Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Netflix Content Boss: Vincent D'Onofrio is "one of best supervillains...

The reliance of TV networks on ratings to gauge the success or failure of their shows has been bad for creators of high-quality television programming, according to Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos.

“Look how many shows didn’t get past the first three episodes,” said Sarandos, speaking Monday at the UBS Global Media & Communications Conference in New York. “Not because they were a bad show… but because it was in the wrong slot at the wrong time.”

The reason Netflix doesn’t provide ratings figures is “not because we’re trying to frustrate the press” or “squeeze suppliers,” the exec said, but because the company is not an ad-supported service and “I honestly believe it works against quality television.” He noted that “Seinfeld” on NBC didn’t become a hit show until after four years on the air.

Last month, Nielsen said it would provide viewing metrics for Netflix’s and Amazon’s subscription VOD services, although initially the firm will only let companies see SVOD viewing information for their own content. Nielsen also won’t measure Netflix viewing on computers or mobile devices at first.

Asked about the Nielsen plans to measure SVOD, Sarandos quipped, “I hope you have all the confidence in that number as you do in their current tracking,” alluding to past errors in TV ratings measurement service from Nielsen.

Meanwhile, Sarandos also said cable operators haven’t kept pace with shifting consumer habits by failing to invest in dynamic advertising tech, which would let them better cater to viewer preferences for the on-demand model. “People like watching all episodes (of a show) in one sitting… instead of waiting a whole season to watch them on cable,” he said.

Cable TV needs to “fix the root of the problem,” to let advertisers serve ads dynamically, so that VOD services will be able to support the delivery of television shows in an on-demand fashion.
Netflix’s model has appealed to writers and showrunners, because the SVOD company gives them a level of creative freedom that many networks don’t, Sarandos said. On the other hand, Netflix requires that the content come to us “better developed” than it would have if it were going to a traditional TV network, he said.
Currently, Netflix is various stages of producing nine original series, including Marvel’s “Daredevil” under a pact that will also bring live-action series based on three other “street hero” characters to Netflix. “Daredevil,” which Sarandos called “cinematic” and “dark,” is shooting right now in Brooklyn. The exec praised British actor Charlie Cox, who stars as the title character, and said Vincent D’Onofrio is “one of the best supervillains you’ll ever see.”

Within five years, Netflix wants to be available in virtually every country in the world, Sarandos said. The company by that point expects to debut as many as 20 original TV series annually, or about one every 2.5 weeks, “kind of getting into a regular drumbeat” for subscribers to expect original programming on the service, he said.

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via Variety, 12.8.14

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List of films in production.

"In Dubious Battle" [2016]

"In Dubious Battle" [2016]
An activist gets caught up in the labor movement for farm workers in California during the 1930s. Vincent....Al Anderson


A story about the early life of Tennessee Williams

Directed by James Franco
Vincent D'Onofrio, Jacob Loeb

"American Falls" - [TBA]

In a rural town in Southern Idaho, the Suzukis, a Japanese American family, run a small motel. One night they get a strange visitor who sports ‘city’ clothes who turns out to be the first African-American man that Toru Suzuki’s children have ever seen. Yoshiko takes it upon herself to solve the mystery about this man, especially when 2 police officers come knocking on their door.

Short film produced by Erika Hampson.
Vincent D'Onofrio as Detective Foster.

'Purgatory' [TBA]

'Purgatory' [TBA]
Tagline: In the Wild West a lot of blood was spilled... but it didn't go to waste. Vincent....Dallas Stoudenmire

"A Fall From Grace" [TBA]

Detective Michael Tabb knows the city of St. Louis inside and out. He has felt its true heart, as much as its dark underbelly: but he does not know who, in both the dark and light - is taking the lives of young girls.

Director: Jennifer Lynch
Producer/Writer ...Eric Wilkinson

Vincent D'Onofrio ....George Lawson (GRACE's father)
Tim Roth.......Detective Tabb

Filming in St Louis - TBA

"Supreme Ruler" [TBA]

A man campaigns to become the leader of the Buffalo lodge.

Vincent D'Onofrio as Hank Dory
Ron Livingston as Steve
Marcia Gay Harden as Nancy

"The Monster Next Door" [TBA]

"The Monster Next Door" - Comedy Horror

Executive Produced by Dennis Johnson, Melanie Mohlman Produced by Eric Wilkinson, David Michaels
Written by Jim Robbins
Directed by Jennifer Lynch

Cast: Vincent D'Onofrio, Bill Pullman, French Stewart, Bill Moseley

'Down & Dirty Pictures' - [in Production - Filming TBA]

'Down & Dirty Pictures' - [in Production - Filming TBA]
Vincent......Harvey Weinstein

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