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‘365 Days’ Sequels: Netflix Filming Parts 2 And 3 Of Popular & Controversial Polish Erotic Drama

‘365 Days’ Sequels: Netflix Filming Parts 2 And 3 Of Popular & Controversial Polish Erotic Drama
Exclusive: Fans of Polish erotic movie 365 Days rejoice – I can reveal that Netflix is set to serve you up parts two and three of the pic that titillated viewers around the world and also sparked significant controversy when it debuted on the platform last summer.

Original cast members Michele Morrone and Anna-Maria Sieklucka (spoiler alert) will reprise their lead roles, with Magdalena Lamparska also returning. Model and actor Simone Susinna is joining the cast as new character Nacho. Barbara Białowąs and Tomasz Mandes are back on directing duties.

This time out, Laura and Massimo are reunited, but their new beginning is complicated by Massimo’s family ties and a mysterious man who enters Laura’s life to win her heart and trust at any cost.

The first film’s storyline – which saw a young Polish woman imprisoned by a Sicilian gangster who gives her one year to fall in
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Netflix’s Ted Sarandos To HFPA: “We’re Stopping Any Activities With Your Organization Until More Meaningful Changes Are Made”; Golden Globes Group Responds – Update

Netflix’s Ted Sarandos To HFPA: “We’re Stopping Any Activities With Your Organization Until More Meaningful Changes Are Made”; Golden Globes Group Responds – Update
Exclusive: (Updated With HFPA Response) As the beleaguered Hollywood Foreign Press Association pledges to reform itself, Netflix has declared that it will not be working with the Golden Globes group until it gets its act together, to put it mildly.

“Like many in our industry, we’ve been waiting for today’s announcement in the hope that you would acknowledge the breadth of issues facing the HFPA and provide a clear roadmap for change,” the streamer’s co-ceo Ted Sarandos wrote in a letter Thursday to the HFPA’s Leadership Committee that Deadline has obtained.

The correspondence from the top exec came on May 6 after around 75 of the insular HFPA’s 86 members voted for an inclusion and overhaul proposal the group’s board put forth at the beginning of this week. The HFPA has been scrambling since it was revealed just before February 28’s semi-virtual Golden Globes that the freewheeling group had zero Black members.
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Netflix Co-CEOs Ted Sarandos, Reed Hastings Enjoy Massive 2020 Pay Packages

Netflix Co-CEOs Ted Sarandos, Reed Hastings Enjoy Massive 2020 Pay Packages
It was a good year to run a streaming service.

Netflix co-CEOs Reed Hastings and Ted Sarandos earned $43.2 million and $39.3 million, respectively, in 2020, representing sizable pay increases for the two men.

Hastings, who also serves as the company’s chairman, earned $38.6 million in 2019 and $36 million in 2018. Sarandos, who helped spearhead Netflix’s big push into original content, netted $34.7 million in 2019 and $29.6 million in the previous year.

More than half of Sarandos’ compensation was in the form of his $20 million salary, while the bulk of Hastings’ pay came from $42 million in options. Hastings only drew a $650,000 salary. Sarandos also enjoyed a generous incentive package, bringing in $18.3 million in options.

In addition, the 2020 pay package for Sarandos, who was named co-ceo alongside Hastings last summer, included $995,088 in residential security costs “paid to a third-party provider.” According to the company’s proxy filing Friday, the Netflix board’s compensation committee “approved the residential
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Netflix Co-CEO Reed Hastings Earned $43 Million In 2020, Ted Sarandos’ Pay Was $39 Million; Both Up From Year Earlier

Netflix Co-CEO Reed Hastings Earned $43 Million In 2020, Ted Sarandos’ Pay Was $39 Million; Both Up From Year Earlier
Netflix co-CEOs Reed Hastings and Ted Sarandos earned, respectively, $43.2 million and $39.3 million in 2020. The pay was up for both. Chairman and founder Hastings earned $38.6 million the year before, when Sarandos took home $34.7 million.

Hastings base salary was only $650,000 with the bulk of his compensation from a grant of options valued at $42.4 million, according to a proxy statement filed with the SEC.

Sarandos, instead, received a base salary of $20 million and an option grant worth $18.3 million. He was named co-ceo last July, in addition to his role as chief content officer.

Netflix had a blowout 2020 as the quintessential stay-at-home stock as the world braved a global pandemic with Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness, The Queen’s Gambit and Bridgerton. On Tuesday, however, it reported lower than expected subscriber growth for the first quarter of 2021.

The company has an unusual approach to compensation with a program consisting solely of base salary and
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Reed Hastings’ Netflix Pay Tops $43M, Ted Sarandos Earns $39M in 2020

Reed Hastings’ Netflix Pay Tops $43M, Ted Sarandos Earns $39M in 2020
Netflix co-CEOs Reed Hastings and Ted Sarandos each saw their compensation rise in 2020, as the pandemic pushed Netflix to new subscriber heights.

