Disney Streaming Services Gaining Ground On Netflix

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Disney said Thursday its streaming services flourished while its parks, travel and film businesses remained hobbled by the pandemic at the end of last year.

The entertainment colossus behind the Magic Kingdom and all its entertainment wonders saw subscriptions at its streaming services surge to more than 146 million subscribers, as people hunkering down due to the pandemic have turned to sources of online entertainment.

The audience growth for Disney+, Hulu, ESPN and India’s Hotstar comes as the parent company’s travel and amusement park business suffered, and shows the entertainment giant is gaining ground on leading streaming service Netflix’s 203 million subscribers.

“We’re confident that, with our robust pipeline of exceptional, high-quality content and the upcoming launch of our new Star-branded international general entertainment offering, we are well-positioned to achieve even greater success going forward,” Disney chief executive Bob Chapek said in an earnings release.

The growth of Disney’s streaming services, with the bulk of the audience made up of the 95 million subscribers who joined Disney+ since it launched about a year ago, trounced expectations.

Disney+ alone added 21.2 million paid subscribers in the final quarter of last year, according to the earnings report.

The entertainment giant is prioritizing exclusive programming, original shows and movies, as well as bundled streaming services to build on the momentum of its various offerings, which extend beyond Disney+ to include ESPN, Hulu and Hotstar.

Hit launches at Disney+ at the end of last year included an animated film “Soul” that combined comedy and drama with a message about finding the spark that gives life meaning.

The quarter also featured a new season of original Star Wars spin-off series “The Mandalorian.”

Disney has played to the strengths of its Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars teams, as well as its own studio content at the streaming service.

“Disney+ has been a massive success and is a testament to Disney’s brand equity and expertise in storytelling,” said eMarketer analyst Eric Haggstrom.

“This has been one of the most successful consumer product launches in recent memory.”

The analyst expected Disney streaming services to continue growing, and that its parks, television and movie businesses will recover quickly as Covid-19 vaccines are administered and pent-up demand is unleashed.

– Tending to talent –
The pandemic hit Disney’s parks and experiences unit hardest, with the company’s resorts closed or operating at reduced capacity and its cruise ships idle, according to executives.

Revenue in that unit plunged more than 50 percent, turning it from a big profit engine to a loss on the balance sheet.

Film and television production has also been disrupted by the pandemic, although much of it resumed in the recently ended quarter, the company reported.

Disney anticipated an additional billion dollars in costs this year associated with government regulations and safety measures for “employees, talent and guests” as a result of the health crisis.

The company also did not release any new films to theaters in the quarter, but stressed anew that it expected to return to debuting movies in cinemas.

Revenue in the quarter fell 22 percent to $16.25 billion but beat market expectations. Disney reported profit of $17 million compared with $2.1 billion in the same period a year earlier.

Disney shares were up three percent in after-market trades that followed release of the earnings figures.

Netflix’s ‘Mank’ Tops Globes Noms As Female Directors Break Through

(FILES) In this file photo illustration a computer screen and mobile phone display the Netflix logo on March 31, 2020 in Arlington, Virginia. – Bridgerton has become Netflix’s most popular new series, with more than 82 million households tuning in to watch the period drama, the streaming service has announced. (Photo by Olivier DOULIERY / AFP)



Netflix’s “Mank,” a black-and-white drama that dives into Hollywood’s Golden Age with the making of “Citizen Kane,” on Wednesday topped the nominations for the pandemic-delayed Golden Globes, as female directors finally broke through with multiple nods.

“Mank” earned six nominations, including best drama, followed by fellow Netflix movie “The Trial of the Chicago 7” on five, in an announcement that offered an important, early glimpse into the movies leading this year’s unique awards season.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which has only previously nominated five female film directors in its long history, gave Globes nods to three women in the category this year.

The unveiling of the nominations, remotely co-hosted by “Sex and the City” star Sarah Jessica Parker and Taraji P Henson, whittled down the list of films and stars headed for the Globes ceremony later this month — itself seen as a bellwether for the Oscars in April.

As expected, pandemic-related theater closures and blockbuster delays boosted smaller, stay-at-home movies from streamers this year, as Netflix thrashed the competition with a whopping 22 film nominations — up from an impressive 17 last year.

