Saturday, July 20, 2013

From Ken Davenport and The Producer's Blog I read the following story with interest.  Ken mostly talks about Broadway, but my favorite part of this article is highlighted and italicized below.  I think that NPT, ultimately being close to NYC but not in NYC is positioning itself to partner with a big company that could produce its shows.  The large film studios are doing it now. Producing theatre.  Entertainment is hot and brings in the bucks.  I need to think about this one a bit more.....

Netflix breaks a boundary. Is it our turn?

Entertainment industry history was made yesterday when Netflix, the service I formerly referred to as Blockbuster-online, was nominated for 14 Emmy Awards for its original programming.
It was only a little over a year ago that the DVD/streaming video service launched their original programming, which included the high profile fourth season of cult-and-critic favoriteArrested Development, and the Kevin Spacey driven political thrilled House of Cards (which features Broadway’s own Sebastian Arcelus).
And wouldn’t you know it, their “HBO did it, so why can’t we?” move paid off big time.  (You can read about it here.)  For the first time in Emmy history, a “streaming service” was honored with noms.  And a bunch of them.
If you hear a chattering sound, it’s the teeth of every major television executive out there . . . including HBO.
What’s exciting about this (besides the fact that even more companies that you might not think of may start producing shows – and therefore hiring artists) is that it’s such a major game-changer, that perhaps it’ll rub off on Broadway!
Could the Tonys open up their doors and start making shows at non-Broadway theaters eligible, in the same way the Emmys spread their net wider to the actual ‘net?  Is the Off-Broadway Tony finally getting closer to fruition?
What if organizations that usually served the content (like Netflix) also started creating the content?  Like . . . what if Ad Agencies start producing shows (God knows they can afford it – I was just in the new offices of one this morning, and let me tell you, their conference room is bigger than my apartment)?  What if the theater owners start producing again big time?  What if Playbill started producing?
I hate being interrupted.
But I love when a company like Netflix interrupts a business and forces everyone to listen to a new way of doing something.
And now it’s time for that interruption on Broadway.
(This story is so cool to me – look for a follow up blog on “Three Things we can Learn from the Netflix Emmys” on Monday!)

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