More People Subscribe to Broadband than to Cable TV

The future is now. Or to put it another way, cable TV is officially dying. We’re getting our entertainment via broadband now, kids, making TV in general sooo obsolete:

cable-installby David Lieberman

The trend lines have been headed toward each other for years and finally crossed in Q2: Cable companies had 49.915M broadband subs and 49.910M video ones at the end of June, Leichtman Research Group President Bruce Leichtman reports this morning. “With the addition of more than 30M broadband subscribers over the past decade, cable providers have clearly expanded well beyond their roots in cable TV service,” he says. The latest tally reflects cable’s loss of 509,954 video subs in the quarter that ended in June.

Cord cutting? Not entirely. Many likely switched to AT&T’s U-verse or Verizon FiOS, which together added 290,000 video customers. Satellite providers DirecTV and Dish Network each lost customers, totaling 78,000. Adjusting for household growth “it appears that cord cutting slowed to an annualized rate of less than 400K homes, a meaningful deceleration and well below the peak (but still modest) rates of cord cutting seen in 2012,” Moffett Nathanson Research’s Crag Moffett noted last week.

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Controversy Sells, Dammit!

…So stop wussing out. It’s the 21st Century, gang. We’re living in the future. If you want to make a name – and better yet, a place – for yourself in the Industry, forget all the status quo stuff. Be bold.

Write from your hearts. Declare your point of view. Just like Aaron McGruder, creator of BOONDOCKS and the new BLACK JESUS is doing:

black_jesus_stillby Michael O’Connell

There may be a few “Hallelujah” choruses ringing in the halls of the Adult Swim offices this good Friday. The network’s latest live-action original, Black Jesus, topped all original cable offerings on Thursday and most of broadcast.

Among total viewers, Black Jesus‘ premiere brought in an equally strong haul: just north of 2 million viewers.

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Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 8/14/14

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are
by munchman

  • Jim and Steve Armogida (CRASH & BERNSTEIN) are developing a TV version of SCHOOL OF ROCK for Nickelodeon. (And Yer Friendly Neighborhood Muncher can’t wait to see how that works without Jack Black in the lead. Mebbe we’ll get the once and for all answer to the question: “Is it the writing or the star that makes a big hit?” I think I know which way this’ll go. What about you, fellow, ahem, writers?)
  • Max Landis (CHRONICLE) is adapting the sainted Douglas AdamsDirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency novels for TV (network to be, you know, named). (This is a U.S. first, but in point of fact there already has been a BBC series version, which to mine adoring eyes was terrific. Kind of like BORED TO DEATH except with a totally amoral and devious conman hero. That version was heavily criticized for its departures from the books, so it’ll be interesting to see how close Max stays to St. Douglas’ original.)
  • Andrew Bluestone (newbie) is developing his spec screenplay, PILLS, into a web series through a deal that is, in effect, a prize for kicking ass in a contest held by The Black List website and WIGS, a prodco specializing in sophisticated web stuff. (Congrats, Andrew! And, nope, the munchman has absolutely nothing sarcastic to say. Not yet anyway.)
  • Jake Thornton & Ben Lustig (WINTER’S KNIGHT) are adapting John Scalzi‘s s-f novel, Old Man’s War into a series for Syfy. (And with producer-director Wolfgang Peterson supervising, I’m thinking this could be kinda cool. If the show can survive Syfy’s paltry budgets and eternal quest for “the cute,” that is. Good luck, dudes!)

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 8/12/14

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are
by munchman

  • Glenn Gordon Caron (MEDIUM) has a new overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV for the usual development stuff. (But Ye Munchie One is secretly hoping that what he develops isn’t usual at all. Whaddaya think? Can Glenny Boy go outre? We’ll find out.)
  • Hilary Winston (BAD TEACHER) has sold a comedy that sounds a lot like THE OFFICE to NBC, based on a Playboy column she originally wrote, called “When Your Boss Has a Vagina.” (Wanna bet that isn’t what NBC ends up calling it? Any takers? Huh?)
  • Hunter Covington (IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA) & Stacy Traub (GLEE) are developing a comedy about a successful businesswoman who can’t seem to succeed at life for ABC. (What’s that you say? You’ve heard this particular premise before? A thousand times before? Geeze, gang, lighten up. Not everything on TV can be as new and different as…as…well, dang it, I just can’t come up with a name for a current show like that right now.)
  • David Klass (LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT), Perri Klass (RUNAWAY VIRUS), and Arthur L Caplan (the guy this new series will be about) are writing the pilot for CBS’ AUSTEN’S RAZOR, about “a brilliant bioethicist who is called in at crisis moments to solve the most complicated, dynamic and confounding medical issues imaginable.” (Zzzz…oops, sorry, I fell asleep there just copying the description. Which pretty well sums up how well I think a show like this one will do.)

Sunday International Film Maker News Part 1

Writers in India have a union! Is that cool or what? It ain’t the WGAW or WGAE, but definitely a step in the direction of writer protection:

download-672x372by Sharada Kalamadi

News related to Bollywood Production Houses being dragged into copyright infringement lawsuits by writers, does not cause even the slight rise of the brow, of late. While most of these lawsuits are filed just before the release of films, they leave producers of these films apprehensive and in a case of once bitten-twice shy, the producers are leaving no stone unturned to avoid this last minute trouble.

One of the measures taken by many of the production houses is to make it mandatory for writers to register their script with the Film Writers Association before a narration. In this post, we will have a quick look at the functioning of Film Writers Association, Mumbai.

Organisation - Film Writers Association (FWA) is a registered Trade Union of writers of the films/TV programs. They could be story writers, dialogue writers, lyrics writers, scriptwriters, poets etc. Novelists and authors diversifying into films are also members of the FWA.

Mission - FWA is the body of the writers, for the writers and by the writers. FWA’s foremost mission is to get writers their salt’s worth.

Duties & Purposes -

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Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 8/8/14

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are
by munchman

  • Joe Wengert (newbie) is developing BIG KIDS, a comedy about a big brother who just plain tries too hard, for NBC.  (And, hey, it’s about a blue collar family, so the big munch – i.e. me – already loves it.)
  • Richard Price (CRIMINAL JUSTICE) is developing an untitled new crime drama for Fox TV. (Cuz he’s Richard fucking Price and this is a crime fucking drama, and, well, dood’s got the kinda cred I’d commit a crime or two to have. Good luck, Richard! Um, that’s not too big of a suck-up, is it? Huh?)
  • Rachel Carey‘s novel, Debt, described as “a satire of the 2008 financial meltdown in New York, is comilng to ABC Family. (Cuz ABC Family ain’t a family channel anymore and, more importantly, cuz GREY’S ANATOMY star Ellen Pompeo wants to play the lead, so what the hell. Oh, and no writer is attached, so if you know Ellen or Rachel, time to give ‘em a call.)
  • Scott Peterson & Joshua Pruett (PHINEAS AND FERB) are developing HAUNTED MANSION as a special (read “backdoor pilot) as an animated Disney Channel project. (Sorry, but try as I may, your munchman just can’t get into this one. I think it’s cuz I absolutely can’t stand the Entity You May Now Prostrate Yourselves Before And Hail As Disney. Then again, it could just be my constipation. Ciao!)