Category: TV

Google Maps to Invest in Scripted Content

Google Maps is the latest mobile application to make a major push into content, announcing this morning that it would be investing “millions” into scripted drama.

“It’s the next obvious step to help engage our many millions of users all around the world,” said Google Maps newly-appointed head of content development Todd Gonzalez. “We’re hoping to build on the hugely successful and groundbreaking platform we’ve created to provide unique storytelling experiences.”

Google Map’s current cartographical and directional-based services would soon be expanded to include high-end drama and comedy, according to Bonzalez, who was recently hired from WhatsApp TV. 

“We’ve already been speaking to many of the top names in the industry about creating content for us. It’s a hugely exciting moment and we hope to be unveiling our first commissions soon.”

Bonzalez added that the content on Google Maps would likely be themed around its current services.

“Road dramas, comedies about travelling, police procedurals where the use of maps is common theme – shows that complement our already incredible roster of offerings,” he said.

The announcement from Google Maps follows hot the heels of similar moves towards scripted content from Instagram, Snapchat and Calculator.

‘Girls’ Spinoff ‘Boys’ Lands HBO Pilot Order


With its hit comedy series Girls set to draw to a close at the end of season six, HBO has begun exploring the possibility of expanding the hugely successful universe created by Lena Dunham.

The Hollywood Beagle has learned that network has handed out a pilot order to spin-off Boys, which is understood to be coming from an entirely different creative team.

“For too long men have been left on the sidelines of TV, forced to scrap over weak storylines and under-developed characters as women took center stage over and over again. It’s about time that we had a show focused on men that examined their day-to-day concerns in a realistic and non-patronising way,” said Boys writer and showrunner Milo Yiannopoulos.

IMDb Adopts JVDB Rating to Highlight Films Starring James Van Der Beek

JVDBThe Internet Movie Database (IMDb) has adopted the growing JVDB-rating, a classification system designed to highlight films and TV projects starring James Van Der Beek.

Since it was created two years ago, the JVDB-rating has been picked up by numerous film festivals and cinemas across the U.S. in a bid to showcase films featuring the former Dawson’s Creek star.

The move by IMDb now means that the website’s individual pages of Van Der Beek titles – including the likes of Varsity Blues, Standing Still, Final Draft and Formosa Betrayed – all come with the JVDB tag.

“It’s great that you can now use IMDb to browse shows and films starring James,” said Julie Welpsy, creator of the rating. “But I truly hope that we can soon reach a point where the JVDB-rating will become redundant as more stories we see on screen are told by and about James Van Der Beek.”

Netflix Reveals All Original Series Exist in Same Universe

OITNBNetflix’s entire line-up of original series exist in the same universe.

Chief content officer Ted Sarandos made the shock announcement this morning while speaking on a panel discussion in Shanghai, adding that there were plans to cross-pollinate characters across the SVOD giant’s various shows.

“It doesn’t much take much imagination to see how the likes of House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, Stranger Things, The OA, The Get Down, Narcos, The Crown, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and to a lesser extent, Daredevil and Sense8 could all exist simultaneously in the same world,” he told the audience at the annual TV Shanghai Connect conference.

“This was our vision when we began Netflix’s strategy of original programming, with the eventual aim of seeing our most beloved characters used across different shows.”

Although Sarandas claimed he was just “bouncing around some ideas,” he offered the audience a few suggestions for future cross-pollinated storylines.

“I can envisage Claire Underwood becoming a dominant figure in Litchfield Penitentiary should her spell in the White House be cut short, or perhaps Eleven adding some telekinetic spark to the House of Windsor,” he said. “And I’d love to see Kimmy’s housemate Titus Andromedon take a break from New York to become a Colombian drug lord.”