Rival Amazon Prime earned seven film nominations, including three apiece for civil rights-themed play adaptation “One Night in Miami” and “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.”

Sacha Baron Cohen starred in the sequel mockumentary about fictional Kazakh journalist Borat — which famously entrapped Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani — and earned a second acting nomination for his supporting work in “Chicago 7,” about the city’s 1968 anti-war riots.

“We’re so honoured — and just in case we don’t win any, I’ve already hired Rudy Giuliani to contest the results,” tweeted the British comedian.

– ‘5 Bloods’ snubbed –
A small batch of prestige titles from Tinseltown’s traditional major studios held their own, with Disney’s “Nomadland,” Sony’s “The Father” and Universal’s “Promising Young Woman” each earning four nods.

#MeToo revenge thriller “Promising Young Woman” in particular exceeded expectations, with recognition for best drama, director, screenplay and actress for Carey Mulligan.

Mulligan will compete with Viola Davis for 1920s blues drama “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” as well as Frances McDormand for “Nomadland,” which swept the prizes at the Venice and Toronto festivals and is the pick of many experts for overall best picture.

In the acting categories, late “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman was also nominated for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

But he missed out on a second posthumous nod for “Da 5 Bloods” — which failed to snare any nominations, despite the choice of director Spike Lee’s children as this year’s Globes ambassadors, and a widely praised lead performance by Delroy Lindo.

Instead the fiercely competitive best actor in a drama category will feature heavyweights such as Anthony Hopkins for “The Father,” adapted from a French play about dementia, and Gary Oldman for “Mank.”

Surprisingly, Meryl Streep missed out on a nomination for Netflix musical “The Prom,” which saw British talk show host James Corden honored instead.

– Female directors arrive –
Last year, the HFPA was slammed for its failure to nominate any female directors, but this time Chloe Zhao (“Nomadland”), Regina King (“One Night in Miami”) and Emerald Fennell (“Promising Young Woman”) all earned nods.

Only five women had been nominated for best director across 77 previous editions of the Globes, with Barbra Streisand still the only female winner for 1983’s “Yentl.” Zhao becomes the first Asian female recognized in the category.

Disney+’s “Hamilton,” created from multiple performances featuring the original Broadway cast, earned two nominations, including best musical or comedy film, and best actor for creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.

It is not allowed to compete at the Oscars, meaning the Globes represent the best chance for the Tony-winning musical about the US founding fathers to scoop up film accolades.

Foreign-language films, separated out into their own Globes pool, saw acclaimed Korean-American family drama “Minari” nominated as it bids to emulate last year’s all-conquering “Parasite.”

In the television categories, Netflix was again dominant, scoring 20 nominations. Closest rival HBO earned seven, plus a further two for its new streaming platform HBO Max with “The Flight Attendant.”

The latest season of British royal family drama “The Crown” had the most recognition with six nominations, ahead of recent Emmys smash hit “Schitt’s Creek” on five.

The 78th Golden Globes, voted on by the 90-odd members of the HFPA, will be broadcast on February 28. The season-crowning Oscars follow on April 25.

Bridgerton Sets New Netflix Record With 82 Million Viewers


Bridgerton has become Netflix’s most popular new series, with more than 82 million households tuning in to watch the period drama, the streaming service has announced.

The show reached number one in 83 countries including the United States, Britain, Brazil, France, India and South Africa, Netflix said in a statement Wednesday.

“I’m SO proud of the incredible team behind this show! And thank you guys for loving it,” 25-year-old actor, Phoebe Dynevor, who plays Daphne Bridgerton, wrote on Instagram.



Netflix said a record 82 million households watched the show in its first 28 days online, describing it as its “biggest series ever.”

The previous record was 76 million views over a four-week period for “The Witcher.”

The figures are not subject to third party verification, unlike audience measurements for broadcast television.

Bridgerton has made the top 10 in every country except Japan, the company added.

The drama, set in early 1800s London, centers on the well-to-do Bridgerton family as it tries to navigate Regency-era high society in England.



