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Children's programming from seven countries nabbed awards announced on the International Emmys website and via social channels, rather than on stage at Cannes as in past years.
The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences on Tuesday announced the 2020 International Emmy Kids Awards online and via social channels rather than on stage in Cannes after MIPTV was canceled amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.
"We decided to keep the winners' announcement for the same day the awards ceremony would have been held in Cannes,” said International Academy president Bruce L. Paisner in a statement. MIPTV organizer Reed Midem on March 3 confirmed that this year's MIPTV market, scheduled for March 30 to April 2, would not take place.
Despite that cancellation, the International Emmy Kids competition isn't the only event to go online. MIPTV is also staging a scaled-down virtual market as Reed Midem hosts online presentations and on-demand screenings of this year's top titles.
The winning programs for the latest International Emmy Kids competition are from Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Norway, the Netherlands and the U.K.
They include the Dutch series Floor Rules earning the International Emmy Kids for best series, and the BBC and CBBC series Jacqueline Wilson's Key winning for best miniseries.
And the British series Zog won for best animation.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
Netflix and YouTube are both stepping up to help make sure the internet doesn't crash in Europe. Both companies have committed to limiting the streaming quality of content for at least 30 days amidst the growing server demand. Many people are working from home, and more people are streaming video as the coronavirus outbreak has left the country, much like the U.S., in a state of self-isolation with the masses practicing social distancing to help keep the virus in check.
This comes after calls from the European Union for Netflix to switch to standard definition streaming, as opposed to high definition streaming, which uses a lot more band and, at a time when more people are streaming video, can strain internet providers. Netflix announced that it will limit to SD for the next 30 days, with YouTube following suit. A YouTube spokesperson had this to say in a statement.'While we have seen only a few usage peaks, we have measures in place to automatically adjust our system to use less network capacity. We are in ongoing conversations with the regulators including Ofcom, governments and network operators all over Europe, and are making a commitment to temporarily default all traffic in the UK and the EU to Standard Definition.'
On any given day, Netflix and Google, largely through YouTube, account for about 25 percent of all internet traffic. So with both companies limiting streaming quality, that should help ease concerns of the internet crashing in Europe, at least for now. A Netflix spokesperson had this to say about it in a statement.'We estimate that this will reduce Netflix traffic on European networks by around 25% while also ensuring a good quality service for our members.'
One key with YouTube usage in Europe is that streams will temporarily default to SD, but users can manually change it to HD, if they so choose. Another key question is, will similar measures be enacted in the U.S. and in other countries as well? And will other streaming services such as Amazon and Hulu follow in these same footsteps? There have also been calls on video game companies should also consider putting measures in place to help limit internet strain, as online gaming is also a significant factor.
Internet demand worldwide is likely to increase as countries put increasingly strict measures in place to fight the spread of COVID-19. California recently issued stay-at-home orders, with other states expected to follow suit. With the masses cooped up at home, streaming services and other online content, such as livestreaming and gaming, are going to provide people with a much-needed escape. If that means having to deal with SD content for a while to keep the internet from crashing entirely, it may well be worth the tradeoff. We'll be sure to keep you posted as the situation develops. This news was previously reported by Deadline.
During the current worldwide pandemic, movie studios are no longer providing box-office figures, mostly because theaters have been shut down around the nation and the world. Because we are less interested in the actual figures themselves and more interested in what people are watching over the weekends, each week I will dive into the Bestseller, Most Popular, and Most Streamed Lists on Google Play, iTunes, Netflix, and Hulu to pinpoint the weekend’s most watched films.
Last weekend, in the traditional rental market, the release of Jumanji: Next Level and Knives Out dominated, but there’s been some movement. Jumanji has held its own in the top three, while Knives Out has fallen a spot to make room for 1917, the phenomenal Sam Mendes’ Best Picture nominee, although I can’t imagine it’s nearly as good on an iPhone or laptop. Those huge flat screen TVs you bought on Black Friday will come in handy now. Bombshell, Frozen II and Spies in Disguise, meanwhile, appear to be the other three most popular titles among traditional rentals.