Hastings earned $43.2 million, compared to the $38.6 million package that he made in 2019. Meanwhile, Sarandos, who was named co-ceo over the summer, saw his pay package rise to $39.3 million, compared with the $34.7 million he made in 2019.

Hastings had a base salary of $650,000, with the rest of his compensation coming in the form of stock options. Sarandos, by contrast, had a base salary of $20 million, with another $18 million ...
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Media Companies Scramble to Build a Better Bundle (Column)

Media Companies Scramble to Build a Better Bundle (Column)
Even in a TV landscape strewn with new streaming services, media is still all about the bundle.

The rise of mighty new platforms bolstered with high-wattage content has been heralded as evidence of the great un-bundling in the pay-tv sector, a trend that does not bode well for Hollywood’s balance sheets. But as the TV marketplace has expanded over the past year, most of the major players are focused on using their marquee content to assemble their own proprietary bundles.

Disney, ViacomCBS, Discovery and Comcast are all focused on stitching together a patchwork quilt of platform options to draw as many greenbacks as possible out of consumers on a monthly basis. Netflix, of course, remains a major exception.

AT&T CEO John Stankey sounded downright giddy on the company’s first quarter earnings call Thursday as he talked up the growth that HBO Max has seen since debuting late last May.
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Link Tank: Netflix’s Dad Stop Embarrassing Me! Sees Jamie Foxx Returning to Comedy

Link Tank: Netflix’s Dad Stop Embarrassing Me! Sees Jamie Foxx Returning to Comedy
Netflix’s Dad Stop Embarrassing Me! is a new Black sitcom that has Jamie Foxx revisiting his comedy roots.

“Executive produced by Jamie Foxx, his daughter Corinne Foxx, The Jamie Foxx Show creator Bentley Kyle Evans, and director Ken Whittingham, Dad Stop Embarrassing Me! is a multi-cam sitcom inspired by Jamie and Corinne’s father-daughter relationship. Jamie Foxx assumes the role of Brian Dixon, and teenage actress Kyla-Drew plays his daughter, Sasha.”

Read more at Thrillist.

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings assures people that the streaming platform is not cracking down on password sharing.

“Netflix wants you to relax: It’s not preparing a widescale crackdown on password sharing. Fears of crackdown came up last month when at least a few users encountered a new security measure that can block access to a Netflix account if you don’t live in the same household as the actual account holder.”

Read more at PCMag.
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Netflix CEO Says Password Sharing Prevention Will Be Handled In A Way That “Makes Sense To Consumers”

Netflix CEO Says Password Sharing Prevention Will Be Handled In A Way That “Makes Sense To Consumers”
Netflix knows you’re a thief. The streaming service knows you’ve been using the login information given to you from your friend, co-worker, parents, or ex-partner. And Netflix is going to stop you from doing it. But the company is going to do it in a way that is nice, don’t worry.

Read More: Netflix & Sony Strike Streaming Deal That Includes 2022 Film Slate, Sony’s Library Titles & New Originals

According to a new earnings call from Netflix (via Variety), co-ceo Reed Hastings talked about the recent reports that the company was testing a variety of ways to prevent password sharing amongst its users.

Continue reading Netflix CEO Says Password Sharing Prevention Will Be Handled In A Way That “Makes Sense To Consumers” at The Playlist.
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As Netflix Password-Sharing Crackdown Continues, Co-CEO Reed Hastings Vows Not To “Tighten The Screws” On Consumers

As Netflix Password-Sharing Crackdown Continues, Co-CEO Reed Hastings Vows Not To “Tighten The Screws” On Consumers
Netflix has been tightening its controls on password-sharing, a shift that could reap billions in previously lost revenue, but the company acknowledges it is a delicate process.

“We test many things but we would never roll something out that feels like turning the screws” on consumers, Co-CEO Reed Hastings said during the company’s first-quarter earnings interview. “It’s got to feel like it makes sense to consumers, that they understand it.”

The tests, which were revealed earlier this year, aim to “harmonize with the way consumers think about it,” Hastings added.

Netflix missed its own forecast for subscriber growth by a wide margin, reporting 208 million global subscribers at the end of the quarter. Wall Street analysts and investors have increasingly wondered how much the company could net by requiring every viewer to be properly logged into their own account. Citibank analyst Jason Bazinet recently estimated the company loses $6 billion
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Ahead Of Oscars, Netflix Chiefs Choose Favorite Horse In The Race

Ahead Of Oscars, Netflix Chiefs Choose Favorite Horse In The Race
Netflix scored a big haul of Oscar nominations this year – 35 in total – putting the streamer in the top three for a studio in the history of the awards.

