Hi all! Here’s your first news update for Thursday, November 13, 2014:
Netflix Orders Stephen Daldry, Peter Morgan’s Royal Drama ‘The Crown’
Netflix announced that it has handed out a 10-episode series commitment to The Crown, from Peter Morgan and Stephen Daldry and inspired by the play The Audience. The play, which bowed in 2013, centers on the weekly audiences given by Queen Elizabeth II to prime ministers that date back from her accession in 1952 to the present day. The Crown tells the inside story of two of the most famous addresses in the world — Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street — as well as the intrigues, love lives and machinations behind the great events that shaped the second half of the 20th century.
(review) THR: ‘The Missing’
Riveting, haunting limited series about a missing boy scores for Starz and is one of the better stories since ‘Broadchurch’
Kathryn Hahn Sets Return to Showtime’s ‘Happyish’
She co-starred opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman in the original series. Kathryn Hahn will return as the female lead opposite Steve Coogan in the premium cable network’s Happyish.
One Direction Announces First-Ever TV Special for the Holidays
The band will take over NBC on Dec. 23.
CNN Renews Anthony Bourdain, Mike Rowe, Lisa Ling Series
CNN is going full-steam ahead in its effort to broaden its primetime programming with docu-series, handing renewals to “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” and shows hosted by Lisa Ling and Mike Rowe.
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Sony Launching Web TV Service Playstation Vue Available Through Consoles
Sony revealed on Thursday that it will be launching a new cloud-based television service through its PlayStation 3 and 4 gaming consoles. Dubbed PlayStation Vue, the new venture is designed to compete with existing cable and satellite providers. The company has deals in place with major providers like CBS Corp., Fox, Discovery, NBCUniversal, Scripps Network and Viacom and will launch a soft beta shortly. PlayStation Vue will launch with 75 networks and offer live TV, as well as on-demand content. Planned features also include the ability to check out the past three days of broadcasting without setting up timers to record. Details like pricing and the status of possible additional deals — such as Disney and Time Warner — were not yet made available by Sony, though they did emphasize that there would be no monthly contracts or extra hardware necessary.
Which Superhero Earns $1.3 Billion a Year?
Licensing revenue generates tens of billions of dollars for Hollywood companies. In May, License Global placed Disney first among licensors with sales of about $41 billion in 2013; Warners was seventh with $6 billion. Both have strong properties: The Licensing Letter listed Marvel’s Spider-Man global retail sales at $1.3 billion and Avengers at $325 million in 2013, compared with DC’s Batman at $494 million and Superman at $277 million.
Casey Wilson, David Caspe Expecting First Child
Casey Wilson and David Caspe are expecting their first child together, Us Weekly reports.
George Cheeks Named Head Of NBC Late Night
George Cheeks has just been named head of late night television at NBC. He’s adding late night to his existing portfolio. Cheeks, who spends about half his time in New York, will work with Paul Telegdy on late night. Cheeks’ new title will be EVP of Business Operations and Late Night NBC Entertainment.
Buzzfeed: The Cult of Connie Britton
But loving the Connie Britton of today is tantamount to ignoring much of what Hollywood has tried to impute as ideal. She’s still thin, white, beautiful, and straight, but she’s the thing that the vast majority of mainstream media pretends doesn’t exist: a woman over 40. More specifically, a woman over 40 whose image combines the sexual and the maternal, the ambitious and the empathetic. “She makes getting older seem incredibly appealing — not just because she looks stunning, but it’s the sense of presence and surety she projects.”
FastCo: 4 Storytelling Tips From The Co-Creator Of Blockbuster Mystery Podcast "Serial"
Julie Snyder is the senior producer and co-creator of the Serial podcast, which spun off of This American Life and quickly developed a devoted following. Here, Snyder offers some guidelines for telling a story the Serial way. While the subject of Serialis indeed a juicy whodunit, there’s no mystery about just why people are mainlining episodes with such rabid intensity: this is seriously compelling storytelling.
Great news: lots of Americans just quit their jobs
Today there’s yet another encouraging sign that the job market is healing: lots of people are writing resignation letters. 2.8 million Americans quit their jobs in September — that’s 300,000 more than in August and the highest number since April 2008. This is great news because the quits rate is generally taken as a sign of how current workers feel the job market is — if they feel they can easily find a job elsewhere, they are more likely to leave their current work.