The show, with its outlandish costumes and racy sex scenes, has been lauded for casting Black actors in period drama roles that are traditionally played by white actors.

“It’s designed to be more lavish, sexier and funnier than the standard period drama — and that’s what so surprised and delighted our members,” said Netflix vice president of original series, Jinny Howe.



Bridgerton is produced by acclaimed American producer Shonda Rhimes and is based on a series of romance novels by Julia Quinn.

It has been commissioned for a second series.

French Series ‘Lupin’ Tops ‘Queen’s Gambit’ Views On Netflix

Omar Sy as Assane Diop in the Netflix series, “Lupin.” (Photo: Emmanuel Guimier)


The Netflix-produced series “Lupin” will have been watched in 70 million households within its first month, setting a record for a French TV show, the streaming platform forecast on Tuesday.

On the basis of current trends the series — starring Omar Sy of “Untouchable” fame — will have breezed past Netflix’s biggest recent blockbuster “The Queen’s Gambit” which has 62 million views and other English-language hits including “Bridgerton”.

The Netflix projection covers the 28 days to February 5, the company told AFP.


Omar Sy as Assane Diop in the Netflix series, “Lupin.”


“70 million, that’s crazy”, Omar Sy tweeted. “So proud that Lupin is the first French series to have such an international success.”

Only half of the first season’s 10 episodes have so far been available on Netflix.

They are top of the viewing charts in around 10 countries, including Brazil, Vietnam, Argentina and Spain.

The 1905 book on which the series is loosely based, “Arsene Lupin — Gentleman Burglar” by French novelist Maurice Leblanc — has shot to the top of book sales on Amazon.fr since the release of the TV show.

In the series, based in modern-day Paris, Sy plays Assane Diop who uses the gentleman thief and master of disguise as his inspiration in his quest to avenge his father for an injustice inflicted by a wealthy family.



The series, produced by Gaumont, was mostly written by Briton George Kay, whose past work includes “Killing Eve”, “Criminal” and “The Hour”.

It has a 7.4 out of 10 rating, according to a review compilation by the Internet Movie Database.

Japan Man Probed Over Insults Tied To Netflix Star’s Suicide

Hana Kimura, a Japanese pro wrestler and reality show star died at the age of 22.


Japanese police said Thursday they have referred a man to prosecutors over online abuse he directed at Hana Kimura, a reality television star who took her own life earlier this year.

Tokyo Metropolitan Police referred the suspect in his 20s to prosecutors for further investigation after the May death of Kimura, a cast member on Netflix’s internationally popular “Terrace House”.

The man has not been arrested and his identity will not be disclosed until prosecutors decide whether to indict him on charges of public insult, a police spokesman told AFP.

“The suspect… in May posted messages on a social media account of the victim, including ‘You have such an awful personality. Is your life worth living?’ and ‘Hey, hey. When will you die?'” the spokesman said.

He “posted these insults for many random individuals to view and therefore he publicly insulted” Kimura, the spokesman added.

Kimura, a confident pink-haired professional wrestler, was a fan favourite on “Terrace House”, in which six young people share a home while looking for love.

But she was targeted by a torrent of abuse online, reportedly including comments such as “everyone will be happy if you’re gone”.

The television show was cancelled after Kimura’s death, which also prompted Japanese ministers and lawmakers to do more to tackle cyberbullying.

Kimura’s suicide made international headlines and brought renewed social attention to the problem of cyberbullying in Japan and other countries.

In South Korea, for example, the deaths of K-pop stars have prompted calls for strong punishment for abusive online comments.

And a huge online campaign against cyberbullying, using the hashtag #BeKind, took off after the suicide in February of Caroline Flack, who hosted British reality show “Love Island”.

Kemi Adetiba’s ‘King of Boys 2’ A Netflix Original

Kemi Adetiba, Efa Iwara and Nse Ikpe-Etim on the set of King of Boys 2.


Kemi Adetiba has announced that her much-anticipated movie sequel, “King Of Boys 2” will be a Netflix original.

The first installment of King Of Boys got several nods with fans singing praises of Sola Sobowale’s performance in the motion picture. Even though the first was seen in the cinema before it could be streamed on Netflix, the second will go straight to the streaming giant.

