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It’s not uncommon to write a script or shoot a pilot on spec. Comedian Rob Schneider has gone much further. He’s shot an entire season of a new TV comedy, Real Rob. As the writer and star, he had total creative control... but also bore the entire financial burden. The only problem? He’s still looking for a distributor. Then, media analyst Rich Greenfield tells Kim Masters why “TV Everywhere” is a great concept in theory, but still having hiccups in reality. Greenfield recently chronicled the frustrating experience of trying to watch old seasons of the FX show The Americans.


Banner Image: Rob Schneider; Credit: Stephen Downes

Producers:
Kaitlin Parker

Hollywood News Banter 5 MIN, 34 SEC

Kim Masters is joined by Matt Belloni, Executive Editor of The Hollywood Reporter to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week.

- Marvel rules the superhero universe and other companies are scrambling to catch up
- Sony announced a Spider-Man villains spin-off and delays ‘Amazing Spider-Man 3’
- Zach Braff’s Kickstarter-funded ‘Wish I Was Here’ has a mediocre opening

Guests:
Matthew Belloni, Hollywood Reporter, Billboard (@THRMattBelloni)

More:
How Marvel Became the Envy (and Scourge) of Hollywood
Sony Delays ‘Amazing Spider-Man 3’ by Two Years
Specialty Box Office: Braff’s ‘Wish I Was Here’ Has OK Debut; ‘Boyhood’ Soars With Over $1 Million From Just 34 Theaters

‘Real Rob’ 12 MIN, 34 SEC

There’s a basic tenet in Hollywood that business is done with OPM: Other People’s Money. Rob Schneider is breaking this rule in a big way.

The Saturday Night live alum (who you may also know as Deuce Bigalow, Male Gigolo or The Hot Chick, among others) has created the new TV show Real Rob.

This time around he doesn’t have to deal with notes from network executives, but his project also has no network funding. Schneider is paying to make the series out of his own pocket and as of yet, he has no distributor.

Schneider plays an exaggerated version of himself and he’s cast his real-life wife and baby daughter in the show, too.

Guests:
Rob Schneider, actor and comedian (@RobSchneider)

More:
Rob Schneider is serious about making a sitcom on spec

TV (Not) Everywhere 9 MIN, 29 SEC

If you say you’re “watching TV”--that could mean a lot of things. Maybe you’re watching a series as it airs. Maybe you’ve recorded a show and you’re catching up by way of your DVR. Maybe you’re streaming Netflix on your television. Or maybe you’re using an app to watch “television” on your phone or tablet.

These multiple ways to get at content are part of the concept behind what media companies call “TV everywhere.” The idea is that you--the customer--should be able to get at shows you have paid to watch--generally through your cable bill--either on your TV or other screens, whenever you like.

Media analyst Rich Greenfield recently wrote on his blog about what happened when he tried it out. The results? Not great.

Greenfield also weighs in on Rupert Murdoch’s bid for Time Warner.

Guests:
Rich Greenfield, BTIG (@richBTIG)

More:
The False Promise of TV Everywhere
BTIG Research (free registration required)

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