“Squid Game” is Netflix’s Inc.’s biggest title at launch, with 111 million global accounts having watched at least two minutes of the Korean-language series in its first 17 days on the platform, Netflix said. “Squid Game,” now the first Netflix original to be seen by more than 100 million accounts in its first 28 days, has been No. 1 in Netflix’s U.S. Top 10 for three weeks. (The Verge)
Netflix reinstated Terra Field, the transgender software engineer who criticized Dave Chappelle’s comedy special for the platform, “The Closer,” and reportedly crashed a Netflix leadership meeting. Netflix said Field was not suspended for her tweets about “The Closer” and that it was clear Field did not join the leadership meeting with “any ill intent.” (The New York Times)
Goldenvoice’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and Stagecoach Festival will not require attendees of next year’s events to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and will instead allow concertgoers to show a negative test taken within 72 hours of the event or proof of vaccination, according to social media posts, a change from the requirements it announced in August. The Anschutz Entertainment Group, Goldenvoice’s owner, previously mandated vaccines for all people in attendance at its events, but a spokesperson said “the company was aligned on this change.” (Rolling Stone)
David Zaslav’s face lit up as the SUV approached the lot. It was around 8 a.m. on Tuesday, June 1, 70-something degrees and sunny in Burbank, California, where Zaslav was arriving for his first-ever visit to one of the world’s most storied entertainment studios.
Billionaire hip-hop artist and entrepreneur Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter has made another investment in the cannabis industry. But instead of selling $50 hand-rolled joints, his most recent investment is in a tech company that helps marijuana dispensaries process payments.
In the fallout from former Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden’s resignation that stemmed from leaked emails in which he used homophobic and misogynistic language, at least one company that Gruden endorses is backing out of its agreement with him.
News flash: Americans drank more, smoked more, watched more TV and exercised less during the recent pandemic-related business closures and stay-at-home orders, according to a UCLA-led study released today.
The cultural anthropologist Ernest Becker once wrote that “in his greatest genius, man is still mocked.” This sentiment might be of some comfort to the actor Ben Platt, who has lately served as a punching bag in certain districts of the internet.
Bobby Flay’s 27 years with the Food Network came to an end over money, a source close to the celebrity chef’s team tells PEOPLE. On Friday, news broke that Flay, 56, would be parting ways with the network once his current three-year contract expires at the end of this year.
In 2005, Shonda Rhimes’ production company Shondaland had its first series, the medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy,” premiered on ABC. Eighteen seasons, 16 years and 10 other TV series later, Rhimes is set on taking over television’s next frontier.
The judge in Dominion Voting Systems Inc.’s $1.6 billion defamation suit against Fox News balked at ordering the network to turn over performance reviews of Tucker Carlson and other hosts who aired false election-fraud claims.
“Ted Lasso” has always been an underdog story. The comedy based on a series of 2013 NBC Sports promotional videos was shopped to and passed over by at least three outlets before Apple wagered a bet in late 2019 and picked up the fish out of water comedy as part of its pre-launch buying spree.
The rise of streaming has altered the sports television landscape as much as any other programming. Rights to sports content are an important factor in the success of building a streaming platform that can appeal to wider audiences.
In 2015, Ilan Benjamin premiered his choose-your-own-adventure murder mystery Virtual Morality. The three-episode web series challenged the viewer to figure out who killed a popular high school student or die trying.
Fortnite’s Imposter mode is an “Among Us” clone in all but name, but nearly two months later, Epic Games is finally acknowledging in today’s patch notes what was clear from the start: Imposters was “inspired by ‘Among Us’ from Innersloth.”
Last year, Spotify decided to embrace podcasts as part of the company’s larger communications strategy with the launch of its behind-the-scenes podcast, “Spotify: For the Record,” which has featured interviews with Spotify execs, employees and industry experts about music, tech and podcasting.
Since her debut album “Same Trailer Different Park” won the Grammy Award for Best Country Album in 2014, Kacey Musgraves has been a mainstay in the category — nominated again in 2016 for “Pageant Material,” and winning for “Golden Hour” in 2019.
Earlier this summer, sitting in a London cinema for a screening of Denis Villeneuve’s hugely anticipated, pandemic-delayed adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi novel “Dune,” I found myself unexpectedly close to tears.
Can we talk about the Ted Sarandos memo for a minute? You know, the one obtained by Variety, in which the CEO of Netflix tells his staff that, while he understands many people are quite upset about the many homophobic and transphobic jokes in the Dave Chappelle special “The Closer,” it doesn’t really matter because the show is a hit and Chappelle is very popular?
Even as the entertainment landscape continues to be disrupted by streaming and pandemic fallout, the artists, entrepreneurs and pioneers on TheWrap’s 2021 Innovators List have seized the opportunity to orchestrate their own sort of innovation, opening new doors to cultural inclusion and expansion in Hollywood.