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Stranger Things S4 cost $30 million per episode — no wonder Netflix is canceling so many shows

With subscribers leaving at an alarming rate and shares down more than 35% in recent days, it’s no secret that Netflix is ​​in trouble right now. One bright spot on the horizon is Stranger Things season 4 arriving next month – but now it looks like the hit show may actually be part of the problem.

Hidden in a lengthy Wall Street Journal article about the streaming service’s ongoing problems (as spotted by IGN), is a line that states that “the new season costs $30 million per episode, according to people close to the series”.

Nine episodes of the upcoming series, and assuming that figure is correct, totaling $270 million. Yes, $270 million for one season of the show.

Frankly, Stranger Things is a big deal for Netflix, and there’s every reason to be excited for a fourth season. The recently released Stranger Things season 4 trailer showed off a much bigger scope for the Hawkins kids, with new settings and characters, including the character played by Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger himself ).

It will also be the longest and most visually stunning season ever, as the series creators, the Duffer Brothers, explained in an open letter to fans.

“With nine scripts, over eight hundred pages, nearly two years of footage, thousands of VFX shots, and nearly double the length of previous seasons, Stranger Things 4 was the most challenging season ever, but also the most rewarding. “they wrote, before announcing that it would be published in two volumes as a result.

But still – $270 million? That would make it about as expensive to produce as Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, a movie that made over $1 billion at the box office. It also eclipses the $15 million per episode budget for the final season of Game of Thrones, and makes it nearly every other TV show to date. Avengers Endgame and Infinity War each cost over $500 million, so at least Stranger Things is “cheaper” than those films.

Considering that Netflix doesn’t have unlimited money and most of those who watch it will already be subscribers, that seems like an excessive amount.

Is Netflix spending its money wisely?

There’s a widespread feeling among subscribers that Netflix is ​​too quick to hit the cancel button, and Netflix’s list of canceled shows is only approaching 10 this year. Archive 81, The Baby-Sitters Club, Gentefied, and On the Verge were canceled in 2022, and the Bone animated series was reportedly shelved before the first episode aired.

Add to that list Will Smith’s film Bright 2, which was allegedly mined last week and apparently not the result of the Oscar slap in the face, and Raising Dion, which Netflix canceled despite scoring an 83% Rotten Tomatoes score.

We’ve written before, considering how disappointed this trend has been for us and the pros and cons of canceling Netflix ourselves, and it turns out we’re not alone. After all, Netflix just confirmed its first drop in subscribers in a decade, and competition for streaming is fiercer than ever.

The solution, for me at least, would be to create a killer library of must-watch shows that viewers can spend their time knowing their favorites will air appropriately.

Instead, Netflix’s plan appears to be to crack down on account sharing and introduce an ad-supported tier – none of which will be in a rush to renew subscribers. In fact, forcing account sharers to pay could drive away more customers.

Sure, Stranger Things is a popular Netflix series, and it’s great to have the five seasons of the show it deserves. But he’ll probably have to work hard to justify the $270 million that could have funded the excellent Archive 81 or many more seasons of Gentefied.

Either way, we’ll find out if it’s worth it when Volume 1 premieres on May 27.


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Stranger Things S4 cost $30 million per episode — no wonder Netflix is canceling so many shows

It’s no secret that Netflix is in trouble right now, with subscribers quitting at an alarming rate and the stock crashing by more than 35% in recent days. One bright spot on the horizon is the arrival of Stranger Things season 4 next month — but it now seems the hit show could actually be part of the problem.
Hidden away in a lengthy Wall Street Journal article about the streaming service’s ongoing problems (as spotted by IGN) is a line stating that the “new season has a per-episode cost of $30 million, according to people close to the show.”
With nine episodes in the forthcoming series, and assuming that figure is correct, that’s a staggering $270 million in total. Yes, $270 million for one season of one show.
Clearly, Stranger Things is a big deal for Netflix and there’s every reason to be excited for the fourth season. The recently released Stranger Things season 4 trailer showcased a much wider scope for the Hawkins kids, with new settings and new characters, including one played by Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger himself).  
It’s also set to be the longest and most visually spectacular season yet, as the show’s creators the Duffer Brothers revealed in an open letter to fans.
“With nine scripts, over eight-hundred pages, almost two years of filming, thousands of visual effects shots and a runtime nearly twice the length of any previous season, Stranger Things 4 was the most challenging season yet, but also the most rewarding one,” they wrote, before explaining that it would air in two volumes as a result.
But still — $270 million? That would make it roughly as expensive to produce as Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, a film that made more than $1 billion at the box office. It also dwarfs the $15m per episode budget for Game of Thrones’ final season and indeed virtually every other TV show, ever. Avengers Endgame and Infinity War each cost over $500 million to make, so at least Stranger Things is “cheaper” than those films. 
Given that Netflix doesn’t have an unlimited pot of cash, and that many of the people watching it will already be subscribers, that seems an excessive amount.
Is Netflix spending its money wisely?
There’s a widespread feeling among subscribers that Netflix is too quick to hit the cancel button, with the list of Netflix canceled shows already approaching 10 just this year. Archive 81, The Baby-Sitters Club, Gentefied and On the Verge have all been axed in 2022 and the animated series Bone has reportedly been scrapped before the first episode even aired. 
To that list you can add the Will Smith movie Bright 2, which was reportedly axed last week, and apparently not as a result of his Oscars slap incident, and Raising Dion, which Netflix just canceled despite it having an 83% Rotten Tomatoes score.
We’ve previously written about how this trend has left us frustrated and considering the pros and cons of canceling Netflix ourselves and it seems we’re not the only ones. After all, Netflix has just confirmed its first subscriber drop in a decade, and streaming competition is more fierce than ever.
The solution, to my mind at least, would be to build up a killer library of must-watch shows that viewers can invest their time in, safe in the knowledge that their favorites will get a proper run.
Instead, Netflix’s plan appears to be to crack down on account sharing and introduce an ad-funded tier — neither of which is likely to send subscribers rushing to renew. In fact, forcing those who are sharing accounts to pay could push more customers away from the service. 
Of course, Stranger Things is a popular Netflix show, and it’s great that it’s being given the full five-season run it deserves. But it’s going to have to work very hard to justify that $270m, which presumably could have funded many more seasons of the excellent Archive 81 or Gentefied.
Either way, we’ll find out whether it was worth it when volume 1 premieres on May 27.

