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Netflix's 'Squid Game' is part of a surge in Korean entertainment '30 years in the making.' Here's what's next.

"Squid Game." Netflix "Squid Game," Netflix's biggest TV series, is part of a "K-wave" of popular South Korean content. Experts say the wave has been years in the making. They don't think it will slow down any time soon as competition among media companies heats up. Netflix's "Squid Game," a Korean-language series about hundreds of people who participate in deadly games for a cash prize, is the streaming giant's biggest TV series ever.The company said on Tuesday that it was...
Tags: Amazon, Asia, South Korea, Japan, TV, Media, Entertainment, China, Disney, Trends, Netflix, Streaming, Seoul, Marvel Studios, KU, State University of New York


Hollywood has high hopes for 'Dune' at the box office, but Warner Bros. execs are also closely watching how it performs on HBO Max

Oscar Isaac and Josh Brolin in "Dune." Warner Bros. Warner Bros.' big-budget "Dune" arrives in theaters and on HBO Max this weekend. The movie enters a crowded month for new releases that's had mixed results. Meanwhile, Warner Bros. movies seem to be attracting new subscribers to Max. "Dune," the big-budget sci-fi epic from Warner Bros., arrives in US theaters and on HBO Max today, rounding out a month crowded with long-delayed new releases that has yielded mixed results at the box...
Tags: Hbo, Hollywood, Movies, Media, Entertainment, China, US, Trends, Streaming, Suicide Squad, Box Office, Josh Brolin, Newark, Warner Bros, Oscar Isaac, Marvel Studios


The fired Netflix staffer who helped organize the walkout says co-CEO 'missed the point' in his apology tour

Ted Sarandos. Paul Bruinooge/Patrick McMullan/Getty Images A fired Netflix staffer said co-CEO Ted Sarandos "missed the point" with his Chappelle apologies. Sarandos said that he "screwed up the internal communication" but that he "supports artistic freedom." The staffer was fired for allegedly leaking internal Netflix data to the press, an accusation they deny. The fired Netflix employee who was helping organize a company walkout, scheduled to happen Wednesday, responded to co-CEO Ted Sar...
Tags: Media, Entertainment, Trends, Ted, Netflix, Harry Potter, Streaming, Jk Rowling, Times, Ted Sarandos, Dave Chappelle, Variety, Rowling, Chappelle, Sarandos, Travis Clark


Why the James Bond producers should embrace TV after 'No Time to Die'

Daniel Craig as James Bond in "No Time to Die" MGM "No Time to Die," the new James Bond movie, has struggled to attract younger audiences. Amazon is buying the MGM film studio, which releases the Bond films. A streaming TV series at Prime Video could inject new life into the franchise. James Bond has never made the leap to TV, but it might be time for that to change. The character has been the subject of books, video games, and iconic movies. With Amazon set to buy the MGM film studio that...
Tags: Amazon, TV, Hollywood, Movies, Media, Entertainment, Disney, US, Trends, Analysis, James Bond, Box Office, Daniel Craig, Batman, Jeff Bezos, Barbara Broccoli


Netflix's Korean series 'My Name' is surging in popularity following the success of 'Squid Game'

"My Name." Netflix The South Korean crime series "My Name" was the seventh most popular title on Netflix on Tuesday. "Squid Game," Netflix's biggest show ever, was No. 2 more than a month after its debut. The two shows highlight how far ahead of rivals Netflix is in its international strategy. Netflix recently found monster success with the Korean-language series "Squid Game," its biggest series of all time. Now, another South Korean show is surging in popularity on the platform. "My N...
Tags: TV, Media, Entertainment, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Netflix, Streaming, Fortune, Lucas Shaw, Bela Bajaria, Travis Clark, Alvin Foo, Squid Game, BTS Netflix


'Halloween Kills' smashed box-office expectations despite also streaming on Peacock and it shows the strength of the horror genre

Michael Myers is back in "Halloween Kills." Universal "Halloween Kills" topped the domestic box office over the weekend with $50 million. It cost just $20 million to produce. Horror movies have been resilient during the pandemic, from "A Quiet Place Part II" to "Candyman." "Halloween Kills," the sequel to the 2018 "Halloween" franchise revival, exceeded expectations at the US box office over the weekend, showing once more that the horror genre is thriving during the pandemic.The movie earn...
Tags: Hollywood, Media, Entertainment, US, Trends, Streaming, Box Office, Warner Bros, Horror Movies, Paramount, Comscore, Universal Pictures, Candyman, Blumhouse, Jordan Peele, Paul Dergarabedian


