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Netflix to produce their own standup comedy specials, documentaries

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 22 Jul 2013 23:54 User comments (5)

Netflix to produce their own standup comedy specials, documentaries Just days after announcing their shows had received 14 Emmy nominations, Netflix has announced it will be creating even more original content, producing documentaries and standup comedy specials.
Reads their letter to shareholders: "Beyond series, we will be expanding our Originals initiative to include broadly appealing feature documentaries and stand-up comedy specials. Netflix has become a big destination for fans of these much loved and often under-distributed genres."

COO Ted Sarandos had hinted at the company's interest in comedy during an interview earlier this year.

Netflix has proved to be a hit-maker with its own original content, thanks to Arrested Development, House of Cards and the new Orange is the New Black.

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5 user comments

123.7.2013 2:10

I will be happy to see more. Now if they could only make a show on the same grade as Game of Thrones.

223.7.2013 12:17

Originally posted by lamain:
I will be happy to see more. Now if they could only make a show on the same grade as Game of Thrones.
That's a tall order, but I am impressed with what Netflix has done so far.

323.7.2013 23:12

Originally posted by SProdigy:
Originally posted by lamain:
I will be happy to see more. Now if they could only make a show on the same grade as Game of Thrones.
That's a tall order, but I am impressed with what Netflix has done so far.
I agree it is a tall order but from what they have done so far I think they could pull it off.

424.7.2013 10:40

Not if it's another Hemlock Grove (tried to get into it, fell asleep twice on the pilot episode)... House of Cards is the only ace card :-) I find it odd that Lilyhammer didn't get any buzz, I actually enjoyed that show as well.


Peace!

524.7.2013 11:42

Originally posted by lamain:
Originally posted by SProdigy:
Originally posted by lamain:
I will be happy to see more. Now if they could only make a show on the same grade as Game of Thrones.
That's a tall order, but I am impressed with what Netflix has done so far.
I agree it is a tall order but from what they have done so far I think they could pull it off.
And I think they'll give it a go. I wouldn't be surprised to see a fantasy and a sci-fi series within the next year.

Netflix has an advantage in that they don't need to fill an X minute window of time as the networks do (ie. 30 or 60 minute block, minus credits and commercials, if any.)

Even HBO has to fill somewhere between 48-52 minutes, I think, but since Netflix has no block scheduling and it's essentially on demand, show creators can flexibly write shows where some could be 32 minutes and others 40 minutes, to better pace the stories they want to tell. I could see alot of content creators coming their way with new projects based on this freedom.

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