Entertainment Is 'Top Gear' Spinoff a Smart Move for Netflix or Hulu?

Discussion in 'The Howard Stern Show' started by HS Cult Leader, Jul 1, 2015.

  1. HS Cult Leader

    HS Cult Leader Elite Member Gold

    Reputations:
    101,846
    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2012
    Messages:
    13,105
    Likes Received:
    18,399
    Is 'Top Gear' Spinoff a Smart Move for Netflix or Hulu?
    By Matthew Rocco

    Published June 30, 2015
    FOXBusiness

    [​IMG]
    (BBC Worldwide 2013)

    The former hosts of “Top Gear” are free agents, and the heavyweights of streaming video may be interested in a spinoff of the popular car show.

    “Top Gear” has been crowned the most popular television program in the world, attracting 350 million global viewers each week. The final episode, which was initially scrapped by the BBC, aired Sunday and drew a peak audience of 5.8 million in the U.K.

    The BBC allowed host Jeremy Clarkson’s contract to expire following an altercation with a show producer. Fellow hosts Richard Hammond and James May are following Clarkson out the door after nearly 13 years on the air.

    Reports out of the U.K. have pegged Netflix (NFLX), Hulu and perhaps even Amazon.com (AMZN) as three potential landing spots, saying Clarkson, Hammond and May would like as much control over their new show as possible.

    A recent report by the Daily Mirror said British network ITV is also negotiating with the outgoing “Top Gear” crew. In that scenario, the hosts could still call the shots by producing the show on their own and selling it to ITV and U.S. streaming services for distribution.

    None of the Web video giants have confirmed their interest, though. Hulu is jointly owned by Walt Disney (DIS), 21st Century Fox (FOXA) and Comcast’s (CMCSA) NBC Universal. 21st Century Fox is the parent company of FOXBusiness.com.

    Rich Tullo, an analyst at Albert Fried & Co., believes a new version of “Top Gear”—BBC owns the rights to the show—would make more sense for Hulu than Netflix, saying the show’s format is closer to reality, not scripted, programming.

    “The question is do people want to binge watch reality? I don’t know if I want to binge Celebrity Wife Swap,” Tullo said.

    Clarkson, a member of “Top Gear’s” original run from 1978 to 2001, had his share of controversies. Prior to the “fracas” with the producer, Clarkson reportedly was told by BBC brass that he was down to his last strike.

    Fans of the show came out in force, with the highlight coming in March when a group drove a tank through the streets of London to deliver a petition to the BBC’s headquarters. The petition calling for the BBC to reinstate Clarkson currently has approximately 1.07 million signatures.

    But there’s no turning back for the BBC, which announced that British radio and TV personality Chris Evans will replace Clarkson as the main “Top Gear” host.

    While Clarkson has expressed regret over how his run at the BBC ended, the longtime TV personality and writer appears ready to prove his former bosses wrong.

    “Emerging networks have capitalized on bad boys or controversy,” said Ramsey Poston, president of communications firm Tuckahoe Strategies and former NASCAR spokesperson. “It seems like Clarkson really brought something special to ‘Top Gear.’ He still has a great deal of value.”

    Netflix’s reported interest may be linked to its ongoing expansion overseas. Early in June, Netflix announced plans to launch in Italy, Spain and Portugal later this year.

    As of April, just 20.88 million of the video streamer’s 62.27 million subscribers are international users. Netflix expects to add slightly less than two million new international subscribers in the current quarter alone.

    Netflix shares have soared 93% since the start of 2015, helped by optimism over original programming like “House of Cards.”

    Clarkson, Hammond and May might provide another boost for the subscription service. The trio attracted more than five-times the number of Netflix users around the world as the hosts of “Top Gear.” In the U.S., an average of 823,000 people watched the recent season of “Top Gear” on BBC America.

    Tullo predicted between 5 million and 10 million global viewers would tune in for a “Top Gear” spinoff on the Web, adding that it could work even better on cable, even in the U.S.