Beyond the traditional rentals, things get a little weird, because several movies forced out of theaters by the pandemic have taken a different tact. Some of the titles are being offered for digital purchase at around $20, while several others are being offered as $20 rentals, which I suppose means that viewers will have to shell out another $20 in a few weeks if they want to buy it. Pixar’s Onward, which will be on Disney + next week, leads digital sales, followed by Vin Diesel’s Bloodshot, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Birds of Prey, and Matthew McConaughey’s The Gentlemen. Ben Affleck’s The Way Back, which only had two weeks in theaters before most shut down, is also being offered for digital purchase at $20-$25, but it’s not ranking particularly well. That’s a shame; it’s a solid movie.
Meanwhile, among the “home premieres,” which is what Google Play is calling movies being kicked from theaters and being offered for $20 rentals, Invisible Man continues to lead all others by what appears to be a wide margin, and it is absolutely worth the price of a home rental. The next three are different depending on the service: On Google Play, it’s The Hunt that lags behind Invisible Man, followed by Emma and I Still Believe, which are way down on the list. On iTunes, however, it’s The Hunt that’s lower on the list, while Emma and I Still Believe are faring better. I don’t know what that says about their respective audiences. I would love to know the actual figures on those. All I know at this point is that Invisible Man, which was made for only $8 million and earned $124 million worldwide in its limited theatrical run, is adding a lot gravy in its digital release.
Hulu still says that it’s most popular movie is Big Time Adolescent, the coming-of-age film starring Pete Davidson....
One highlight of this Coronavirus quarantine turning us all into hermits? There's plenty of time to binge all of the new offerings from HBO. The network is pumping out some prestige originals and bringing back a favorite comedy series this month. First up is Mark Ruffalo's limited series that sees him playing both leads. For those needing a laugh in these dark times, Issa Rae's Insecure returns, and a new series from Fleabag's Phoebe Waller-Bridge lands.
Here's everything coming to and leaving HBO this April.
I Know This Much Is TrueMark Ruffalo stars in this limited series adapted from Wally Lamb's best-selling book. Ruffalo pulls double-duty, playing a set of identical twins with the series following their parallel lives. One suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, the other from PTSD, and both rely on each other to navigate their complicated family dynamics. Ruffalo will probably win an Emmy for this but even if not, it's a gripping drama with a stellar cast.
RunThe team behind Fleabag read: Phoebe Waller-Bridge brings us this rom-com series starring Domhnall Gleeson and Merritt Wever. The story follows a woman bored with her domestic life who receives a text from her college sweetheart and subsequently drops everything to meet him in New York to fulfill a pact they made 17 years earlier.
InsecureIssa Rae's critically-beloved comedy returns for another season this month and fans should expect plenty of romance drama this time around. Issa and Molly are dating roommates this season, which might put their own friendship to the test, while Issa's business partner gets serious with her ex-boyfriend Lawrence.
Atlanta's Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children, Docuseries Premiere 4/5
Insecure, Season 4 Premiere 4/12
Run, Series Premiere 4/12
Entre Hombre, Series Premiere 4/19
Shadows, Season 3 4/20
We're Here, Series Premiere 4/23
I Know This Much Is True, Limited Series Premiere 4/27
High Maintenance, Season 4 Finale 4/3
The Plot Against America, Series Finale 4/20
Bad Education 4/25
Autism: The Sequel 4/28
Dragged Across Concrete, 2018 4/1
Galveston, 2018 4/1
Good Boys, 2019 4/4
It: Chapter 2, 2019 4/11
Stuber, 2019 4/18
Ola De Crimenes AKA Crime Wave, 2020 4/3
Pepito, 2019 4/3
Slipping Into Darkness, 2019 4/3
The Serenade AKA La Serenata, 2019 4/3
Las Herederas AKA The Heiresses, 2020 4/17
2019 Latinx Short Film Competition Winners:
Pepito, 2019 4/3
Slipping Into Darkness, 2019 4/3
The Serenade AKA La Serenata, 2019 4/3
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