Media and entertainment are changing in exciting ways: new players, new technologies, new ways to watch and interact. In CNBC’s Binge, Carl Quintanilla helps viewers understand this phenomenon through the eyes of those making the content – the directors, producers and stars behind everything you love to binge.
· Imagine's Brian Grazer (Beautiful Mind, Parenthood) explains why the economics of network TV remain so compelling, despite the rise of streaming video. He discusses how Hollywood film actors slowly migrated to television, then cable, then over-the-top platforms (and why Gary Sinise was one of the first). Grazer also runs through the merits of producing for Netflix, a platform that gives producers neither production "notes" nor traditional ratings results.
· Bravo's Andy Cohen explains why "Real Housewives" marathons were the original binge-TV moment, and why the network first ran multiple episodes back to back, years ago. He tells us why he'd be okay if social media all went away one day, and we could "go back to living our lives" -- and why he wouldn't ask Donald Trump to appear on Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live."
· Producer Jane Rosenthal (of Tribeca Films and Robert De Niro's partner), goes in-depth on how Vine and Snapchat changed the modern film festival. She also evaluates the long-term worth of virtual reality -- and whether that nascent technology will truly turn into a medium for filmmakers and producers.
· TV sitcom maestro Garry Marshall (of "Happy Days", "Mork & Mindy", and rom-com's "Pretty Woman" and "Beaches"), tells us the exact moment in which to pitch executives with your proposed TV pilot. He talks about the network TV trend of bringing back old sitcoms -- and which one of his own he'd revive. And hey, whatever happened to the catchy TV theme song?
· Producer Jason Blum (of Saw, Paranormal Activity) talks the science behind those jump-out-of-your-seat moments in horror films, and what they're called in Hollywood-speak. Blum explains how he changed the financial model of Hollywood by stripping out high salaries and actors' perks -- and created the "moneyball" of the film industry.