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Former Netflix Engineer Sentenced to Two Years in Prison for Insider Trading

Former Netflix Engineer Sentenced to Two Years in Prison for Insider Trading

BY J. CLARA CHAN | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Business Sung Mo Jun, 49, was also given a $15,000 fine for leading an insider trading ring that brought in more than $3 million in profit based on information about Netflix's subscriber growth. A former Netflix engineer was sentenced to two years in prison and given a $15,000 fine for his role in leading an insider trading ring based on private information about the streaming giant’s subscriber growth, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Washington said on Friday. The former engineer, Sung Mo Jun, pleaded guilty to securities fraud in August. During…
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Sandra Bullock in Netflix’s ‘The Unforgivable’: Film Review

Sandra Bullock in Netflix’s ‘The Unforgivable’: Film Review

BY DAVID ROONE | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Entertainment Vincent D’Onofrio, Viola Davis, Jon Bernthal and Rob Morgan also star in this redemption drama about a damaged woman navigating her freedom after 20 years in prison. A strong cast and tightly focused direction make The Unforgivable an engrossing enough redemption drama, though this Americanized feature adaptation of British TV writer Sally Wainwright’s 2009 miniseries, Unforgiven, doesn’t always benefit from its condensed plotting. A deglammed Sandra Bullock headlines as Ruth Slater, an ex-con attempting to find a quiet place in the free world, who wants only to reconnect with her younger sister after serving 20 years…
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Netflix Changes How It Measures Its Daily Top 10

Netflix Changes How It Measures Its Daily Top 10

BY RICK PORTER | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Entertainment The on-screen list of top titles will be supplemented by a website showing the leading titles in a host of territories. In its third quarter earnings, Netflix announced it would change how it reports viewing metrics. The public facing aspect of that switch goes into effect Tuesday. The streamer says it’s changing the way it reports its in-app top 10 lists, and it will supplement those local lists with a website showing top titles in more than 90 countries. The rankings will now be based on the total number of hours viewed for a given title, rather…
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Netflix’s ‘Cowboy Bebop’: TV Review

Netflix’s ‘Cowboy Bebop’: TV Review

BY ANGIE HAN | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Entertainment John Cho, Mustafa Shakir and Daniella Pineda lead a live-action adaptation of the classic anime series about a ragtag band of intergalactic bounty hunters in the year 2071. What’s the point of adapting Cowboy Bebop in live action? That’s the question I found myself asking over and over during the roughly 10 hours of Netflix’s new series, and it’s one I grew to suspect its creators had spent too little time asking themselves before they took the plunge. As far as it’s possible to tell, their line of thinking seems to have been…
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Fired Netflix Staffer Files Labor Complaint Alleging Company Is Trying to Stop Employees From “Speaking Up”

Fired Netflix Staffer Files Labor Complaint Alleging Company Is Trying to Stop Employees From “Speaking Up”

BY J. CLARA CHAN | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Business B. Pagels-Minor and Terra Field have alleged that the streaming giant retaliated against them for protesting Netflix's actions around the Dave Chappelle special 'The Closer.' A fired Netflix employee and current software engineer at the streamer have filed a labor charge with the National Labor Relations Board alleging that Netflix retaliated against them for “speaking up” against Netflix’s handling of the Dave Chappellecomedy special, The Closer. The charge, filed on Wednesday and first reported by The Verge on Friday, was submitted on behalf of B. Pagels-Minor, a former Netflix program manager who was fired for allegedly leaking company…
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Netflix Adds 4.4M New Subscribers in Third Quarter, Surpassing Projections

Netflix Adds 4.4M New Subscribers in Third Quarter, Surpassing Projections

BY J. CLARA CHAN | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Digital #Business The streaming giant projected it would add 3.5 million new subscribers in Q3. Netflix added 4.4 million new subscribers in the third quarter of 2021 for a total of 214 million paid subscribers. The subscriber adds surpass Netflix’s modest projections that it would add 3.5 million subscribers in Q3. Last quarter, the company saw its total subscriber base increase by 1.5 million, though Netflix lost around 400,000 subscribers in the U.S. and Canada. In Q1, the company failed to meet its projections, adding only 4 million new subscribers — 2 million short of…
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Netflix Taps PepsiCo’s Sergio Ezama As Chief Talent Officer

Netflix Taps PepsiCo’s Sergio Ezama As Chief Talent Officer

BY J. CLARA CHAN | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Digital The executive replaces Jessica Neal and will begin at the streamer in September. Netflix has hired PepsiCo’s Sergio Ezama as the streamer’s next chief talent officer, a company spokesperson confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter on Friday. Ezama will begin at Netflix in mid-September after serving as PepsiCo’s global chief talent officer and chief human resources officer. At the streaming company, Ezama will begin remotely from New York but will ultimately work out of Netflix’s multiple global offices. Ezama will replace Jessica Neal, who left Netflix in April after a total of 12 years at the…
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Netflix to Require COVID-19 Vaccinations On All U.S. Productions

Netflix to Require COVID-19 Vaccinations On All U.S. Productions

BY BRYN SANDBERG | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT The move, which applies to Zone A on film and TV sets, comes as the Delta variant spreads. Netflix is making COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory on its U.S. productions — at least in Zone A, the part on  set with actors. The move makes the streamer the first major studio to institute a blanket vaccination policy. A source says Netflix is closely following the recently updated return-to-work protocols agreed upon by the guilds and studios, which says that the industry may mandate vaccinations in Zone A on a project-by-project basis. The new standards were agreed to…
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What Will Netflix Bet On Beyond Subscriptions?

What Will Netflix Bet On Beyond Subscriptions?

BY GEORG SZALAI | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT Ahead of its July 20 earnings, the streaming giant has signaled moves into video games, events and merchandise. It won’t just be all about subscribers and financials in Netflix’s quarterly earnings report and call on Tuesday, July 20. Wall Street and Hollywood will also be closely watching for management to potentially provide commentary, or at least a signal, on a direction on any new business initiatives, such as unveiled steps into video games and merchandise. Since June, Netflix has opened an online store — where it sells items based on properties like Stranger Things, The Witcher and Bridgerton — hired an executive, Mike…
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Netflix Hires Researcher Paul Debevec to Oversee Emerging Technology Team (Exclusive)

Netflix Hires Researcher Paul Debevec to Oversee Emerging Technology Team (Exclusive)

BY CAROLYN GIARDINA | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT Debevec, whose work contributed to the making of films from 'Gravity' to 'Avatar,' will serve as director of research at the streamer. Respected researcher Paul Debevec has joined Netflix as director of research, a newly created role on the streaming services’ data science and engineering team. He will additionally continue his responsibilities as an adjunct research professor of computer science at USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering, working within the Vision and Graphics Laboratory at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies. At Netflix, Debevec will oversee research and development around new technologies in computer vision, computer graphics and machine learning,…
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