    “‘Top Gear’ is really a wildly popular show. People love it,” Tullo said. “I think they would do great on whatever network they go on.”
     
  2. johnfreeman1

    johnfreeman1 Well-Known Member

    Reputations:
    76,437
    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2015
    Messages:
    4,268
    Likes Received:
    11,359
    Would one of the most watched TV shows in the world be viewed on streaming services? wut
     
  3. Shithead

    Shithead Well-Known Member

    Reputations:
    91,835
    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2012
    Messages:
    13,366
    Likes Received:
    21,555
    Jeremy Clarkson makes homophobic slur before joking he and Richard Hammond have 'got jobs at last'
    • 08:12, 20 July 2015
    • By Nicola Agius
    The presenter posted a snap of he and his former Top Gear co-host onto Twitter in front of Margaret River Fudge Factory, underneath which he said they had become 'packers'

    [​IMG]
    Jeremy Clarkson makes homophobic slur
    Jeremy Clarkson has announced that he and pal Richard Hammond have bagged themselves new jobs.

    However, the 'news' sadly just turned out to just be an opportunity for the axed Top Gear host to make a homophobic slur rather than a sincere message.

    Taking to his Twitter account, he posted a snap of him and his good friend posing in front of Margaret River Fudge Factory.

    Underneath the image, he wrote: "We have got jobs at last. Here. As packers."



    Many of his followers were quick to pick up on the offensive "fudge packer" reference - and understandably, they weren't happy about it.

    "Continuing with the casual homophobia, @JeremyCLarkson, I see," wroter @pandymonium01. "Not into life-long learning?"

    Shortly afterwards, another Twitter user called @DickZucker responded: "@JeremyClarkson And.. you're fired again."

    While another unimpressed user of the social networking site @kayeadams simply commented: "Not funny."



    Splash [​IMG]
    Twitter users picked up on Jeremy's 'fudge packer' reference


    Jeremy is currently on the road with Richard and fellow Top Gear co-host James May for the Australian leg of their Clarkson, Hammond and May Live tour.

    During one of their live shows over the weekend, Jeremy hinted that the trio have been signed up by US giant Netflix to launch a new motoring series when he revealed they'd found a "new channel".

    It has been reported that Richard then nearly told the 15,000 strong audience which station they were joining but was stopped by his fellow presenters.
     
  4. johnfreeman1

    johnfreeman1 Well-Known Member

    Reputations:
    76,437
    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2015
    Messages:
    4,268
    Likes Received:
    11,359
    How is that a homophobic slur? People can't take a joke anymore
     
  5. Big Lar

    Big Lar VIP Extreme Gold

    Reputations:
    13,939
    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2012
    Messages:
    1,702
    Likes Received:
    2,363
    The world is filled with PC pussies.
     
  6. Woof

    Woof Liver Shots? VIP

    Reputations:
    14,629
    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2011
    Messages:
    5,832
    Likes Received:
    3,480
    We know the PC -no sense of Humor turds are the actual homophobes........We should tell'em Anal sex isn't just for gays and priests.
     
  7. Woof

    Woof Liver Shots? VIP

    Reputations:
    14,629
    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2011
    Messages:
    5,832
    Likes Received:
    3,480
    With no way to ship them to Syria.................FUCK!
     
  8. joemama

    joemama Well-Known Member

    Reputations:
    84,689
    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2014
    Messages:
    3,033
    Likes Received:
    8,293
    Would love a new show from these 3 on Netflix and I don't give a shit about any cars and loved Top Gear
     
  9. cah155

    cah155 Well-Known Member

    Reputations:
    -47,051
    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2012
    Messages:
    3,192
    Likes Received:
    1,817
    I'll follow wherever they go. One of the best shows of all time
     
  10. Tipsey Russell

    Tipsey Russell VIP Extreme Gold

    Reputations:
    124,049
    Joined:
    Nov 26, 2013
    Messages:
    10,972
    Likes Received:
    25,833
    if you've ever been near a fudge retailer and haven't made a fudge packer related joke then you've no sense of whimsy
     
    joemama likes this.