Monday, August 26, 2013

Kevin Spacey on the Advent of Good TV

Kevin Spacey on the Advent of Good TV,

For more information visit: Kevin Spacey Laments Lack Of Ballsy TV Execs In Wide-Ranging MacTaggart Lecture

Kevin Spacey, excerpts from Edinburgh 2013:

“And the audience has spoken: they want stories. They’re dying for them. They are rooting for us to give them the right thing. And they will talk about it, binge on it, carry it with them on the bus and to the hairdresser, force it on their friends, tweet, blog, Facebook, make fan pages, silly Jifs and god knows what else about it, engage with it with a passion and an intimacy that a blockbuster movie could only dream of. All we have to do is give it to them. The prize fruit is right there. Shinier and juicier than it has ever been before. So it will be all the more shame on each and every one of us if we don’t reach out and seize it.”

“If someone can watch an entire season of a TV series in one day, doesn’t that show an incredible attention span? When the story is good enough, people can watch something three times the length of an opera. We can make NO ASSUMPTIONS about what viewers want or how they want to experience things. We must observe, adapt, and TRY NEW THINGS to discover appetites we didn’t know were there.”

Aside from being inspired by a great actor, take note of the increased consumption rate of entertainment due to Netflix's season-packages. The fact that more people will be ready to move onto the next thing quicker should mean that demand for new narrative content is through the roof. But with all that demand, who's qualified to deliver? What have you been doing lately?

Let's get what we came for,
C.M. Sanchez III