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"For our younger audience, that's the thing you watch on your phones," Harris quipped.
Another bit in the opening segment had Harris trying to binge-watch every episode of every TV series simultaneously, a practice made popular by the video service Netflix.
The humor highlighted the crux of the television industry's dilemma: Technology has rapidly changed the way consumers watch TV, as the landscape has become increasingly crowded with services that compete with the traditional TV networks for viewers. The networks' challenge is to figure out how to exploit these digital platforms without steering viewers away from their own channels and jeopardizing the billions of dollars they collect each year in ad revenue and fees from cable distributors.
"I don't think the word 'Netflix' was spoken during the broadcast, but the entire subtext of that opening sketch was Netflix," said Ted Sarandos, the company's chief content officer. "That was pretty amazing."
Some pundits had expected Netflix's political thriller "House of Cards" to win big at this year's event. Instead, the drama"Breaking Bad" on cable channel AMC and the sitcom"Modern Family" on ABC won the top honors Sunday night. Industry titan HBO scored the most Emmys — 27 — while CBS had the second-highest haul with 16.
After winning best drama for "Breaking Bad," the show's creator, Vince Gilligan, credited Netflix for helping establish an audience for the show after early seasons did not perform strongly in the Nielsen ratings.
Hugh Jackman in "Prisoners," which took the top box-office spot with an estimated $21.4 million. (Wilson Webb / Alcon Entertainment)
Taking prisoners. The kidnapping drama "Prisoners" held the box office hostage with a take of $21.4 million, slightly beating projections. The only other new movie in wide release - "Battle of the Year" -- about a dance competition, didn't impress the judges and took in only $5 million. Performing well in limited release were "Enough Said" and "Rush." Weekend box office recaps from the Los Angeles Times and Movie City News.
I think we are turning Chinese. China's box office revenue will surpass North America by 2018 and will double it by 2018.
Film distribution preference goes to Chinese films or films with "substantial" investment and filming in China.
There are already more theaters in China than in all of North America.
There are more IMax theaters in China than in the rest of the world combined. Hollywood is investing in China over major investments in the US.
There is no guarantee that films made for American audiences will even make a dent in Chinese box office.
Action adventure and films with lots of scenery translate well into Chinese. American comedy, most dramas and biographies do not.
Universal and Dreamworks are both planning massive studios with theme parks in mainland China.
Disney will expand its Hong Kong Disneyland and build the world's largest Disneyland in Shanghai.
And the world turns from the American century to a new global model...
And we not only let it, but finance it...
Wang Jianlin, the wealthiest man in China, is chairman of Dalian Wanda Group, which owns theater chain AMC Entertainment. The movie business is increasingly reliant on the international marketplace. Above, Wang attends an event at a Beijing hotel. (Ng Han Guan / Associated Press / September 24, 2013)
A big fish called Wanda. Chinese entertainment giant Dalian Wanda Group Corp. is spending billions to build an entertainment center and movie studio in Qingdao. Wanda, which owns the AMCmovie theater chain, wooed big stars including Leonardo DiCaprio for its announcement and has deals with the major Hollywood talent agencies to help it build a movie empire. More on Wanda's aspirations from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and the Los Angeles Times (click here). Daily Dose: Media analyst Craig Moffett thinks a merger of satellite broadcasters DirecTV and Dish Network has become highly unlikely and has downgraded both stocks to neutral. Moffett said the Justice Department's efforts to block the merger of US Airways and American Airlines is a sign that the Obama administration would not look favorably at DirecTV and Dish hooking up. Moffett said even if Justice is unsuccessful in derailing that merger, it would still likely throw cold water on DirecTV and Dish. Time Warner Cablehas reached a distribution agreement with Milwaukee-based broadcasterJournal Communications. While Time Warner Cable's squabble with Journal Communications didn't get nearly the attention of the cable company's month-long dispute with CBS, it lasted about twice as long. This is good news for Palm Springs residents, where Time Warner Cable is the big pay-TV provider as Journal owns the NBC affiliate there.
"Breaking Bad" cast members Betsy Brandt, Bryan Cranston, Bob Odenkirk and Aaron Paul celebrate winning the best drama Emmy. (Los Angeles Times / Lawrence K. Ho / September 23, 2013)
The Skinny: All caught up on "Breaking Bad." Wish AMCput the finale on video on demand so I could watch it now. Throw in more commercials, I don't care! Tuesday's headlines include an analysis of the changing television landscape as a new season gets underway. Also, Sony shakes up its marketing department and HBO's Sue Naegle is exiting.