Comedian Hannah Gadsby tore into Netflix's 'amoral algorithm cult' after its co-CEO defended releasing Chappelle's new special

Gadsby. Netflix Comedian Hannah Gadsby, who won an Emmy for a Netflix special, lambasted the company's co-CEO. Co-CEO Ted Sarandos referenced Gadsby in a memo to staff defending Dave Chappelle's new special. Some Netflix employees and talent have criticized the special, in which Chappelle makes transphobic comments. Comedian Hannah Gadsby tore into Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos in an Instagram post on Friday, after Sarandos wrote a memo to staff, which referenced her, defending Dave ...
Tags: New York Post, Media, Entertainment, Trends, Dave, Netflix, Harry Potter, Streaming, Jk Rowling, Ted Sarandos, Dave Chappelle, Rowling, Chappelle, Dear White People, Nanette, Sarandos


Netflix's co-CEO said content doesn't 'translate to real-world harm' in defense of Chappelle's new special. A Netflix documentary suggests otherwise.

Ted Sarandos, Netflix co-CEO & Chief Content Officer Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Netflix's co-CEO sent a memo defending the decision to stream Dave Chappelle's new special. In the memo, he said that content "doesn't directly translate to real-world harm." Some people pointed out that a Netflix documentary, "Disclosure," argues otherwise. Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos issued another defense of the company releasing Dave Chappelle's controversial new standup special, "The Clos...
Tags: Media, Entertainment, Trends, Netflix, Harry Potter, Streaming, Jk Rowling, Rolling Stone, Ted Sarandos, BoJack Horseman, Dave Chappelle, Rowling, GLAAD, Chappelle, Sarandos, Alan Sepinwall


Netflix reportedly spent $21 million on 'Squid Game,' its all-time biggest hit. Here's how that compares to other show budgets.

"Squid Game." Youngkyu Park Netflix reportedly spent $21.4 million on "Squid Game," its biggest hit series ever. It's a small sum compared to some of Netflix's other hits like "Stranger Things" and "The Crown." Streaming shows at other companies like Disney and Apple have movie-like budgets. The surge in streaming platforms in recent years has caused a content arms race, inflating costs as media companies try to lure subscribers with big-budget IP.But the biggest show in the world ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, South Korea, Media, Entertainment, Disney, Trends, Bloomberg, Netflix, Streaming, Hollywood Reporter, Disney Marvel, Lucas Shaw, Mimi Leder, Travis Clark, WandaVision


Trans Netflix employees are reportedly planning a walkout following the release of Chappelle's new special

Chappelle in "The Closer." Netflix Trans employees at Netflix are planning a walkout next week, The Verge reported. The walkout plan comes after Netflix's co-CEO defended the release of Dave Chappelle's new special. In the special, Chappelle makes transphobic comments and defends JK Rowling. Netflix's trans employee resource group is planning a walkout next week, The Verge reported.The walkout comes after co-CEO Ted Sarandos defended in an internal memo the streamer's decis...
Tags: Media, Entertainment, US, Trends, Netflix, Harry Potter, Streaming, Jk Rowling, Lgbtq, Ted Sarandos, Dave Chappelle, Variety, Rowling, Hollywood Reporter, GLAAD, Chappelle


Netflix's top 10 original TV show hits of all time, including 'Squid Game' and 'Bridgerton'

"Squid Game." Netflix Netflix said that "Squid Game" was its biggest original series ever with 111 million households watching in the first four weeks. It topped "Bridgerton," which was watched by 82 million households. Insider ranked Netflix's biggest originals based on how many member households watched each in the first 28 days. Netflix counts a view if an account watches at least two minutes of a show or movie. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. 10. "Sweet ...
Tags: TV, London, Media, Entertainment, Trends, Spain, Features, Netflix, Streaming, Guardian, Npr, Time Magazine, Rotten Tomatoes, Chicago Sun Times, Phil, Newsday


Why the creators of Paramount+'s 'Evil' think the series would have been canceled if it were still on CBS

