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Better call Netflix? Streaming platforms poaching top TV talent

Better call Netflix? Streaming platforms poaching top TV talent
From Reuters - September 15, 2017

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Sundays Primetime Emmy winners will take home shiny trophies and bask in congratulations, but their biggest payoff could come in a call from Netflix Inc or Amazon.com Inc.

In recent months, the two streaming networks have lured the makers of pioneering shows from broadcast and cable networks with big cash offers and promises of creative freedom.

Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and the like are really putting their money where their mouth is, said Melissa Rosenberg, a former writer on Showtimes Dexter who moved to Netflix to create the dark superhero show Jessica Jones.

Theyre paying creators, extraordinary actors, and for the budgets of shows equal or better than basic cable or network TV, she said.

Some of televisions biggest names have deserted network and cable for streaming.

Netflix enticed Shonda Rhimes away from her longtime home on Walt Disney Cos ABC, where she developed hits like Greys Anatomy and Scandal. It also landed filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen for a western anthology series after their success with a TV spinoff of their movie Fargo on FX.

Amazon lured Matthew Weiner, who put AMC on the map with his Emmy award-winning Mad Men, to develop an anthology series called The Romanoffs. It also has brought on Robert Kirkman, the man behind the basic cable networks current most-watched show, The Walking Dead, to create new shows.

Netflix, which received 91 Emmy nominations this year, has a shot at winning its first best drama series award with supernatural mystery Stranger Things or British royal saga The Crown, whose reported $130 million budget is the most expensive TV production ever.

Hulus critically acclaimed The Handmaids Tale could bring the joint venture streaming platform its first major Emmys.

STILL IN THE RACE

Cable and traditional television are still forces to be reckoned with, though.

Traditional media companies are scrambling, saying: How do we beat back so much money being thrown at TV?' said Peter Csathy, chairman of media and technology advisory firm CREATV Media.

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