Edie Falco remembers James Gandolfini at the 2013 Emmy Awards. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times / September23, 2013)
Death and all his friends. Awards shows are supposed to be happy celebrations of talent. But Sunday's Emmys were hijacked by death. Besides the special goodbyes to James Gandolfini, Corey Monteith and others and an incredibly long In Memoriam segment, there was also a bizarre flashback to the TV coverage assassination of President Kennedy just in case the proceedings weren't grim enough. "This might be the saddest Emmys of all time," cracked "Modern Family" co-creator Steve Levitan. And then there was the band playing off every winner way too soon. Needless to say, most of the critics thought the show was kind of dead. Reviews and recaps from the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Variety, Hollywood Reporter, USA Today and Deadline Hollywood.
Sure, AMC’s “Breaking Bad” took the top spot for dramatic series and ABC’s “Modern Family" won for the fourth straight time in the comedy series category, but, with “Veep,” “The Newsroom,” “Boardwalk Empire” and “Behind the Candelabra” all scoring wins for HBO, the prestige cable network could claim an impressive haul of golden statuettes.
"Breaking Bad" won Outstanding Drama Series at the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Show on Sunday. (Lawrence K. Ho, Los Angeles Times / September 22, 2013)
Making sense of it all. Sunday night's Emmys broadcast was a victory for technology. Or was it a victory for tried-and-true network television? Or was it a victory for HBO? Perhaps it was just a reflection of a changing industry and the way content is consumed and the role Netflix and other digital distribution outlets are playing in all that. The Los Angeles Times tries to read between the jokes at the Emmy Awards and look the rapid changes hitting the industry as a new TV season gets underway.
Country singer Carrie Underwood's tribute to the Beatles was a social media highlight of the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Show on Sunday. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times / September 22, 2013)
Social Media and the Emmy's.
Carrie Underwood's performance is most tweeted-about Emmy moment.
It's been 50 years since the boys from Liverpool touched down on American soil and appeared on "The Ed SullivanShow." Underwood's performance of "Yesterday" memorialized that moment in music history, and generated some 17,090 tweets per minute, according to Twitter.
For hire publicists, fanatic fans (redundant?), bloggers and those seeking a footprint on society fill the Twitter media and impact reporting, viewing and perception with increasing impact every day.
Social media became a forum for viewers to react to surprising moments, such as Jeff Daniels' win for lead actor in a drama for his role as the cerebral television news anchor in the HBO series "The Newsroom," which produced 11,240 tweets a minute.
Other anticipated awards, such as Jim Parsons' lead actor in a comedy award for his portrayal of the fictional physicist Sheldon Cooper in "The Big Bang Theory," or the best drama nod for AMC's critically acclaimed series "Breaking Bad" also reverberated through the Twitterverse -- with each producing more than 12,000 tweets per minute.
Search giant Google, meanwhile, tracked what shows and actors people searched for in the lead up to the 65th annual Emmy Awards, and captured real time trends throughout the show in the major categories.
The results reflect conventional wisdom, with "Breaking Bad's" Bryan Cranston emerging at the top of best actor searches for his portrayal as terminally ill chemistry teacher turned murderous drug lord Walter White, and Lena Dunham, creator of the HBO series "Girls," coming out ahead in queries for best lead actress in a comedy -- an award won by Julia Louis-Dreyfus for her role as a bungling U.S. vice president in the HBO series "Veep."
Bobby Cannavale accepts the award for supporting actor in a drama series for his role on "Boardwalk Empire" at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards. (Chris Pizzello / Chris Pizzello/Invision/Associated Press / September 22, 2013)
New York Mayor Bloomberg touts made-in-New York winners at the Emmys.
“The 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards have recognized some of the most talented people in the production industry by honoring so many ‘Made in NY’ shows this year," Bloomberg said in a statement. "From casting directors to actors, hairstylists to camera operators, New York City is home to a thriving community of creative professionals and we salute all of them, along with our ‘Made in NY’ Emmy winners."
Bloomberg had good reason to crow. More than two dozen awards went to television shows that were made in New York.
