Monday, February 04, 2013

House of Cards May Signal a Wider Shift in Producing TV

An Internet firm like Netflix producing first-rate content takes us across a psychological line. If Netflix succeeds as a producer, other companies will follow and start taking market share. Maybe Amazon will go beyond its tentative investments and throw a hundred million at a different A-list series, or maybe Hulu will expand its ambitions for original content, or maybe the next great show will come from someone with a YouTube channel. When that happens, the baton passes, and empire falls—and we will see the first fundamental change in the home-entertainment paradigm in decades

(from "House of Cards" and the Decline of Cable). The traditional ways shows have gotten funded and green-lit may be shifting, yet there is still a lot of work to be had with the old school networks. More options is a good thing for actors. And new media is becoming more vital and a legitimate source of income everyday.

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this posted by David August at 4:47 PM 

comments: "When that happens, the baton passes, and empire falls—and we will see the first fundamental change in the home-entertainment paradigm in decades"

Lonelygirl15 was the fundamental change. The World just has not recognized it yet. The rest are just following on.

# posted by Blogger modelmotion : 6:00 PM  

@modelmotion, you're not wrong. I think the shift here is that House of Cards is almost the first to use established, very well known cast and directors to make a show that is almost indistinguishable from shows being made for cable and TV. The budget is also comparable. Lonelygirl15 was clearly an inflection point, but didn't have the resources or international stars this shows does. Also, Lonelygirl15 could not have worked expect on the web, whereas House of Cards could have been done almost exactly as it was by more traditional outlets. The new outlet eclipsing the old is I think the point they are trying to make.

# posted by Blogger David August : 7:39 PM  

"Lonelygirl15 was the fundamental change"

Lonelygirl15 was also the waitress in episode 9 of House of Cards.

# posted by Anonymous Anonymous : 7:05 PM  

@Anonymous, interesting connection.

# posted by Blogger David August : 8:03 PM  

@Anonymous, turns out that Jessica Lee Rose, who played Lonelygirl15, was not in the first season of House of Cards.

# posted by Blogger David August : 9:22 AM  

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