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Steven Zeitchik
Entertainment business writer at The Washington Post. Film/TV/music/sports junkie, politics enthusiast, Connect Four grandmaster-in-training. Just curl, baby.
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Steven Zeitchik 7h
I thought you were raising Cain in Hollywood in those days
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Steven Zeitchik 7h
Replying to @iamthepuma
This is some anecdote. And evidence that 80% of great journalism happens on the bathroom line.
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Steven Zeitchik 7h
Replying to @nathanaward1
I'd say you're one of 31 million but we both know you're much better than that
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Steven Zeitchik 11h
Replying to @KennethTuran
I do phone but same diff. Automated voice-to-text transcription feels like it will be common before long, and problematically so
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Steven Zeitchik 11h
Well that's another problem
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Steven Zeitchik 11h
The 2nd is that at least there outside parties could contradict them, and thus there's a prophylactic effect. There's reason for studios to be straightforward, bc they can get called out if they're not. Netflix has no such check. The only company that knows is Netflix.
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Steven Zeitchik 11h
More seriously though, the short answer is you're right, we don't. But there are two distinctions. The first is we don't determine the entire success of a Disney product based on marginal numbers (unlike Netflix). (1/x)
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Steven Zeitchik 11h
Well, Aladdin grossed $4m in Thailand, so if they're exaggerating they're doing a bad job!
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Steven Zeitchik 11h
Am not saying they're not true. Am not saying they are. Am just saying there's only one source. And it's the one with a vested interest in the result.
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Steven Zeitchik 11h
As for other numbers, a couple things. Those used in ent most often -- Rentrak, Nielsen -- are monitored from the outside. And even some of the others at least involve multiple parties. Netflix is a closed system; there is quite literally no oversight.
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Steven Zeitchik 11h
Did they specify 70 percent here? I'm not convinced.
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Steven Zeitchik 11h
Replying to @ZeitchikWaPo
Additionally, and maybe most importantly: I thought Netflix doesn’t care about traditional metrics like opening weekends
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Steven Zeitchik 11h
Three problems here: 1. “Watched."Does this include the many who turned it off a few minutes in? (Seemed to be a lot, judging by my timeline) 2. “Opening weekend." Really? 3. How do we know any of these numbers are real?
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Steven Zeitchik 12h
Amazing. And a sign of the times. In the future they'll just display late critics' Kindles.
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Steven Zeitchik 16h
Cool move: HBO says it will give a primetime slot Thursday to a re-airing of Nothing Left Unsaid, Liz Garbus’ Gloria Vanderbilt-Anderson Cooper documentary from 2016
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Steven Zeitchik 17h
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Steven Zeitchik Jun 17
Replying to @Moss_Cohen
Better than the movie's _box office _
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Steven Zeitchik Jun 17
Replying to @mattdpearce
You're tantalizingly close to the La La Land opening
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Steven Zeitchik Jun 17
Replying to @blowryontv
I have a vague memory of you presenting
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Steven Zeitchik Jun 17
Replying to @ZeitchikWaPo
(Better than the movie, certainly)
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