Michelle and Robert King D Dipasupil/FilmMagic Paramount+'s "Evil" debuted its season two finale on Sunday. The show's creators, Robert and Michelle King, inked a new five-year deal with CBS Studios this year. The duo talked to Insider about the deal, "Evil's" move from CBS to streaming for season two, and more. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.Was the move from CBS to Paramount+ beneficial for "Evil"? Michelle King: We got the news about it shifting from b...
Tags: TV, New York, Media, Entertainment, Evil, Trends, Fbi, Kings, Streaming, Cbs, Robert King, Paramount, Kristen, Andy, Robert, Michelle


Netflix has suspended 3 employees but says it wasn't for criticism of its Dave Chappelle special

Chappelle in "The Closer." Netflix Netflix has suspended three employees for crashing an executive meeting, The Verge and Variety reported. One of the staffers was Terra Field, who criticized Dave Chappelle's new Netflix special on Twitter last week. In the special, called "The Closer," Chappelle makes transphobic comments. Netflix has suspended three employees for attending an executive meeting they were not invited to, including a trans staffer who recently criticized the company'...
Tags: Media, Entertainment, Trends, Netflix, Harry Potter, Streaming, Jk Rowling, Ted Sarandos, Dave Chappelle, Variety, Moore, Chappelle, Netflix Netflix, Sarandos, Travis Clark, Jaclyn Moore


'No Time To Die' is the first sign of turbulence at the box office for the latest wave of blockbuster hopefuls

Daniel Craig as James Bond in "No Time to Die" MGM "No Time to Die" earned $56 million in the US over the weekend, below expectations. There might be trouble for would-be blockbusters in a crowded market still recovering from the pandemic. Still, the movie is performing well internationally and has earned more than $300 million globally. After a year-and-a-half delay, the James Bond film "No Time to Die" landed in North American theaters over the weekend. But the box office lacked the kind...
Tags: Hbo, Hollywood, Movies, Media, Entertainment, China, Disney, US, Trends, James Bond, Box Office, Daniel Craig, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, Ridley Scott, Spectre


Netflix employees speak out against Dave Chappelle's new special in which he makes transphobic comments

Chappelle in "The Closer." Netflix Dave Chappelle and Netflix are under fire for his sixth standup special, "The Closer." Some Netflix employees criticized the company for giving Chappelle a platform to make transphobic comments. An executive producer on Netflix's "Dear White People" said that she is done working with the streamer. See more stories on Insider's business page. Dave Chappelle and Netflix are coming under fire for Chappelle's sixth standup special for the streamer...
Tags: New York Post, Media, Entertainment, Trends, Netflix, Streaming, Dave Chappelle, GLAAD, Chappelle, Dear White People, Travis Clark, Jaclyn Moore, Netflix Dave Chappelle


Netflix's 'Squid Game' has surged past 'Bridgerton' in online engagement as it paces to be the streamer's biggest show ever

"Squid Game." Youngkyu Park Netflix's "Squid Game" is well ahead of "Bridgerton" in online audience engagement. It's driven more new engagers than other Netflix originals in the past three years. There's also a big overlap between the "Squid Game" audience and those who engage with video games. See more stories on Insider's business page. Netflix's co-CEO Ted Sarandos said last week that there was a "very good chance" that the company's Korean-language series "Squid...
Tags: South Korea, TV, Media, Instagram, Entertainment, Trends, Netflix, Poland, Streaming, Time Magazine, Ted Sarandos, Facebook Twitter YouTube, Bridgerton, Travis Clark, Judy Berman, Squid Game


The 5 most anticipated TV shows returning in October, including Netflix's 'You' and HBO's 'Succession'

"Succession" season three. HBO Every month, Insider looks at the most anticipated returning TV shows using data from the app TV Time. It's derived from its US users who use the app to track and react to what they're watching. Netflix took the top two spots this month with "Locke and Key" and "You," but users were also anticipating the return of HBO's "Succession." Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. 5. "Love Life" season two - HBO Max, October 28 ...
Tags: Hbo, TV, Media, Entertainment, US, Trends, Features, Netflix, Atlantic, Brian Cox, Streaming, Roy, Rolling Stone, Rotten Tomatoes, Los Angeles Times, Joe


The top streaming TV shows last month: HBO Max's 'Titans' surges to the top in audience demand

