As the digital media landscape continually changes, so do the strategies of streamers- recently, this has meant more cancellations. For Warner Bros. Discovery, that means postponing films that have already been filmed and are close to being completed. Netflix followed suit earlier this week when they canceled Bad Crimes, an animated project from Greg Daniels and Mike Judge that was in production.
According to Variety, the FBI agent comedy series Bad Crimes was cancelled. The show featured Nicole Byer and Lauren Lapkus as they solved crimes together. There is no clear reason why the show was canned.
Why did Warner Bros. cancel the Batgirl movie?
To date, the most significant studio cancellation was Batgirl, which starred Leslie Grace and was expected to be released next year. According to studio statements, the movie did not fit with their new strategy and thus was pulled from release. Subsequent reports have suggested that the newly-formed media company cancelled the project so they could write it off as a loss on their taxes.
“The decision to not release Batgirl reflects our leadership’s strategic shift as it relates to the DC universe and HBO Max,” said a Warner Bros. spokesperson in a statement. “Leslie Grace is an incredibly talented actor and this decision is not a reflection of her performance. We are incredibly grateful to the filmmakers of Batgirl and Scoob! Holiday Haunt and their respective casts and we hope to collaborate with everyone again in the near future.”
Netflix is now taking steps to prevent password sharing.
Netflix is not only cancelling a lot of programs, it’s also going to start penalties for password sharing. Although the streamer has not yet announced its official plans, it says that password sharing costs it billions of dollars every year.
“This is a big opportunity as these households are already watching Netflix and enjoying our service,” the streamer wrote in an investors letter earlier this summer. “Sharing likely helped fuel our growth by getting more people to watch and enjoy Netflix. And we’ve always tried to make sharing within a member’s household easy, with features like profiles and multiple streams. While these have been well-received, they’ve created confusion about when and howNetflix can be shared with other households.”
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