Adetiba shared the detail on social media through an Instagram post. The award-winning filmmaker wrote: “We’re editing KOB 2 and trying to organize all assets in proper order etc, and it hit me… So that big, flashing, neon-red @netflix “N” is gonna come first… Then my production company’s logo (see above ☺️) and then a “NETFLIX presents…” right after.

MY film is gonna be a Netflix Original!! I don’t know about y’all but ain’t no posing in my book. I might be EXTREMELY scared, nervous, my anxiety is definitely through the roof, but believe me when I say, that I’m also SUPER STOKED about it.
Not bad for this Ekiti/Akwa-Ibom girl who many prolly thought wouldn’t amount to anything. Heck… Even “I” had very serious (and valid) doubts about myself at a time. But life is a journey. And as long as you have breath, you work hard, work smart, play fair (always), you got that killer drive, and are dogged about achieving your goals by any LEGAL (cos some of you…😒) means necessary… There’s always a chance you can drastically change your life story in a positively explosive way. I gotta tell y’all mine one day!!!

And I’m HERE!!! It’s not the end goal of course. Not by a long shot. But it’s a super amazing milestone that I’m both proud of, and grateful for.

But I don’t wanna be here alone… Let’s GOOOOOO!!! p.s. Don’t be scared of your dreams. I dream like a naive 16-year-old who life hasn’t shown yet 🤣

Like @jcolewrld said, “They say anything is possible. You gotta dream like you’ve never seen obstacles!”
I dream of the mighty things I want to do and achieve. And I don’t think a single one of them is stupid, unreasonable or far-fetched.

Your dreams are just God’s way of showing you the blue print of what you are capable of.
Have a happy, goal-achieving “hump day” today ❤️☺️😘 #NetflixShouldersLoading #HiDad 😜




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King Of Boys 2” written, produced, and directed by Kemi Adetiba, will include Sola Sobowale, Remilekun “Reminisce” Safaru, iLLBliss, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Nse Ikpe Etim, Efa Iwara, Toni Tones, Jide Kosoko, Osas Ighodaro and more.

The first installment of King Of Boys enjoyed enormous Box Office success and was a fan favourite which makes movie lovers in the Nollywood movie space expectant of what is to come in the sequel. The cast and crew wrapped shooting in November and the motion picture is now in the post-production stage.

Netflix Hit ‘The Crown’ Blasted For Anti-Charles Bias

(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 2, 1992 Britain’s Prince Charles (R) and Diana, Princess of Wales, stand in silence before the monument of the unknown Soldiers at the National Cemetery in the South of Seoul.

The fourth season of Netflix hit “The Crown” has stirred controversy in Britain, where its treatment of the heir to the throne, Prince Charles, has been criticised for taking too much artistic licence.

The series about the long reign of Queen Elizabeth II has turned its focus in recent episodes to the doomed marriage between Charles and his first wife, the late Princess Diana.

In the most recent season, British actress Emma Corrin portrays the princess from her first meeting with Charles as the young Lady Diana Spencer in 1977.


The series about the long reign of Queen Elizabeth II has turned its focus in recent episodes to the doomed marriage between Charles and his first wife, the late Princess Diana.


As the show develops, she is forced to contend with an increasingly unhappy marriage and her husband’s infidelity with his now wife Camilla Parker-Bowles.

But despite the series’ huge popularity, show creator Peter Morgan has been accused of inventing storylines without warning viewers that they are in fact fiction.

This facet of “The Crown” has left viewers furiously fact-checking after watching.

And while writers of drama depicting real events routinely imagine scenes that could have taken place, for many critics, Morgan has gone too far.

‘They were both victims’

Royal author Penny Junor told AFP the way the series shows Charles continuing his relationship with Parker-Bowles throughout his marriage was simply not true.

In fact, “they did not see one another for five years”, said Junor, who has written a biography of Charles.

The show “makes Diana out to be a victim and Charles a villain” whereas “the truth is they were both victims”, she said, adding that it was also untrue that Diana’s bulimia coincided with the start of her relationship with Charles.