The company’s big cheeses, including co-CEOs Reed Hastings and Ted Sarandos, were asked today, on their first-quarter financials video, out of these films, which did they most enjoy watching.

Founder Hastings plumped for Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7, which scored six nominations, and was joined by investor relations chief Spencer Wang in the pick.

CFO Spencer Neumann and COO and Chief Product Officer Greg Peters both went for White Tiger, the Ramin Bahrani-directed film that starred Priyanka Chopra and Adarsh Gourav, which was nominated for best adapted screenplay.

Sarandos, best known in his role as Chief Content Officer, initially tried to “diplomatically” pass the question to Hastings, before finally answering with If Anything Happens I Love You,
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Netflix Getting Into Video Games? Streamer Teases More Moves Into Billion-Dollar Business

Netflix Getting Into Video Games? Streamer Teases More Moves Into Billion-Dollar Business
Is Netflix making an aggressive move into the video game business? There was definitely some talk on the company’s latest earnings call to back up all of the smoke that has been rising in Hollywood.

When asked directly by moderator Fidelity Management & Research’s Nidhi Gupta, founder and co-ceo Reed Hastings said that “in ways, we’re kind of in gaming now with Bandersnatch and we have some very basic interactive things.”.

But it was Greg Peters, COO and Chief Product Officer, who added more smoke to the fire when he talked, with a smile, about the billion-dollar video game business.

“We’re in the business of creating these amazing, deep universes and compelling characters and people come to love those universes and want to immerse themselves more deeply and get to know the characters better. We’re trying to figure out all of the different ways that we
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Netflix Misses Q1 Subscriber Targets, Blaming Covid-19 Issues, But Beats Financial Forecasts

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Netflix Misses Q1 Subscriber Targets, Blaming Covid-19 Issues, But Beats Financial Forecasts
Netflix reported 208 million global subscribers as of the end of the first quarter, missing its own prediction for 210 million.

The streaming giant did beat financial targets, though with earnings per share of $3.75 coming in well ahead of Wall Street analysts’ expectations. Revenue of $7.16 billion also topped the Street.

The subscriber shortfall, which caused the stock to drop more than 10% in after-hours trading, was blamed on issues related to the coronavirus. Simply put, the pandemic gaveth, but also taketh away. “We believe paid membership growth slowed due to the big Covid-19 pull forward in 2020 and a lighter content slate in the first half of this year, due to Covid-19 production delays,” the company said in its quarterly letter to shareholders. “We continue to anticipate a strong second half with the return of new seasons of some of our biggest hits and an exciting film lineup.”

A degree of “uncertainty” about Covid would linger in the short-term,
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Netflix Misses Forecast, Adds 4 Million Subscribers in First Quarter

Netflix Misses Forecast, Adds 4 Million Subscribers in First Quarter
Netflix shares fell on Tuesday, after the streaming giant disclosed that it had added only 3.98 million subscribers worldwide during the first quarter of 2021. The company says it expects to add only 1 million new subscribers for the current quarter.

Its management team, led by co-CEOs Reed Hastings and Ted Sarandos, had forecast a gain of 6 million, compared with an increase of 15.8 million in the year-ago quarter, which had been fueled in part by stay-at-home orders due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“We had those 10 years that were smooth as silk, and we are ...
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Tyler Perry, Kim Kardashian & Kanye West Hit Forbes Billionaires List For First Time; Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk Are No. 1 & 2 For 2021

Tyler Perry, Kim Kardashian & Kanye West Hit Forbes Billionaires List For First Time; Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk Are No. 1 & 2 For 2021
Production powerhouse Tyler Perry has landed on the Forbes billionaires list for the first time, with $1 billion. The prolific filmmaker behind the Madea franchise, The Have and the Have Nots and Netflix’s recently announced A Jazzman’s Blues is billionaire No. 2,677.

Other TV series from Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta include Sistas and The Oval. He’s working on All the Queen’s Men for BET+, the streaming service joint venture between Perry and ViacomCBS.

Perry joins Kanye West and Kim Kardashian — who happen to be in the midst of a divorce — among 493 first-time additions to Forbes’ 35th annual list, which totals 2,755 billionaires, 660 more than a year ago. Musician and entrepreneur Kanye West, who has a multi-year deal to design sneaker brand Yeezy for Adidas, is billionaire No. 1,750 with $1.8 billion. Kim Kardashian West, who parlayed reality TV stardom into a fortune with a mobile game, cosmetics and most recently shapewear,
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Netflix Is Testing A Way To Limit Password Sharing

Netflix Is Testing A Way To Limit Password Sharing
Netflix is testing a way it can limit password sharing, in what could signal a notable shift of the streaming giant’s posture toward users.

“Is this your account?” an on-screen notification asks some of those trying to log on with credentials from someone outside their household, according to users’ screenshots. “If you don’t live with the owner of this account, you need your own account to keep watching.”

