In this episode, we talk about…

  • How the British government has begun demanding data from streaming services about how many people are watching their shows.
  • How the movie industry’s data—like box office numbers—has always been public, but streaming services have been very secretive about their data.
  • How Netflix wants control over which of their numbers come out and when.
  • How YouTube has very public data which has resulted in lawsuits when the metrics changed.
  • How this data could be used to help artists and creators—but also how data isn’t always useful, especially if not interpreted with sophistication.
  • Whether actors should be allowed to lie about their height.
  • How this all stemmed from a tweet about male actors exaggerating their heights, which caused some controversy on Twitter.
  • When height can matter and when it shouldn’t.
  • Tech news this week is pretty quiet—but tune back next week for a deep dive into Blackmagic!
  • A follow-up question from when Charles recently mentioned his job reading scripts, and specific reasons he found certain scripts subpar.
  • How, many times, the script reader won’t read the entire script, but rather some of the beginning and some of the end.
  • Why you really need to write about what interests you.

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This episode of The No Film School Podcast was produced by George Edelman and Charles Haine. 

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