Emma Corrin and Josh O’Connor who played Britain’s Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales in Netflix’s The Crown


‘Hatchet job’

Former Buckingham Palace press secretary Dickie Arbiter has described the show as a “hatchet job” against Charles.

Royal biographer Hugo Vickers, meanwhile, has called it “totally one-sided” in its depiction of Charles and Diana and has also taken issue with its portrayal of the queen’s husband Prince Philip.

In one scene from the latest season, Philip tells Diana that if she breaks away from the royal family it won’t end well.

“I hope that isn’t a threat, Sir,” she replies.

The scene, according to Vickers, “supports the scarcely credible rumours, still fuelled by the internet, that Diana’s fatal car crash in a tunnel in Paris in 1997 was a murderous ‘hit'”.

Other episodes have seen Philip refusing to kneel at the queen’s coronation, depicted as a philanderer and being accused by his own father of being responsible for the death of his sister Cecile in a plane crash.

The storylines were described by Vickers, writing in the Daily Mail, as “as wrong, wrong, and monstrously wrong”.

Drama not history

Historian and author Ioanis Deroide, however, said that he sees the show’s portrayal of the relationship between Charles and Diana as “reasonable”.

Deroide said the public response was due to the “emotional charge” that still surrounds events in the series — and with memories still fresh of Diana’s ultimate demise.

Junor said she regretted the “damaging” storyline about Camilla and Charles, who has spent his life waiting to succeed his mother.

The couple have been largely rehabilitated in the public eye since their relatively low-key wedding in 2005.

“There are many people in Britain and across the world who will regard ‘The Crown’ as an accurate historical record… It is not history. It’s drama,” Junor added.

Disclaimer calls 

The Mail on Sunday newspaper has called on Netflix to make it clear “The Crown” is a work of fiction.

The article received support from Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden who said he feared “a generation of viewers who did not live through these events may mistake fiction for fact”.

Oscar-nominated actress Helena Bonham Carter, who plays the queen’s late sister Princess Margaret, has also said the show has a “moral responsibility” to tell viewers it is a drama, not historical fact.

For Deroide, however, despite the “impressive mimicry”, there is no way of mistaking the series and its star-studded cast, for a documentary.

“The Crown is just one element among many that will allow the British to make up their own minds about the royal family,” he said.

“I don’t think it alone can make Charles look like a nice guy or the other way around.”

Queen’s Gambit Accepted: Hit Show Sparks Chess Frenzy


Hit miniseries “The Queen’s Gambit” has led to a surge of interest in chess, with one popular website registering millions of new players and academies reporting unprecedented demand. 

Netflix said the show, which follows the turbulent career of a fictional female child prodigy in the 1950s and 1960s, has become its most-watched ever and is currently the number-one ranked programme in 63 countries.

Gaming site Chess.com said the series had prompted a wave of interest — already piqued by the pandemic and top-flight chess players appearing on the Twitch gaming platform — with new daily registrations up 400 percent.

“Since the release of ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ we have seen roughly 2.5 million new members join,” the website’s Nick Barton told AFP.

“Nearly each day of November we’ve set a new company record for the most members joining.”

Worldwide, Google reported searches for “chess” are at their highest level in 14 years.

It is just the latest burst of popularity for a game that is believed to have originated in India in the seventh century and was played — and occasionally banned — by medieval European kings, before becoming more established in the late 1800s.

In modern times, chess had a resurgence during the Cold War.

That period forms the backdrop for “The Queen’s Gambit”, and the story of a youthful American taking on a wily Soviet grandmaster is inspiring another generation of players.

“There has been a massive surge in adults interested,” according to chess master and Sydney Academy of Chess director Brett Tindall, who called it “unprecedented”.

Tindall told AFP he has fielded calls from 40-50 adults looking for lessons in the last few weeks, and when carrying academy-branded kit he reports being stopped in the street and asked his opinion about the series.



– More women playing –
On school visits, normally ambivalent teachers have gone out of their way to approach him, and some students are tuning in too — even though the series features heavy alcohol and drug abuse.

“I was at a school this morning, and few kids were talking about it, and I was like: ‘guys, I don’t think you’re really meant to be watching this show’,” he said.

