D&D Movie/TV ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Live-Action Series Not Going Forward At Paramount+, Will Be Revamped & Shopped By Hasbro

Whizbang Dustyboots

Gnometown Hero
I expect a version of Paramount to survive as a brand (unlike Viacom for example).
Yeah, it's a hugely valuable and iconic brand. It would be incredibly dumb to get rid of it, so as long as Elon Musk doesn't buy it, I think that big mountain is going to keep showing up on screens, just like MGM's lion isn't going anywhere, despite its greatly reduced status.

EDIT: That said, if whoever buys it has their own streaming service, I suspect we'll see an uncomfortable smashing-together of streaming channel content. How prominent Paramount's name is on that service is an open question. David Zaslav was perfectly happy to take "HBO" off of "HBO Max," for instance.
 

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CommodoreKong

Explorer
P+ is actually profitable.

It's the traditional TV side that lost 100s of millions last quarter.

Paramount still loses hundreds of millions of dollars each quarter on streaming. They have been losing less lately but that's likely a combination of canceling a bunch of stuff and their ad revenue from FAST channels.

 

bedir than

Full Moon Storyteller
Paramount still loses hundreds of millions of dollars each quarter on streaming. They have been losing less lately but that's likely a combination of canceling a bunch of stuff and their ad revenue from FAST channels.

Counterpoint, the actual investment docs that are a legal doc


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Meech17

WotC President Runner-Up.
You know.. One angle that hasn't been touched on..

What about a high pressure business drama period piece?

INT. Gygax house, Lake Geneva, 1970's.

Camera floats down the steps into a smoky basement where a couple of guys are hastily taping together white boxes, saddlestapling booklets, etc. Lands on two men having a heated discussion.


Gygax: "That's the last straw Arneson! Pack your $&%* and hit the bricks!"

The other man makes a rude gesture and throws a stack of paperwork into the air and he storms off screen. Camera centers and zooms in on Gygax's face as paper slowly drifts down around him.

Gygax: "Things weren't always so tense between Dave and me.. Hell, this business used to be FUN. Things were different back then though."

FADE TO BLACK

EXT. Outside Horticultural Hall

TITLE: Lake Geneva, 1972

Music Cue: Green Onions by Booker T. & The M.G.s
 



I don't think even the best D&D module has a good of a story as a decent TV series.

If they want to be inspired by past content, great. (And they probably will be.) But I think making them feel beholden to a bunch of tournament modules written 40 years ago is needlessly tying one hand behind the writers' collective back.
I would expect huge artistic liberties to be taken, of course. I'm talking about a light framework with lots of room in the sandbox. So no hand tying other than to make sure it's recognizable as D&D. Fallout had to work within a framework, too.
 

bedir than

Full Moon Storyteller
Unironically.. Don't sleep on Pluto TV.. If you ever miss the mindless background noise of cable on TV.. It's perfect.
Pluto and Tubi are both regulars in the 10 most watched streaming networks. Both significantly higher than Apple despite the tech and Hollywood media insisting that Apple TV is relevant.
 

Whizbang Dustyboots

Gnometown Hero
Pluto and Tubi are both regulars in the 10 most watched streaming networks. Both significantly higher than Apple despite the tech and Hollywood media insisting that Apple TV is relevant.
Wild. I cannot even think of a show on Tubi, but I think everyone in America has heard of Ted Lasso (and maybe Severence, which is amazing).
 

Meech17

WotC President Runner-Up.
Pluto and Tubi are both regulars in the 10 most watched streaming networks. Both significantly higher than Apple despite the tech and Hollywood media insisting that Apple TV is relevant.
While most people don't miss their cable bill, I think a lot of people miss actual cable. Browsing Netflix queues isn't the same as surfing channels.

Streaming is great when you want to watch something specific.. But I know I'm not the only person who has sat down wanting to watching something and not knowing what.. Browsing MAX or Netflix or something for 10 minutes, and then giving up.

Pluto is great when I just want to veg out but don't have something in mind. Throw it on and flip through the channels. There's been a few times where I hit a movie or show on Pluto.. Get into it, and google to see if it's on any of the streaming services I have lol
 

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