"The City has truly become a TV town which means good-paying jobs for 130,000 New Yorkers and an industry that contributes over $7 billion to the local economy supporting thousands of small businesses citywide,'' Bloomberg added.
New York has seen a surge in film and television production since the state increased its film tax credit. The state offers a 30% tax credit toward qualified production expenses and allocates $420 million annually to fund moves and TV programs.
New Mexico also had bragging rights Sunday night after drama series winner "Breaking Bad" creator and producer Vince Gilligan gave a shout out to Albuquerque for hosting the successful AMC show. "Breaking Bad," about chemistry teacher Walter White (Bryan Cranston) who turns to producing and selling meth to support his family, was also set in Abuquerque, spawning a film tourism business that catered to the show's fans. The series wrapped production in April.
Parting gift. Sue Naegle is leaving HBO to start her own production company that will have a first-look agreement with the premium channel. Naegle, who had been with HBO for about five years, had a lower profile than her boss Michael Lombardo, who is HBO's president of programming. Naegle's position is not expected to be filled. She may have become redundant. More on her departure from the Hollywood Reporter.
It couldn't have been the scripts. After a disappointing summer that included flops "White House Down," "After Earth" and "Elysium” Sony Pictures is making a change in its marketing department. Marc Weinstock is exiting from his role as president of worldwide marketing for the studio. I admit that I'm more familiar with TV than movies but unless the marketing guy gave the go-ahead to make these turkeys, mayby Sony is canning the wrong guy. Details on Weinstock's departure from Variety.
PRODUCER JERRY BRUCKHEIMER'S DEAL WITH WALT DISNEY STUDIOS WILL NOT BE RENEWED WHEN IT EXPIRES IN 2014, ENDING A PARTNERSHIP THAT BEGAN IN 1991. SHOWN IS JOHNNY DEPP AS JACK SPARROW IN JUST ONE SUCCESSFUL BRUCKHEIMER HELMED SERIES FOR DISNEY.
Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer to end longtime partnership.
The spectacular 22-year partnership of Walt Disney Co. and producer Jerry Bruckheimer will come to an end next year, signaling the Burbank company's changing priorities and how the shifting sands of the movie business are affecting A-list producers.
The producer's first-look deal with Walt Disney Studios will not be renewed when it expires in 2014, ending a run that resulted in 27 movies — from early hits like "The Rock" and "Armageddon" to the long-running "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise — and almost $9 billion in box-office receipts.
But Bruckheimer's most recent picture, "The Lone Ranger," released July 3, was a costly disappointment for Disney and led to speculation among Hollywood observers that Bruckheimer's relationship with the studio would soon end.
In an interview with The Times, Bruckheimer acknowledged the picture's poor performance, but said the separation from Disney was set in motion long before "The Lone Ranger" grossed just $245 million against a production budget estimated at $250 million.
"It's never about one movie," said Bruckheimer, who turns 70 on Saturday. "This was something that was coming long before 'Lone Ranger' was made."
The filmmaker said rather that he and Disney don't want to make the same kinds of movies anymore, and he lamented Disney's decision in 2010 to stop releasing in-house productions under its Touchstone Pictures label, which was home to many of the producer's biggest hits.
"We wanted to make the kind of movies we made in the past with Touchstone," he said. "But unfortunately they have a business plan that doesn't include the kind of movies we made in the past."
Bruckheimer and producing partner Don Simpson — who had been enormously successful on the Paramount lot with "Flashdance," "Beverly Hills Cop," "Top Gun" and other movies — signed a deal with Disney in 1991. The duo's first movie for the studio was 1994's "The Ref," a disappointment that was followed in 1995 by successes "Dangerous Minds," "Crimson Tide" and "Bad Boys." Simpson died in 1996.
"Jerry is one of those unique people with a unique set of talents that comes along every so often that you just want to be a part of," said Dick Cook, chairman of Walt Disney Studios from 2002 to 2009.
However, Cook added, "Clearly everybody is watching their costs, everybody is watching how expensive these movies are, how expensive they are to market. Everybody is trying to get the biggest bang for every dollar."
But with Marvel and Pixar reliably churning out hits like the"Iron Man" and "Shrek" franchises — and Disney's 2012 acquisition of Lucasfilm ensuring a steady pipeline of "Star Wars" movies — the studio has become less inclined to make the sort of riskier, more adult fare that Bruckheimer said he wants to pursue.