Chess.com’s Barton said the show’s focus on female lead Beth Harmon — played by Anya Taylor-Joy — had prompted more women to register than usual.

They were now also spending more time on the site than men.

“These shows really help to increase the curiosity value and newcomers are attracted to the game,” Vijay Deshpande, secretary of the All India Chess Federation, told AFP.

“We have a lot of good chess players in the country and the number has grown during the lockdown. Young people are hooked to technology and they were attracted to online chess.”

Grandmaster and former US champion Jennifer Shahade has said she “loved” the show and had been inundated with people asking her for lessons or tips.

“I’m honestly just blown away by all the positive attention chess is getting right now. People get us in a way they haven’t before,” she said on a recent podcast.

“Chess is something people need right now — the introspection, the delightful escape into a smaller world of 64 squares,” she said.

According to Tindall, the interest goes beyond just the game.

The series’ opulent settings, Cold War kitsch and period chess equipment seem to have captured people’s imagination.

“We sell lots of different types of (chess) clocks. I have a lot of older style clocks and recently people want to get the clocks from the show… I’m not joking,” said Tindall.

“A while ago, we were just trying to clear them out. They aren’t really used in competitions any more. We use digital ones.”

Most chess commentators have given the show high marks for authenticity — perhaps unsurprising, given Russian grandmaster Garry Kasparov and US chess author Bruce Pandolfini were consultants.

“It’s the best thing I’ve seen about chess,” said French grandmaster Anthony Wirig during an online event about the show.

The “Queen’s Gambit” of the title refers to a popular opening that offers a white pawn as a barbed lure to black, which can accept or decline.

Australian grandmaster Ian Rogers said the lead character Beth Harmon resembles US prodigy Bobby Fischer, who also faced a formidable Soviet opponent.

Fischer’s politically tinged matches against the USSR’s Boris Spassky were watched on television by millions.

“However Harmon’s struggles with pills and alcohol are all her own,” Rogers told the Sydney Morning Herald.

“Nowadays Harmon would be banned by WADA’s drug testers long before she reached the top.”

Netflix Partners With Institute To Train Nigerian Writers

Brussels, Belgium | AFP | Friday 3/20/2020 - 02:20 UTC+1 | 239 words Netflix will reduce the quality of its streaming in Europe to ease pressure on the internet, the firm said, as demand soars across the continent where millions are confined to their homes over coronavirus fears. The streaming giant will "begin reducing bit rates across all our streams in Europe for 30 days," a spokesperson said in a statement. "We estimate that this will reduce Netflix traffic on European networks by around 25 percent while also ensuring a good quality service for our members," the statement added. With wide-ranging lockdowns and quarantines, schools, shops and borders closed and gatherings banned, people across Europe are increasingly turning to the internet to stave off boredom. But the huge file sizes of high definition offerings from web giants like Netflix, Disney Plus, Hulu, HBO and Amazon are slowing the web, Thierry Breton, the EU commissioner for the internal market and digital economy warned. "Teleworking and streaming help a lot but infrastructures might be in strain," he said in a tweet Thursday, calling for online platforms to switch to streaming in standard definition instead of HD. Gamers breathed a sigh of relief on Wednesday after the end of an hours-long network outage that affected Nintendo's online games and prompted despair from users. "Only a few days into the coronavirus self-isolation and Nintendo servers are already down... oh dear god," tweeted one.
FILES) In this file photo taken on June 28, 2019 the Netflix logo is seen on the backdrop of Netflix’s “Stranger Things 3” premiere at Santa Monica high school Barnum Hall in Santa Monica, California.  Chris Delmas / AFP


Global streaming service Netflix and Realness Institute on Tuesday announced a partnership to create an Episodic Content Development Lab for writers in South Africa, Kenya, and Nigeria.

Through the partnership, Realness Institute emphasizes its commitment to foster a new wave of storytelling, while Netflix also brings its expertise in episodic content development, production and insight into global content trends, a press release said.

“At Netflix, we believe that great stories come from anywhere and be loved everywhere,” says Dorothy Ghettuba, who leads African Original Series in Africa.

