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.

 

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES

“Better Call Saul”

“The Crown”

“The Handmaid’s Tale”

“Killing Eve”

“The Mandalorian”

“Ozark”

“Stranger Things”

“Succession”

 

OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES

“Curb Your Enthusiasm”

“Dead to Me”

“The Good Place”

“Insecure”

“The Kominsky Method”

“The Marvelous Mrs Maisel”

“Schitt’s Creek”

“What We Do In The Shadows”

 

LEAD ACTOR, DRAMA

Jason Bateman, “Ozark”

Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us”

Steve Carell, “The Morning Show”

Brian Cox, “Succession”

Billy Porter, “Pose”

Jeremy Strong, “Succession”

 

LEAD ACTRESS, DRAMA

Jennifer Aniston, “The Morning Show”

Olivia Colman, “The Crown”

Jodie Comer, “Killing Eve”

Laura Linney, “Ozark”

Sandra Oh, “Killing Eve”

Zendaya, “Euphoria”

 

LEAD ACTOR, COMEDY

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”

 

LEAD ACTRESS, COMEDY

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”

 

SUPPORTING ACTOR, DRAMA

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”

 

SUPPORTING ACTRESS, DRAMA

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”

 

SUPPORTING ACTOR, COMEDY

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”

 

SUPPORTING ACTRESS, COMEDY

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”

 

OUTSTANDING LIMITED SERIES

“Little Fires Everywhere”

“Mrs America”

“Unbelievable”

“Unorthodox”

“Watchmen”

 

OUTSTANDING TELEVISION MOVIE

“American Son”

“Bad Education”

“Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings: These Old Bones”

“El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie”

“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs the Reverend”

 

LEAD ACTOR, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE

Jeremy Irons, “Watchmen”

Hugh Jackman, “Bad Education”

Paul Mescal, “Normal People”

Jeremy Pope, “Hollywood”

Mark Ruffalo, “I Know This Much Is True”

 

LEAD ACTRESS, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE

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)

Netflix Sends Gifts To Ikorodu Bois

A combination of screenshots created on June 25 from the Ikorodu Bois remake of Netflix's Extraction film trailer.
A combination of screenshots created on June 25 from the Ikorodu Bois remake of Netflix’s Extraction film trailer.

 

The online movie streaming giant, Netflix, has delivered tech gadgets to Nigeria’s internet sensation, Ikorodu Bois.

The kids, who are famous for remaking movie clips and music videos, shared the news on Twitter. 

The Twitter post showed the boys ecstatically showing off their presents which, at a glance, had the likes of a Voice Recorder, Camera, Boom Microphone, Tripods, iMac computer, and other tech accessories to help with future production. 

Towards the end of June 2020, the boys, made up of four filmmakers – a team of brothers and cousins, Babatunde, 23, Muiz, 15, Fawas, 13 and Malik, 10, got international attention when they remade a trailer of Chris Hemsworth’s movie, Extraction.

Extraction, an action film starring ‘Thor’ star, Chris Hemsworth has become one of the most-watched movies on Netflix.  

It was directed by Sam Hargrave and written by the trio of Ande Parks, Anthony Russo, and Joe Russo. 

The Ikorodu Bois creatively made use of props and sets that are not so complicated to fabricate as they used easily accessible stuff craftily to recreate the popular film’s multi-million-dollar teaser with little or next to no budget and posted it on Twitter and Instagram.  

In the film’s original trailer, for instance, a scene of Chris Hemsworth jumping off a high cliff into a river is recreated by simply dropping a stone into a basin of water.  

The scene where he sits in the water in a yoga position, as if in meditation; the boys remade it to show an actor sitting in a meditative position in what looks like a freshly dug gutter. 

Where Hargrave’s film used sports cars for fast-paced chase sequences, the Ikorodu Bois, instead, made do with a wheelbarrow. 

In an interview with Hollywood Insider, the Russo Brothers spoke about what they loved about the recreation of the Extraction trailer by the Ikorodu Bois

“These are the future storytellers. They are us when we were kids, with dreams of making movies and telling stories to the world. They are so talented, clever, and driven. They have all the key elements to live out their dreams one day.”

Netflix Shares Dive On Profit Miss Despite User Growth

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)

 

Netflix shares dived on Thursday after the leading streaming entertainment service reported relatively flat quarterly profits despite rising subscriber numbers.

Netflix reported a profit of $720 million on revenue of $6.1 billion in the recently ended quarter, compared with $709 million profit on $5.8 billion in revenue during the first three months of the year.

Wall Street analysts had expected stronger profit, especially as people who are hunkered down at home due to the coronavirus pandemic turn to the service for entertainment.

Ranks of paid memberships grew by 10.1 million to about 193 million total, but Netflix warned growth could cool since sheltering-in-place likely meant people rushed to join in the early months of the pandemic as lockdowns began, instead of spreading out over the year.

Shares quickly dove more than 10 percent in after-market trades that followed release of the earnings figures but regained a bit of the loss.

Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives described the share stumble as a “near-term speed bump” due to overly exuberant expectations.

“Streaming growth is seeing a bonanza in this COVID environment,” Ives said.

Pandemic-related restrictions have sped up a lifestyle shift from traditional television to streaming shows online, according to eMarketer forecasting analyst Eric Haggstrom.

“Looking forward, even as lockdowns are relaxed and new competitors begin to scale their services, Netflix will extend its lead as the first stop for entertainment,” Haggstrom predicted.

Netflix said in a letter to shareholders that while its slate of original shows for this year is on track, it is focused on safely getting production back up and running.

