Netflix Lands Worldwide Rights to Upcoming Duplass Brother’s Films

In the next chapter of what is Netflix’s reign in film and television distribution, Netflix has acquired the exclusive WW rights to Mark and Jay Duplass’s next four films.

You may already know them for: The One I Love (a personal favorite), Creep, and Jeff Who Lives at Home.

On the deal the brothers reply, “Turns out when you make films for Netflix, millions of people all over the world watch them. This is not a terrible thing for an independent filmmaker.”

The first of the films will stream later this year.

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The 25 Biggest Opening Weekends of All Time

Black Panther had an incredible opening weekend, bringing in over $200m Fri-Sun, and over $240m including the Monday holiday. To see how it compares to other blockbusters, see link here.

Other such titles include:

  • Suicide Squad: $133.7m
  • Finding Dory: $135.1m
  • Guardians of the Galaxy 2: $146.5m
  • The Dark Knight: $158.4m
  • Beauty and the Beast: $174.8m
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens: $247.9m

Netflix Nabs Ryan Murphy

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Netflix recently executed a $300M partnership with Fox’s own Ryan Murphy
  • Murphy is responsible for such hits as American Horror Story, American Crime Story, Feud and Glee
  • This deal comes 6 months after Netflix wooed Shonda Rhimes from her 15-year relationship with ABC
  • Both of these groundbreaking deals have taken place while Disney (owner of ABC) is also working to acquire Fox
  • Netflix’s power move is a siren to all network cable broadcasting and even other streaming services that they are preparing to take over television
  • Other showrunners/producers to keep an eye on are: CBS’s Chuck Lorre, CW’s Greg Berlanti and NBC’s Dick Wolf

See the links here: Vanity Fair, E! News, CNN

10 Screenplay Structures

Here’s what you need to know:

  • 3-Act structure: the most common structure, the story has a clear beginning, middle and end. Like a domino effect, one scene falls into another, into another, etc., until the end. It’s a linear story. (Star Wars)
  • Real-time structure: no breaks, no flashbacks, the story and events take place in the now. (12 Angry Men)
  • Multiple-time structure: individual linear stories are mixed up among each other. One story’s causality doesn’t necessarily affect the others. There is a shared theme between stories. (The Godfather II)

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Tablo DVR app now available for Samsung TVs

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Tablo is a DVR app now available on Samsung smart TVs
  • The app allows you to browse network TV programming, record them on your DVR and watch later … for free! (?!)
  • The only cost is for the DVR hardware which works with other devices including Apple TV, Roku and Fire TV

See the link here.

11 Anti-Heroes and Ways to Develop Them In Your Screenplay

Here’s what you need to know:

  • the Justifiable Anti-hero: their past offers an explanation of their actions, why they are the way they are (Mad Max, Wolverine, Rambo, Batman, Thelma and Louise)
  • the Near-Hero Anti-hero: they have the characteristics of a hero, but aren’t motivated by a general sense of justice or righteousness, often fueled by selfish causes (Han Solo, Madmartigan)
  • the Sociopathic Anti-hero: typically criminals with a clear lack of morals and ethics, they operate under a skewed perspective fitting to their own criminal world (Tony Soprano, Hannibal Lecter, Tony Montana)

See the link here.

YouTube TV streams on Roku

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Google’s skinny TV bundle service, YouTube TV, offers 50+ channels including local broadcast stations for $35/month. It comes with an unlimited cloud based DVR and a program guide for live TV.
  • Available channels include ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, Disney, and ESPN. Premium networks are available at an additional charge.
  • YouTube TV is now available on select Roku players in the Roku channel store.

See the link here.