"Disney's strategy with Marvel and 'Star Wars' played a big role in this," said analyst Harold Vogel, who has long covered Disney. "They've made no secret of the direction they are going in. Their strategic direction is away from these kinds of films that [Bruckheimer] is known for."
Vogel also noted that studios generally are "trying to prune or cut back on production deals on the lot because basically they cost too much."
In recent years, other studios have cut ties with big-name producers. Last year, for example, "The Matrix" producer Joel Silver parted ways with Warner Bros., with which he had a 25-year relationship.
Also, "The Lone Ranger," which will result in a loss of as much as $190 million for Disney, wasn't Bruckheimer's only recent disappointment.
"If you look at the last five years … everything else has missed the mark to greater or lesser extent," said Bruce Nash, head of film business analytics firm Nash Information Services. "I think that will influence the studio's thinking. Do they really want to spend another $200 million on a film?"
Bruckheimer will remain partners with Disney on the fifth film in the "Pirates" franchise, which has generated $3.73 billion in global box-office receipts, and is developing another picture in the "National Treasure" series.
"We will continue to work together in the future, and we look forward to seeing more of the films that have made Jerry Bruckheimer a Hollywood legend," Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn said in a statement.
Disney said this month that the fifth film in the Johnny Depp-starring "Pirates" franchise would not be released as planned on July 10, 2015.
Production of the "Pirates" picture was supposed to have begun early next year, but people with knowledge of the matter have said it is delayed because of the project's incomplete script and the studio's crowded 2015 slate, which includes a "Cinderella" reboot, "The Avengers: Age of Ultron"and animated movie "Inside Out."
Beyond the "Pirates" and "National Treasure" projects, Bruckheimer has several other movies being readied for release or in development, including a film adaptation of "Apaches," the 1997 Lorenzo Carcaterra novel about rogue New York City police officers.
Bruckheimer, who has long pursued the project said, "It's hard one — we love it. We don't give up."
Sony Pictures Entertainment's Screen Gems unit will release Bruckheimer's "Beware the Night," a picture starring Eric Bana about a police officer investigating crimes involving the occult and demons. The gritty thriller is scheduled for release in January 2015.
It's the sort of film that Bruckheimer envisions making elsewhere because, he said, "We can't develop this kind of movie now" at Disney.
Bruckheimer said he'd continue to split time between his film and television businesses, the latter of which has produced such hit franchises as "CSI" and "The Amazing Race." His TV banner, Jerry Bruckheimer Television, has a deal with Warner Bros. Television.
But Bruckheimer made his bones in the film world, building a legacy at Disney he is happy to defend.
"Not that we hit it every time, but the track record speaks for itself," he said.
Benedict Cumberbatch, left, and Karl Urban star in "Star Trek Into Darkness." (Zade Rosenthal / MCT / March 12, 2012)
'Star Trek Into Darkness' boldly goes to top of DVD sales chart.
It looks like the newest "Star Trek" movie is living long and prospering.
9. "Castle: The Complete Fifth Season" (Disney). Week 1.
Maybe they can rename NCSI. CBS is looking to make another spinoff of "NCIS," according to Deadline Hollywood. Of course, there is already "NCIS: Los Angeles" and the original "NCIS" was actually a spinoff of "JAG." The new one would be set in New Orleans. Unlike NCIS, which is an east coast show filmed in Los Angeles, the new show would take advantage of tax incentives and authentic location flavour and shoot in Louisiana and surrouding states. Maybe someone can just invest a cable network that would be devoted to nothing but spinoffs.
Drew Barrymore is executive producing the cooking challenge show "Knife Fight," which will air on Esquire Network.(Esquire Network / March 6, 2013)
Fashion statement. NBCUniversal is launched Esquire Network on Monday. The new cable channel is targeting upscale men with lifestyle shows about cooking, drinking and travel. It has also bought rerun rights to Jimmy Fallon's late night show as well as the NBC sitcom "Parks and Recreation." Executives at Esquire swear the channel isn't Bravo for men. Curtain raisers from the Associated Press and Los Angeles Times.
Another win. Dish has again defeated an effort to shut down its AutoHop via preliminary injunction. The AutoHop makes it easier for subscribers to skip commercials and broadcast networks contend it violates their copyright. Details from Broadcasting and Cable. Can this case just go to trial so we can settle it once and for all?