“We strongly believe that Africa has a wealth of untold stories. As we grow our slate of Originals in Africa, partnerships with organisations like Realness will help us achieve our goal of investing in writers who will bring diverse genres of authentic, local stories that cater for every mood and will ensure our members see their lives reflected on screen.”

Submissions into The Writer’s Lab goes live at the end of November 2020 on realness.institute/episodic-lab,and is open to writers with Film and TV experience in any genre (fictional or factual) or language.

The Lab will select six writers to work on their projects to be developed and commissioned by Netflix. The selected writers will be paid a stipend of 2000 USD per month to participate and are expected to be available full time for a period of 3 months, from June to September 2021.

Since Realness Institute’s inception in 2015, the Institute has delivered 5 editions of its Screenwriters’ Residency.

Recently, it held its first Development Executive Traineeship and Creative Producer Indaba, in which the artistic director of the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF), Chioma Onyenwe was a participant. The Institute will also expand its offering next year to the episodic content space, thereby promoting its mission to empower African storytellers and improve the film industry.

“We had fun shaping the program with the Netflix team. We all share a love for storytelling, and Netflix’s writer-centric approach is very much in line with our ethos,” says co-founder and creative director of Realness Institute, Elias Ribeiro.

Camera Assistant On Kunle Afolayan’s ‘Citation’ Joins US Army


Just days after the release of the critically acclaimed Kunle Afolayan film, Citation, producers of the film have announced that one of the main camera assistants, Yinka Adewale, has now joined the United States army.

Adewale had bagged a masters’ degree in film and media production from the New York Film Academy before she began her journey on the set of citation earlier in the year.


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According to the production company, her diligence and dedication could be spotted from a mile away and although she is now making a big career switch, she would always remain a big part of the family.

Meanwhile, as of Monday, Citation which explores the topical sex-for-grades issue in Nigerian higher institutions has now been ranked as one of the top 10 most popular movies on Netflix across the world.

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Emmy Nominees In Key Categories

file photo shows the Emmy Statue in front of the Television Academy during the 68th Los Angeles Emmy Awards in North Hollywood, California. 
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Here is a list of the nominees in key categories for the 72nd Emmy Awards, which will be handed out in Los Angeles on Sunday.

HBO’s “Watchmen” — which is competing in the limited series categories — leads the way with 26 nominations.

Amazon hit comedy “The Marvelous Mrs Maisel” has 20 nominations.

On the drama side, dark crime thriller “Ozark” and family drama “Succession” earned 18 nominations each.



“Better Call Saul”

“The Crown”

“The Handmaid’s Tale”

“Killing Eve”

“The Mandalorian”


“Stranger Things”




“Curb Your Enthusiasm”

“Dead to Me”

“The Good Place”


“The Kominsky Method”

“The Marvelous Mrs Maisel”

“Schitt’s Creek”

“What We Do In The Shadows”



Jason Bateman, “Ozark”

Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us”

Steve Carell, “The Morning Show”

Brian Cox, “Succession”

Billy Porter, “Pose”

Jeremy Strong, “Succession”



Jennifer Aniston, “The Morning Show”

Olivia Colman, “The Crown”

Jodie Comer, “Killing Eve”

Laura Linney, “Ozark”

Sandra Oh, “Killing Eve”

Zendaya, “Euphoria”



Anthony Anderson, “Black-ish”

Don Cheadle, “Black Monday”

Ted Danson, “The Good Place”

Michael Douglas, “The Kominsky Method”

Eugene Levy, “Schitt’s Creek”

Ramy Youssef, “Ramy”



Christina Applegate, “Dead to Me”

Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs Maisel”

Linda Cardellini, “Dead to Me”

Catherine O’Hara, “Schitt’s Creek”

Issa Rae, “Insecure”

Tracee Ellis Ross, “Black-ish”



Nicholas Braun, “Succession”

Billy Crudup, “The Morning Show”

Kieran Culkin, “Succession”

Mark Duplass, “The Morning Show”

Giancarlo Esposito, “Better Call Saul”

Matthew Macfadyen, “Succession”

Bradley Whitford, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Jeffrey Wright, “Westworld”



