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

September 26, 2011

 Thumbnail

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.

Play

Inside Amazon’s Lehigh Valley Warehouse
http://articles.mcall.com/2011-09-17/news/mc-allentown-amazon-complaints-20110917_1_warehouse-workers-heat-stress-brutal-heat

“Star Wars: The Complete Saga” Blu-Ray Breaks Global Sales Records
http://www.hitfix.com/articles/star-wars-the-complete-saga-blu-ray-breaks-global-sales-records

3D Makeovers Coming To Aging Hollywood Blockbusters
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-3d-rereleases-20110925,0,2063864.story

Sony Plans Ghostbusters Screenings; Is This ‘The Lion King’ Effect?
http://www.deadline.com/2011/09/sony-plans-ghostbusters-screenings-is-this-the-lion-king-effect/

‘Two and a Half Men’ Gets Record Ratings
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-cbs-ratings-20110921,0,4384071.story

Charlie Sheen Roast Delivers 6.4 Million Viewers
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/charlie-sheen-roast-delivers-64-237742

Charlie Sheen and Warner Bros. Near Settlement
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/entertainmentnewsbuzz/2011/09/charlie-sheen-and-warner-bros-near-settlement.html

R.E.M. Breaks Up After Three Decades
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/r-e-m-break-up-after-three-decades-20110921

Live Nation, Universal Music Group Launch Partnership: Management, Ticketing, More
http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry/legal-and-management/live-nation-universal-music-group-launch-1005359742.story

Will January 1, 2013 Be Doomsday For Publishers
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/publisher-news/article/48416-will-january-1-2013-be-doomsday-for-publishers-.html

Details Emerge About Disney’s Plans To Bring ‘Avatar’ To Its Parks
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/entertainmentnewsbuzz/2011/09/details-emerge-about-disneys-plans-to-bring-avatar-to-its-parks.html

Pandora’s Next Feature: Tour Marketing
http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2011/09/pandoras-next-feature-tour-marketing.html

Publisher’s Eager For Amazon Tablet
http://www.adweek.com/news/press/publishers-eager-amazon-tablet-134934

Tony Bennett, 85, Will Finally Land His First Billboard 200 No. 1
http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/the-beat-goes-on/posts/it-took-him-85-years-but-tony-bennett-lands-his-first-billboard-200-no-1

X-Factor Producer Fires Back
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/x-factor-producer-fires-back-237537

X-Factor Pants Dropping Moment Prompts Indecency Complaint
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/showtracker/2011/09/x-factor-pants-dropping-indecency-complaint.html

Oscars: Academy Announces New Rules On Campaigns
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/movies/2011/09/academy-announces-new-campaign-rules-limits-panel-participation-events-and-social-media-use.html

Controversy Erupts Over Russia’s Oscar Entry
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/controversy-erupts-russia-s-oscar-238550

Entertainment Industry Now Shaking Down People $10 Per Infringement
http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20110923/11373516066/entertainment-industry-now-shaking-down-people-10-per-infringement.shtml

Universal Preps New Scarface Movie
http://www.deadline.com/2011/09/universal-pictures-readying-a-new-scarface/

Elton John Tunes Up ‘Rocketman’ A Feature Film About His Iconic Music Career
http://www.deadline.com/2011/09/elton-john-tunes-up-rocketman-a-feature-film-about-his-iconic-music-career/

Barry Levinson and Sheryl Crow Remake ‘Diner’ For Broadway Stage
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/movies/2011/09/barry-levinson-diner-broadway-sheryl-crow-musical-rourke.html

Understanding Why Netflix Changed Pricing
http://abovethecrowd.com/2011/09/18/understanding-why-netflix-changed-pricing/

Netflix Secures Streaming Deal With Dreamworks
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/26/business/media/netflix-secures-streaming-deal-with-dreamworks.html

Amazon, Fox Ink Streaming Deal
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/amazon-fox-ink-streaming-deal-240114

Dish’s Blockbuster Movies Pass Is No Netflix Killer
http://gigaom.com/video/dish-blockbuster-movie-pass/

Comments