Users can then enter their own information and create an account, which comes with a 30-day free trial in certain territories.

“This test is designed to help ensure that people using Netflix accounts are authorized to do so,” a company spokesperson said in a statement.

A commotion on Twitter over the notifications was first reported on by The Streamable, which indicated that so far only connected-tv subscribers have hit the pay-wall.

The number of accounts able to simultaneously stream is
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Netflix Is Cracking Down on Password Sharing by Rolling Out Account Verification Test

Netflix Is Cracking Down on Password Sharing by Rolling Out Account Verification Test
At long last, Netflix is making a real attempt at cracking down on password sharing. First spotted by GammaWire and then confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter, the streaming giant is currently testing a feature where Netflix viewers attempting to log into the service using somebody else’s account and password are stopped by a message that reads: “If you don’t live with the owner of this account, you need your own account to keep watching.” The viewer must then provide identity verification to continue watching.

A Netflix spokesperson told THR the feature is getting a limited rollout at this time, adding, “This test is designed to help ensure that people using Netflix accounts are authorized to do so.”

Viewers who are blocked from logging into an account with the aforementioned message will have to verify their identity in order to continue using Netflix. Viewers have the option of verifying
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The Dissident Review

The Dissident Review
This is an important documentary that has been avoided for too long. In recounting the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, The Dissident presents a biography of the man, his association with Saudi Arabia, and a thorough overview of the geopolitical forces that caused his tragic death. Directed by Bryan Fogel, it is a very worthy successor to his debut film Icarus, which won Netflix its first Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature back in 2018. Why, then, did this truth-seeking film get ignored?

Fogel had hoped for a distribution deal with one of the streaming giants at Sundance 2020, yet he left Park City empty handed. This was despite an audience that included Hillary Clinton, Alec Baldwin and Reed Hastings, the Netflix chief executive. Clearly, Saudi Arabia’s murder of Jamal Khashoggi was just too hot for the major platforms, whose leaders were more interested in the bottom line than standing up for human rights.
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How a Denny’s Steak Dinner Played Into Netflix’s Celebration of Passing 200M Subscribers

How a Denny’s Steak Dinner Played Into Netflix’s Celebration of Passing 200M Subscribers
Netflix added 8.5 million subscribers in its recent fourth quarter, helping the streamer pass a milestone — 200 million global subscribers. To commemorate the occasion, staffers were given Jan. 22 and Jan. 25 off.

Ahead of the free days, co-CEOs Ted Sarandos and Reed Hastings hosted a virtual gathering with employees, during which Hastings’ screen froze, leaving Sarandos to take over and proving that even tech giants aren’t immune to tech issues.

Hastings kept up with his celebratory tradition of having a Denny’s steak dinner — the meal he ate the day Netflix hit 1 million subscribers,...
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‘Dissident’ Producer Thor Halvorssen on Alleged Saudi Troll Campaign Against Film on Rotten Tomatoes, IMDb

‘Dissident’ Producer Thor Halvorssen on Alleged Saudi Troll Campaign Against Film on Rotten Tomatoes, IMDb
In his review of Bryan Fogel’s “The Dissident,” about the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, Variety critic Owen Gleiberman notes that the investigative doc “has the shadow intrigue of cyber-warfare” including the hacking of Jeff Bezos’ cell phone and the army of trolls it exposes, allegedly hired to crush voices against the Saudi kingdom on Twitter.

That same cyber-warfare now appears to be targeting the film itself with attempts to manipulate its review scores online.

According to “The Dissident” producer Thor Halvorssen, there are ongoing attempts by Saudi-backed trolls to muzzle the pic by lowering its approval ratings on film-rating site Rotten Tomatoes and on IMDb, which also gives ratings based on reviews.

Halvorssen, who is founder and chief executive of the nonprofit Human Rights Foundation, says he first came across the trolls roughly a year ago on the day “The Dissident” had its premiere at Sundance 2020, attended by around 300 people,
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Disney Channels Veteran Nancy Kanter Inks Overall Deal With Netflix

Disney Channels Veteran Nancy Kanter Inks Overall Deal With Netflix
A day after Nancy Kanter’s last day at Disney, Netflix announced an overall deal with the former EVP, Content and Creative Strategy for Disney Channels Worldwide, who launched and built Disney’s preschool TV channel Disney Junior.

Under the pact, Kanter will develop and produce animated and live-action projects — both feature films and series — targeted at kids and families through her company Available Light Productions.

For Netflix, brining on board Kanter, one of the most respected executives in the kids and family space, is part of a big push in family entertainment as the streamer is taking on the leading SVOD player in the space, Disney+.

“We’re very fired up about catching them in family animation — maybe eventually passing them, we’ll see, a long way to go just to catch them — and maintaining our lead in general entertainment that’s so stimulating,” Netflix’s founder and co-ceo
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