Helena Bonham Carter, “The Crown”

Laura Dern, “Big Little Lies”

Julia Garner, “Ozark”

Thandie Newton, “Westworld”

Fiona Shaw, “Killing Eve”

Sarah Snook, “Succession”

Meryl Streep, “Big Little Lies”

Samira Wiley, “The Handmaid’s Tale”



Mahershala Ali, “Ramy”

Alan Arkin, “The Kominsky Method”

Andre Braugher, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”

Sterling K Brown, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

William Jackson Harper, “The Good Place”

Daniel Levy, “Schitt’s Creek”

Tony Shalhoub, “The Marvelous Mrs Maisel”

Kenan Thompson, “Saturday Night Live”



Alex Borstein, “The Marvelous Mrs Maisel”

D’Arcy Carden, “The Good Place”

Betty Gilpin, “GLOW”

Marin Hinkle, “The Marvelous Mrs Maisel”

Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live”

Annie Murphy, “Schitt’s Creek”

Yvonne Orji, “Insecure”

Cecily Strong, “Saturday Night Live”



“Little Fires Everywhere”

“Mrs America”






“American Son”

“Bad Education”

“Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings: These Old Bones”

“El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie”

“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs the Reverend”



Jeremy Irons, “Watchmen”

Hugh Jackman, “Bad Education”

Paul Mescal, “Normal People”

Jeremy Pope, “Hollywood”

Mark Ruffalo, “I Know This Much Is True”



Cate Blanchett, “Mrs America”

Shira Haas, “Unorthodox”

Regina King, “Watchmen”

Octavia Spencer, “Self Made”

Kerry Washington, “Little Fires Everywhere”


Programs with most overall nominations:

“Watchmen” – 26

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” – 20

“Succession” – 18

“Ozark” – 18

“The Mandalorian” – 15

“Schitt’s Creek” – 15

“Saturday Night Live” – 15

“The Crown” – 13


Top five platforms with most overall nominations:

Netflix: 160

HBO: 107

NBC: 47

ABC: 36

FX: 33

The Rock Tops Hollywood Pay List As Netflix Splurges On A-Listers

The former professional wrestler banked $87.5 million in the year ending June 2020, according to Forbes’ annual ranking. (Photo by Frazer Harrison / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has been named Hollywood’s top-paid actor for a second year running, heading a list dominated by lucrative Netflix contracts.

The former professional wrestler banked $87.5 million in the year ending June 2020, according to Forbes’ annual ranking.

That figure — slightly down from last year’s $89.4 million haul, but comfortably ahead of second-placed Ryan Reynolds ($71.5 million) — was boosted by Johnson’s $23.5 million fee for upcoming Netflix action flick “Red Notice,” as well as endorsements.

Netflix shelled out more than a quarter of all the paychecks collected by this year’s top 10.

Others benefiting from the streaming giant’s $140 million A-lister splurge included Reynolds (“Six Underground” and “Red Notice”), third-placed Mark Wahlberg (“Spenser Confidential”) and fourth-placed Ben Affleck (“The Last Thing He Wanted.”)

“Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda made his debut on the list after Disney paid $75 million for the movie rights to the smash hit Broadway production, which soared on Disney+ streaming last month.

Perennials such as Bollywood megastar Akshay Kumar and martial arts legend Jackie Chan returned to the top 10, as did Will Smith and Adam Sandler.

Largely absent this year were the cast of Marvel’s “Avengers” films — who dominated last year — with the record-breaking franchise taking an extended break from the big screen.

But Vin Diesel, lynchpin of the ever-popular “Fast & Furious” franchise, returned at number five with $54 million.

The ranking does not include actresses, who will be featured in a separate list next month.

The top 10:

1. Dwayne Johnson ($87.5 million)

2. Ryan Reynolds ($71.5 million)

3. Mark Wahlberg ($58 million)

4. Ben Affleck ($55 million)

5. Vin Diesel ($54 million)

6. Akshay Kumar ($48.5 million)

7. Lin-Manuel Miranda ($45.5 million)

8. Will Smith ($44.5 million)

9. Adam Sandler ($41 million)

10. Jackie Chan ($40 million)