Category Archives: Policy & Product

Mark Hamill and other stars will read the Mueller Report live at 9PM ET

The performance will be presented by Law Works Action, an organization which “engages bipartisan voices and educates the public on the importance of the rule of law, the role of the special counsel in the justice system and the integrity of our judicial institutions.” The reading could prove an intriguing look at how we engage with legal investigations, especially one with as much cache as Robert Mueller’s report. If you miss the stream, you can watch an on-demand version of the performance after the fact. – Kris Holt, Engadget » https://engt.co/2J3ibkV
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Ted Sarandos on How Netflix Develops Original Content: ‘It’s 70-80% Art, and 20-30% Science’

Sarandos said Netflix will not incorporate advertising into its service or go after distribution rights to live sporting events, which are two facets of revenue other streaming services will rely upon. When asked about how the incoming competition from Disney, Apple, WarnerMedia, and more will affect the market, Sarandos said there was room for expansion. – Ben Travers, IndieWire » http://bit.ly/2KyZdpG

BoJack Horseman’s Animators Have Voted to Unionize

After months of negotiations, the animators of BoJack Horseman have voted to unionize with The Animation Guild (TAG). According to Cartoon Brew, a divide has always existed on the show between the animators who went without union protection and the unionized writers and voice actors. BoJack was one of the few Netflix animated series that did not have a contract with Animation Guild Local 839 IATSE. – Bethy Squires, Vulture » https://vult.re/2N3cd8U

JJ Abrams Goes to WarnerMedia: Nine Upcoming Projects Impacted By the Deal

Everyone from Disney to Apple has pursued him with a rigor normally reserved for superstar athletes, desperate to house his prolific content output under their shingles. The sweepstakes seems to be nearing to an end, as reports are saying Abrams has agreed to a $500 million deal to move his entire Bad Robot production company to WarnerMedia. – Christian Zilko, IndieWire » http://bit.ly/2RujBbX

Oh man, Netflix just canceled ‘Good Omens’

Good Omens was released in May. David Tennant plays the demon Crowley, while Michael Sheen plays his counterpart as the angel Aziraphale. The campaign is upset that the two characters are “good friends.” The petition’s creators are also perturbed that the six-part series portrays God as evil, while the devils appear as good. – Eilish O’Sullivan, The Daily Dot » http://bit.ly/2NjIQQ3

Comcast broke law 445,000 times in scheme to inflate bills, judge finds

In yesterday’s ruling, King County Superior Court Judge Timothy Bradshaw found that “Comcast violated the Consumer Protection Act more than 445,000 times when it charged tens of thousands of Washingtonians for its Service Protection Plan without their consent,” Ferguson’s announcement said. Each wrongful monthly charge was a separate violation, so there were multiple violations per customer. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica » http://bit.ly/2IwO30W
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