“As the world slowly re-opens, our main business priority is to restart our productions safely and in a manner consistent with local health and safety standards to ensure that our members can enjoy a diverse range of high quality new content,” executives said in the letter.

“There is no one-size-fits-all approach, and we’re adapting to local circumstances. Today, we’re slowly resuming productions in many parts of the world.”

– Two chiefs –
Netflix is facing increased competition from tech giants such as Apple and Amazon, along with entertainment titans including Disney, NBCUniversal and WarnerMedia.

Social media is also a threat. “TikTok’s growth is astounding, showing the fluidity of internet entertainment,” Netflix said in the letter.

“Instead of worrying about all these competitors, we continue to stick to our strategy of trying to improve our service and content every quarter faster than our peers.”

Netflix also announced some executive changes as part of a long-term succession plan.

Chief content officer Ted Sarandos was appointed a co-chief executive and elected to a seat on the Netflix board, while Greg Peters will be chief operating officer as well as chief product officer.

“In terms of the day-to-day running of Netflix, I do not expect much to change,” chief executive Reed Hastings said in a release detailing the executive changes.

“So think of Ted’s well deserved promotion formalizing how we already run the business today.”

Hastings added that while the moves were part of a “long process of succession planning,” he is committed to Netflix for the long term.

“To be totally clear, I’m in for a decade. As co-CEOs it is two of us full time; it is not a part-time deal,” Hastings said during an earnings presentation.

Peters said in a video interview Thursday he foresees future growth coming from outside the United States.

“Think of more and more employees outside the United States, more productions, more operations happening outside the US and hopefully many, many more members outside the US,” he said.

Netflix has invested billions of dollars in original content, as has streaming television rival Amazon, to win and keep subscribers in the increasingly competitive online entertainment market.

The service has found success with series such as “Umbrella Academy” as well as game shows such as “Too Hot To Handle,” along with its own films and reality television.

“We want to have so many hits that you just come to Netflix and go hit-to-hit and never have to think of those other services,” Hastings said.

Ikorodu Bois Head To Hollywood After Remake Of ‘Extraction’ Trailer

A combination of screenshots created on June 25 from the Ikorodu Bois remake of Netflix's Extraction film trailer.
A combination of screenshots created on June 25 from the Ikorodu Bois remake of Netflix’s Extraction film trailer.

 

The Russo Brothers, co-producers of American action-thriller film, Extraction, have invited amateur video producers, Ikorodu Bois, to the premiere of the film’s sequel.

Ikorodu Bois are famous on social media for their stunningly creative remakes of high-quality movie trailers and video production.

The group re-enacted Extraction‘s trailer and published on Wednesday, racking up over four million views in under 24 hours on Twitter and capturing the attention of the Russo Brothers and star actor, Chris Hemsworth.

 

“This is awesome! We would love to have you guys at the #Extraction 2 premiere…DM us and we’ll get you there!” the Russo Brothers said after watching the remake.

 

This is not the first time the group is attracting attention from outside the country. After a remake of the trailer for Money Heist, a Netflix production, one of the film’s star actors, Alvaro Morte, tweeted “what an amazing job.”

The group has also attracted praise from American actress Taraji Henson.

 

Netflix Partners Mo Abudu’s EbonyLife Studios To Adapt Two Nigerian Literary Classics

Ebony Studios To Produce Shoneyin, Soyinka’s Literary Work For Netflix

 

Mo Abudu’s EbonyLife Media has penned a contract with the streaming giant, Netflix, to make film adaptations of two Nigerian literary classics.

The two classics are Lola Shoneyin’s acclaimed novel The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives and Wole Soyinka’s Death And The King’s Horseman.

Netflix Naija made the announcement in a thread on Twitter, Friday.

“Netflix has partnered with acclaimed producer @MoAbudu to bring you two of Nigeria’s most beloved literary classics to screens around the world!” part of the tweet read.

Netflix in a statement said that they “ . . . believe that more people deserve to see their lives reflected on screen and for that to happen, we need to make sure there’s a wide variety of content that caters to our members’ diverse tastes.”

Ebony Life Studios has produced box office hits like Fifty, Isoken, and Wedding Party.

Dorothy Ghettuba, Netflix lead for Original Series in Africa commended Abudu’s work saying, “Mo is at the forefront of creative storytelling in African television. Her passion for creating high-quality, riveting multi-genre films and TV shows that capture the imagination while showcasing the diversity and richness of Nigerian culture is evident in her impressive body of work.”

Reacting to the adaptation of her book, which the video streaming platform said will be first produced, Lola Shoneyin said, “I was thrilled when Mo contacted me about making a show out of my novel The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives. I’d turned down so many offers but this one felt right.”

Shoneyin said it is an opportunity to see her work in the hands of “a woman who pursued excellence” in Africa in the same way she did.

“I grew to trust her very quickly, so when she told me about the possibility of working with Netflix, I was overjoyed,” she added. “Soon, people everywhere will have access to the story of Baba Segi. And that is more than I could have asked for as a writer.”

Abudu tweeted that she was thrilled that five years after she requested and acquired the rights for Wole Soyinka’s play, she gets to produce it as a feature film.

 

In his reaction, Wole Soyinka said he is delighted to see the robust challenges offered by the female gender in a male-dominated creative industry.

“Mo Abudu’s incursion into this arena as film and television producer has been especially stimulating. It becomes part of one’s sense of achievement if one has contributed, however minutely, to the creation of an enabling environment,” he said.

 

Coronavirus: Netflix To Reduce Streaming Quality In Europe To Avoid Overload

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

 

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.

 

AFP