"Titans." HBO Max Each month, Parrot Analytics provides Insider with a list of the most in-demand original streaming shows. Parrot's list is ranked by how much more in demand the top series are than the average TV show in the US. Parrot Analytics measures audience demand, which reflects the desire of and engagement with, or overall popularity, of a series. HBO Max's "Titans" jumped to the top spot on this month's list, which accounts for the most in-demand shows of September....
Tags: Apple, England, TV, Media, Entertainment, Disney, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Spain, Cnn, Features, Netflix, New York Times, Streaming, Kansas


The 5 most anticipated new TV shows premiering in October

"CSI: Vegas." CBS Every month, Insider looks at the most anticipated new TV shows using data from the app TV Time. The list is derived from US users who use the app to track and react to what they're watching. The original "CSI" series will be revived this month, and Apple will debut sci-fi series "Invasion." Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. 5. "Ghosts" - CBS/Paramount+, October 7 CBS Description: "Samantha and Jay throw both caution and money to ...
Tags: Apple, TV, Media, Entertainment, US, Trends, Features, Streaming, Cbs, Chucky, Detroit, Samantha, Jay, Cw, Sin City, Shioli Kutsuna


The biggest movie of the weekend wasn't the 'Venom' sequel. It was a $200 million Chinese blockbuster.

"The Battle at Lake Changjin." Bona Film Group The Chinese war film "The Battle at Lake Changjin" grossed more than $200 million over the weekend. The China box office is now the biggest in the world thanks to the success of local blockbusters. Experts say that going forward, the relationship between China and Hollywood will be very different. See more stories on Insider's business page. "Venom: Let There Be Carnage" may have exceeded expectations at the US box office, but the biggest ...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Media, Entertainment, China, Marvel, Disney, US, Trends, James Bond, Box Office, University Of Virginia, University Of Southern California, Detective Chinatown, Rosen, Ampere Analysis


The 11 most anticipated movies premiering in October, from 'Dune' to 'Halloween Kills'

Timothée Chalamet and Rebecca Ferguson in "Dune." Warner Bros. Every month, the app TV Time provides Insider a list of the most anticipated new movies being released, based on the movies its US users have indicated they intend to watch. Warner Bros.' "Dune," which will debut in theaters and on HBO Max, topped this month's list. October also includes the release of other long-delayed movies like "No Time to Die" and "Venom: Let There Be Carnage." See more stories on Insider's bu...
Tags: Europe, Hbo, Hollywood, Movies, Media, Entertainment, Washington Post, France, Oregon, US, Trends, Features, Netflix, Atlantic, Jake Gyllenhaal, Wes Anderson


'Squid Game' is driving so much internet traffic in South Korea that a broadband provider is suing Netflix over usage costs

Youngkyu Park Netflix said that its new Korean-language series "Squid Game" could be its biggest show ever. Its popularity is causing explosive internet traffic in South Korea, one internet provider alleges. SK Broadband has sued Netflix over usage fees in response to the show's popularity, Reuters reported. See more stories on Insider's business page. SK Broadband, an internet service provider in South Korea, has sued Netflix, Reuters reported Friday.The company alleges that Net...
Tags: Facebook, South Korea, Lawsuit, Entertainment, Law, Trends, Netflix, Korea, Ted Sarandos, Reuters, Dong, Yonhap News Agency, Amazon Apple, Internet Service Provider, Sarandos, SK Broadband


Hollywood holds its breath as blockbuster hopefuls like 'No Time to Die' and 'Dune' test the limits of movie-theater recovery

Tom Hardy in "Venom: Let There Be Carnage." Sony Multiple big movie releases are packed into October, from "Venom: Let There Be Carnage" to "Dune." The month will test whether the US theatrical market can sustain so many tentpole films. Some Hollywood releases will also open in China after "Shang-Chi" was shut out, but the real test will come later. See more stories on Insider's business page. After multiple delays, some of Hollywood's biggest movies of the year will finally see th...
Tags: Hbo, Hollywood, Movies, Media, Entertainment, China, Disney, US, Trends, Nato, Sony, James Bond, Box Office, Daniel Craig, Newark, North America


Netflix has acquired a video-game studio in a major move to further its gaming ambitions

