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Research

➢ Disney+’s US share of demand for digital original series peaked at 7.6% in December 2019 when “The Mandalorian” aired its series one finale.

➢ The series is still Disney+’s top original series debut. The next best release is “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” at 19x the popularity of the average US TV show in the 60 days post-premiere.

➢ When tracking pre-release demand for 2021’s “Wandavision,” Parrot Analytics found that the show has thus far managed to attract the equivalent of 64% of the pre-release demand for The Mandalorian.

(Source: Parrot Analytics)

Quotable

“[Reed Hastings] assured us all that he had no intention of producing his own content… it was clear where he was headed. If he didn’t understand [yet], he would… I tried when I chaired DirecTV to acquire Netflix, and that was when [Hastings} was struggling with getting rid of his old mail platform. What I saw was global scale.”

– Liberty Media founder and chairman John Malone describing his interactions with Reed Hastings in the earlier days of Netflix at the Paley Center’s virtual Paley International Council Summit

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