#TCA15: Netflix is the Happiest Place on Earth

Chelsea Does

Netflix Kimmy Schmidt

A reporter today at the TCA Press Tour mentioned that Netflix seems like the “happiest place on Earth” for someone to work in the entertainment business.

Ratings? Netflix don’t need no stinking ratings! They don’t care, and they’re certainly not giving any kind of ratings/audience numbers to the press.

Netflix can defy the TV space/time continuum! You don’t have to edit shows to fit a certain length. You’re not beholden to timeslots or seasons, or commercial breaks or live sports events preempting your shows. If someone wants to watch every episode of a show in a single sitting, they can do that.

You don’t have to worry about Standards and Practices censoring your content or advertisers demanding this or that, or trying to make a show that appeals to demographics A,B, C and D.

But Netflix is doing something right. They’re revolutionizing how TV content is produced and how it’s consumed. Netflix brought an end to the video store and it could very well hasten the demise of the pay-TV bundle.

Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer for Netflix, says the streaming service “includes 16 scripted dramas and comedies, nine original documentary features, three documentary series, 12 original standup comedy specials, 17 original series for kids. In total we’ll be releasing about 475 hours of original programming in the U.S. this year.”

Among the Netflix announcements and premiere dates:
Sept 10: Longmire Season 4 series picked up from A&E
Sept. 18: Keith Richards: Under the Influence documentary
Aug. 28: Narcos 

Nov. 6: Aziz Ansari in Master of None
2016: Chelsea Handler in Chelsea Does

Some more photos and highlights from Netflix day:

Aziz Ansari Master of None

Chelsea Does

Orange Is the New Black


All photos: Credit: Eric Charbonneau/Netflix



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