Entry

Entertainment Industry Now Shaking Down People $10 Per Infringement

Universal Preps New Scarface Movie

Elton John Tunes Up ‘Rocketman’ A Feature Film About His Iconic Music Career

Barry Levinson and Sheryl Crow Remake ‘Diner’ For Broadway Stage

Understanding Why Netflix Changed Pricing

Netflix Secures Streaming Deal With Dreamworks

Amazon, Fox Ink Streaming Deal

Dish’s Blockbuster Movies Pass Is No Netflix Killer