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Extra: Orchard picks “Take My Nose”; Alfred Haber takes “Grammys” special

The Orchard picks Take My Nose… Please! New York- and London-headquartered distributor The Orchard has acquired the North American digital rights to Joan Kron’s feature-length debut documentary Take My Nose… Please!. The 92-minute ...
October 23, 2017

The Orchard picks Take My Nose… Please!

New York- and London-headquartered distributor The Orchard has acquired the North American digital rights to Joan Kron’s feature-length debut documentary Take My Nose… Please!.

The 92-minute film (pictured), which premiered at the 2017 Miami Film Festival, follows comedians Emily Askin and Emmy-nominated Jackie Hoffman as they deliberate about going under the knife in order to examine the pressures women face to be attractive through the lens of comedy. The doc won the Audience Award at the festival.

Also featured in the film are female comedians Judy Gold, Julie Halston, Lisa Lampanelli and Giulia Rozzi, as well as surgeons, sociologists and cultural critics.

The Orchard will distribute the doc in the U.S. and Canada on all digital and on-demand platforms beginning Jan. 9. The film is currently finishing its Oscar-qualifying theatrical run in theaters in L.A. and New York.

Take My Nose… Please! is directed and produced by Kron, 89, a first-time filmmaker and former contributing editor-at-large at Allure Magazine for 25 years and former fashion reporter of the Wall Street Journal.

The film is executive produced by Bill Scheft and Adrianne Tolsch. Producers are Brian David Cange, W. Wilder Knight II and Andrea Miller.

The agreement was negotiated by W. Wilder Knight II of Pryor Cashman on behalf of the filmmakers and by Danielle DiGiacomo for The Orchard.

Albert Haber takes Grammys special

U.S. sales house Alfred Haber has secured the exclusive international distribution rights to one-off event Grammys Greatest Stories: A 6oth Anniversary Special. 

The two-hour primetime special celebrates some of the most memorable performances in the 59-year history of the GrammyAwards. The event includes rare footage and recently captured interviews by such artists as Christina Aguilera, Mary J. Blige, Celine Dion, Aretha Franklin, Dave Grohl, Elton John, Bruno Mars, Chris Martin, Paul McCartney, Ed Sheeran, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, U2 and Keith Urban.

Grammys Greatest Stories: A 6oth Anniversary Special premieres Nov. 24 at 9 p.m. ET/PT across the CBS Television Network.

Nielsen to measure SVOD viewership in U.S.

Ratings company Nielsen has unveiled a new product designed to provide insight into just how many people are actually tuning in to content on Netflix.

As of its launch, Nielsen Subscription Video on Demand Content Ratings will only measure Netflix viewership, using a proprietary system that works independently of the SVOD. The company says it has plans to expand to other platforms.

The new offering relies on proprietary technology and data from Nielsen’s national TV panel, which includes 44,000 households and 100,000 people across the U.S. The ratings information will be available to subscribers of the service, which so far include eight TV networks and production studios, such as A&E networks, Disney-ABC, Lionsgate, NBCUniversal and Warner Brothers. It will measure viewership through connected TV devices, such as gaming consoles, Roku and smart TVs.

For its part, Netflix says the Nielsen data won’t paint a clear picture of its user’s viewing habits. “The data that Nielsen is reporting is not accurate, not even close, and does not reflect the viewing of these shows on Netflix,” the company said in a statement.

While Nielsen began measuring streaming content in 2014, subscribers could only see viewership information about their own content. Now they’ll be able to see how their programs fare against their competitors’, including Netflix originals, Nielsen said. Subscribers will also be able to share that information publicly.

According to a release about the product offering, subscribers will have access to information comparable to linear TV data, including, reach, frequency and demographic reporting.

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