Netflix has conjured a reality series created by and starring magician/comedian Justin Willman. “I’ve dreamt of having my own Netflix series since the early ’90s,” said Willman. “I’m hoping to make a mind-blowing magic show that also happens to be very funny.”
Netflix giveth, and Netflix taketh away. Girlboss, which premiered April 21, will not make it to a second season on the streaming service. The comedy from Denver & Delilah centers on a broke anarchist turned unlikely entrepreneur.
Millennial-focused, video-driven news and entertainment brand Circa and media brand What’s Trending have entered into a strategic partnership to create daily news and pop culture series Circa Pop Live with Shira Lazar. Programming is scheduled to begin this summer on Facebook Live and Circa.com. The companies will jointly create co-sales opportunities for brand integration to Circa’s social reach and an additional potential distribution with Sinclair Broadcast Group.
Mobile advertising is going gangbusters in China, leading global ad spending growth. According to mobile ad company Smaato, global mobile ad spend grew 14% in the first quarter of 2017 while the increase in China was a whopping 90%. That’s twice what Australia’s was (+37%), along with France (+23%) and Canada (+21+).
MoffettNathanson Research figures Hulu’s recently launched live package of linear TV networks could generate ad revenue of about $70 million annually and $568 million in subscriber fees if it can garner 1% of all 118 million U.S. TV homes. At the high end, 4% of homes (4.7 million subs) could yield $474 million in ad dollars and $2.27 billion in subscriber income.
Nearly half of online viewers watch something live-streamed once a week, according to Magid Advisors’ “The Annual State of Digital Video” study. Facebook Live is tops with 45% of market share, edging out YouTube Live with 44%. Instagram has 28% market share, Twitter 19% and Snapchat 17%.
Marshall, a movie about Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, hits theaters in October with Chadwick Boseman in the title role. Who is his female co-star? (Email [email protected] with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and state.)
Our Last Trivia Question: In May, Hellboy creator Mike Mignola said that a new Hellboy film will be in theaters by 2018. (Title: Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen.) According to Mignola, which Stranger Things actor is set to star in the film? Answer: David Harbour. Kudos to Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/CA, David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Federal Credit Union/CA, Lorrie Shilling/CA, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/CA.