Showbiz Sandbox 308: Hollywood Thinks It Has Netflix’s Numbers

With Netflix now available in 190 countries, the upstart video-on-demand service has grown so big Hollywood studios and television networks are getting seriously worried. Sure, they’ve earned millions by licensing their content to Netflix, but they now find themselves competing with the company for new projects, not to mention the industry’s most sought after talent.

TV networks are especially upset Netflix can claim to be a success without ever revealing their ratings. Some have even gone so far as to commission studies to determine the true viewership of Netflix programming. Meanwhile, Netflix has become concerned about viewers bypassing geographic restrictions by subscribing to their U.S. service from international territories.

When it came to this year’s Academy Awards nominations however, Netflix was overlooked in all of the major categories. So were minorities. For the second year in a row all of the acting nominations and those for best director went to caucasians, giving rise to a repeat of the #OscarsSoWhite social media campaign.

Of course we also cover the week’s top entertainment news including NBC’s plans to produce a live version of the musical “Hairspray”, Al Jazeera America is being shut down and the death of actor Alan Rickman.

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Box Office: ‘Ride Along 2’ Speeding Past ‘The Revenant,’ ‘Star Wars’ Over Holiday Weekend
https://variety.com/2016/film/box-office/ride-along-2-box-office-the-revenant-1201682080/

Japan Box Office: ‘Star Wars: Force Awakens’ on Course to Cross $100 Million
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/japan-box-office-star-wars-854862

Spike Lee, Jada Pinkett Smith Call for Oscar Boycott
https://variety.com/2016/film/awards/spike-lee-jada-pinkett-smith-oscar-boycott-1201682165/

Oscar Nominations: The Complete List
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/lists/oscar-nominations-complete-list-855398

Academy Nominates All White Actors for Second Year in Row
http://variety.com/2016/biz/news/oscar-nominations-2016-diversity-white-1201674903/

‘Straight Outta Compton’ Producer Calls Oscar Noms “Embarrassing”
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/straight-outta-compton-producer-calls-856421

DGA Awards Film Nominations Unveiled
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/dga-awards-film-nominations-unveiled-854770

‘Hairspray’ Set as NBC’s Next Live Musical
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/hairspray-set-as-nbcs-next-855371

ESPN Launches Vertical to Cover eSports, Competitive Gaming
https://variety.com/2016/digital/games/espn-launches-vertical-to-cover-esports-competitive-gaming-1201679478/

David Bowie Hits No. 1 on Billboard Chart with ‘Blackstar,’ a First
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/18/arts/music/bowie-hits-no-1-a-first.html

‘24′ Pilot Officially a Go at Fox, Action-Thriller To Be Revived Without Jack Bauer
http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/24legacy-reboot-fox-pilot-order-1201680684/

Netflix Orders Scripted Series ‘Haters Back Off’ Based on YouTube Star Miranda Sings
http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/haters-back-off-netflix-series-miranda-sings-1201663591/

Millennials Account for 70% Using TodayTix App
http://variety.com/2016/digital/news/hamilton-millennial-theatergoers-study-todaytix-1201679600/

Fake “Hamilton” tix everywhere
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/18/nyregion/theatergoers-desperate-to-see-hamilton-fall-prey-to-ticket-forgers.html

Live Nation Sold 29 Million Concert Tickets In 2015, No One Else Was Even Close
http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2016/01/live-nation-sold-29-million-concert-tickets-in-2015-no-one-else-was-even-close.html

Al Jazeera America To Shut Down
http://www.rapidtvnews.com/2016011441349/al-jazeera-america-to-shut-down.html

French Movie About Jihadis Won’t Be Released in Theaters
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/01/15/french-movie-about-jihadis-wont-be-released-in-theaters/?_r=0

Netflix’s Growth Elicits Fear In Hollywood
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-netflix-hollywood-20160118-story.html

Netflix Vows to Shut Down Proxy Users Who Bypass Country Restrictions
http://variety.com/2016/digital/news/netflix-shuts-down-proxy-access-1201680010/

NBC Exec Outs Netflix Ratings for ‘Jessica Jones,’ ‘Master of None,’ More
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/nbc-exec-outs-netflix-ratings-855642

Disruption by Netflix Irks TV Foes
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/18/business/media/disruption-by-netflix-irks-tv-foes.html

Ted Sarandos Blasts NBC’s Netflix Ratings Info: ‘Remarkably Inaccurate’
http://variety.com/2016/digital/news/netflix-ted-sarandos-blasts-ratings-nbc-1201681727/

FX CEO John Landgraf updates his forecast on ‘too much TV,’ talks Netflix
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-john-landgraf-fx-forecast-press-tour-20160116-story.html

Netflix’s Expansion Attracts Some Unexpected Customers
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/01/17/netflixs-expansion-attracts-some-unexpected-customers/

Alan Rickman, Watchable Villain in ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Die Hard,’ Dies at 69
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/15/obituaries/alan-rickman-dies-at-69.html