#Stranger #cost #million #episode #Netflix #canceling #shows

Stranger Things S4 cost $30 million per episode — no wonder Netflix is canceling so many shows

It’s no secret that Netflix is in trouble right now, with subscribers quitting at an alarming rate and the stock crashing by more than 35% in recent days. One bright spot on the horizon is the arrival of Stranger Things season 4 next month — but it now seems the hit show could actually be part of the problem.
Hidden away in a lengthy Wall Street Journal article about the streaming service’s ongoing problems (as spotted by IGN) is a line stating that the “new season has a per-episode cost of $30 million, according to people close to the show.”
With nine episodes in the forthcoming series, and assuming that figure is correct, that’s a staggering $270 million in total. Yes, $270 million for one season of one show.
Clearly, Stranger Things is a big deal for Netflix and there’s every reason to be excited for the fourth season. The recently released Stranger Things season 4 trailer showcased a much wider scope for the Hawkins kids, with new settings and new characters, including one played by Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger himself).  
It’s also set to be the longest and most visually spectacular season yet, as the show’s creators the Duffer Brothers revealed in an open letter to fans.
“With nine scripts, over eight-hundred pages, almost two years of filming, thousands of visual effects shots and a runtime nearly twice the length of any previous season, Stranger Things 4 was the most challenging season yet, but also the most rewarding one,” they wrote, before explaining that it would air in two volumes as a result.
But still — $270 million? That would make it roughly as expensive to produce as Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, a film that made more than $1 billion at the box office. It also dwarfs the $15m per episode budget for Game of Thrones’ final season and indeed virtually every other TV show, ever. Avengers Endgame and Infinity War each cost over $500 million to make, so at least Stranger Things is “cheaper” than those films. 
Given that Netflix doesn’t have an unlimited pot of cash, and that many of the people watching it will already be subscribers, that seems an excessive amount.
Is Netflix spending its money wisely?
There’s a widespread feeling among subscribers that Netflix is too quick to hit the cancel button, with the list of Netflix canceled shows already approaching 10 just this year. Archive 81, The Baby-Sitters Club, Gentefied and On the Verge have all been axed in 2022 and the animated series Bone has reportedly been scrapped before the first episode even aired. 
To that list you can add the Will Smith movie Bright 2, which was reportedly axed last week, and apparently not as a result of his Oscars slap incident, and Raising Dion, which Netflix just canceled despite it having an 83% Rotten Tomatoes score.
We’ve previously written about how this trend has left us frustrated and considering the pros and cons of canceling Netflix ourselves and it seems we’re not the only ones. After all, Netflix has just confirmed its first subscriber drop in a decade, and streaming competition is more fierce than ever.
The solution, to my mind at least, would be to build up a killer library of must-watch shows that viewers can invest their time in, safe in the knowledge that their favorites will get a proper run.
Instead, Netflix’s plan appears to be to crack down on account sharing and introduce an ad-funded tier — neither of which is likely to send subscribers rushing to renew. In fact, forcing those who are sharing accounts to pay could push more customers away from the service. 
Of course, Stranger Things is a popular Netflix show, and it’s great that it’s being given the full five-season run it deserves. But it’s going to have to work very hard to justify that $270m, which presumably could have funded many more seasons of the excellent Archive 81 or Gentefied.
Either way, we’ll find out whether it was worth it when volume 1 premieres on May 27.

#Stranger #cost #million #episode #Netflix #canceling #shows


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