Boy I have to agree with this tweet! Great speech by Kevin Spacey and it is appropriate for the future of the movie making industry as well as TV. I am doing a lot more time shifting and watching TV shows as if they were movies jamming many episodes together. Makes things a lot easier to follow sometimes!
Are you binging on shows? Is netflix doing it the right way?
— Lee Steffen (@leesteffen) August 24, 2013
Kevin Spacey rocks TV
Double Oscar-winner Kevin Spacey has challenged TV channels to give “control” to their audiences or risk losing them at his address at the James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture at the Edinburgh Television Festival.
The Hollywood star, whose recent foray into television — House Of Cards — has been a commercial and critical hit after it was released on streaming service Netflix, said there was a danger of “thinking that something which is working now will necessarily work a year from now”.
Spacey, who gave the keynote James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture at the Edinburgh Television Festival this evening, said: “Clearly the success of the Netflix model — releasing the entire season of House Of Cards at once — has proved one thing: the audience wants control. They want freedom. If they want to binge — as they’ve been doing on House Of Cards — then we should let them binge.”
The actor said that way of working “demonstrated that we have learned the lesson that the music industry didn’t learn — give people what they want, when they want it, in the form they want it in, at a reasonable price, and they’ll more likely pay for it rather than steal it”.
Spacey, who starred in and was also executive producer on the show which was nominated for nine Emmy Awards, warned the audience of media executives that “labels” were becoming meaningless and they risked being “left behind”.
He said: “If you watch a TV show on your iPad is it no longer a TV show? The device and length are irrelevant … For kids growing up now there’s no difference watching Avatar on an iPad or watching YouTube on a TV and watching Game Of Thrones on their computer. It’s all content. It’s all story.”
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