"Oxenfree." Night School Studio Netflix announced on Tuesday it had acquired the video-game studio Night School Studio. Netflix plans to offer video games alongside its shows and movies at no extra cost to subscribers. Night School is best known for the 2016 supernatural thriller game "Oxenfree." See more stories on Insider's business page. Netflix is diving deeper into video games with the purchase of its first game studio.The streaming giant announced on Tuesday it had acquired Night...
Tags: Media, Video Games, Entertainment, Trends, Netflix, Streaming, Peters, Tech Insider, OxenFree, Greg Peters, Night School, Travis Clark, Night School Studio, Sean Krankel, Mike Verdu, Poland Netflix


Netflix says 'Squid Game' could become its biggest hit show of all time

"Squid Game." Netflix Netflix said that its new Korean-language series "Squid Game" could be its biggest show ever. It will "definitely" be its most popular non-English series, co-CEO Ted Sarandos said. Demand data from Parrot Analytics affirms how quickly the show has gained in global popularity. See more stories on Insider's business page. A new Korean-language Netflix series could become the streamer's biggest series of all time.Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos said during the annual...
Tags: Media, Entertainment, Trends, Netflix, Streaming, Sex Education, Ted Sarandos, Nme, Netflix Netflix, Sarandos, Parrot Analytics, Travis Clark, Shonda Rhimes Netflix, Squid Game, Hidzir Junaini


How 'Shang-Chi' became the biggest movie in the US this year - and why it's trailing at the global box office

Simu Liu stars as Shang-Chi. Marvel Studios "Shang-Chi" is now this year's biggest movie in the US with $196 million since its release. It was released exclusively to theaters and has sustained strong online engagement. But it hasn't been approved for release in China, which has hindered its global box office. See more stories on Insider's business page. "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" is officially the year's biggest movie in the US. The latest Marvel movie sur...
Tags: Hollywood, Media, Instagram, Entertainment, China, Disney, US, Trends, Nato, Box Office, Scarlett Johansson, North America, University Of Virginia, Marvel Studios, Marvel Cinematic Universe, Kong


The 10 biggest streaming TV debuts of the past year were all on Netflix, according to Nielsen data

"The Crown." Netflix Netflix dominated Nielsen's weekly streaming charts over the past year, a new analysis showed. "The Crown" had the most-viewed first week of any original streaming series, according to Nielsen. Nielsen's measurements - based on minutes watched - do give Netflix an edge, though. See more stories on Insider's business page. A new analysis of Nielsen's weekly streaming charts over the past year shows that Netflix dominated.Nielsen introduced weekly lists l...
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Netflix's top 10 original TV show hits of all time, including 'Bridgerton' and 'Sex/Life'

"Bridgerton." Liam Daniel/Netflix Netflix said that "Sex/Life" was watched by 67 million households worldwide in its first four weeks, and renewed it for a second season. "Bridgerton" is still the biggest Netflix original series ever, though, with more than 80 million. Insider ranked Netflix's biggest originals based on how many member households watched each in the first 28 days. Netflix counts a view if an account watches at least two minutes of a show or movie. Visit Business Inside...
Tags: TV, London, Media, Entertainment, Trends, Spain, Features, Netflix, Sex Life, Streaming, Npr, Time Magazine, Rotten Tomatoes, Chicago Sun Times, Phil, Newsday


The top 9 shows on Netflix this week, from 'Sex Education' to 'Manifest'

"Sex Education." Netflix Every week, the streaming search engine Reelgood compiles for Insider a list of the TV shows that have been most prominent on Netflix's daily top-10 lists. Netflix counts a view if an account watches a movie or TV show for at least two minutes. "Sex Education's" third season debuted recently and propelled the series to the top spot this week. See more stories on Insider's business page. 9. "Nailed It!" (Netflix original, 2018-present) Netfli...
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'Shang-Chi' is set to pass 'Black Widow' as the biggest movie in the US this year

Simu Liu plays Shang-Chi. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures "Shang-Chi" will likely surpass "Black Widow" as the highest-grossing film of the year in the US on Friday. It's a big win for theaters as the movie has a 45-day exclusive theatrical window. "Shang-Chi" has yet to be approved in China, which has hindered its global box office. See more stories on Insider's business page. Marvel's "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" will soon be the highest-grossing movie at t...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Media, Entertainment, China, Disney, US, Trends, Nato, Black Widow, Box Office, Marvel Studios, Steven Spielberg, Comscore, Marvel Cinematic Universe, West Side Story



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