FAANG Changing Pilot Season

Streamers are putting pressure on Broadcast networks to lure bigger stars with more money.

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It’s Not All About The Benjamins

A traditional broadcast show consists of 22–25 episodes per season. This is a large commitment for a star that wants to maintain a movie career as well. When Kevin Bacon signed on to The Following and Viola Davis agreed to star in How To Get Away With Murder, networks agreed that the pair would only need to be in about 13 episodes per season. Davis would eventually agree to 15 episodes to help with her show’s storytelling format.

Awards Appeal

Over the past several decades, broadcast networks have seen their Emmy appeal dwindle. Hotshots like HBO began to steal their thunder and take away nominations from shows that appealed to a mass audience.

Money Does Matter

It’s an actor’s dream come true. Streamers and Networks are battling for the highest-profile star they can get. And both competitors realize that at the end of the day, awards and scheduling won’t matter if the price is right.

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