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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 canceling at an alarming rate and stock prices have plummeted more than 35% in the past few days. One of the bright spots on the horizon is the arrival of Season 4 of Stranger Things next month. But now it looks like the hit series could actually be part of the problem.

A lengthy Wall Street Journal article on the ongoing problems of streaming services (caught by IGN) states that “according to those close to the show, a new season will cost $30 million per season.” The phrase “episode cost” is hidden.

Assuming the upcoming series has 9 episodes and that number is correct, that’s a total of $270 million. Yes, that’s $270 million for one season in the series.

Of course, Stranger Things means a lot to Netflix and we have every reason to look forward to season 4. The recently released Stranger Things season 4 trailer showed a much wider scope for Hawkins kids with new settings and new characters, including one played by Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger himself).

It will also be the longest and most visually stunning season of all time, revealed in an open letter to fans by the show’s creators, the Duffer Brothers.

“With nine scripts, over 800 pages, nearly two years of filming, thousands of visual effects scenes, and a running time that is almost twice as long as the previous season, Stranger Things 4 was the most challenging but also the most rewarding season. It was a season. ,” he wrote, explaining that it would be broadcast in two volumes.

But still – $270 million? That would cost as much to make as the movie Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which grossed over $1 billion at the box office. It also dwarfs the final season of Game of Thrones and the $15 million per episode budget of almost every other TV show. Avengers Endgame and Infinity War cost over $500 million each, so at least Stranger Things is “cheaper” than those movies.

Considering that Netflix doesn’t have unlimited cash and many viewers are already subscribers, this seems like an overkill.

Is Netflix Spending Money Wisely?

With Netflix’s list of canceled shows already approaching 10 this year, it’s widespread among subscribers that Netflix presses the cancel button too soon. Archive 81, The Baby-Sitters Club, Gentefied and On The Verge were all canceled in 2022, and the animated series Bone was reportedly canceled even before the first episode aired.

You could add Will Smith’s movie Bright 2 to that list. The film was scrapped last week and apparently it doesn’t appear to be the result of his Oscar slap. And you could add Raising Dion, which Netflix canceled despite Rotten Tomatoes scoring 83%. .

We’ve already written about how frustrating this trend is, we’ve considered the pros and cons of canceling Netflix itself, and it seems we’re not the only ones. After all, Netflix has seen its first drop in subscribers in a decade, and the competition for streaming is fiercer than ever.

The solution, at least in my opinion, is to build a killer library of must-see shows where viewers can safely invest their time knowing that their favorite shows are up and running.

Instead, Netflix’s plans appear to crack down on account sharing and introduce an ad-supported layer. Neither will make subscribers rush to renew. In fact, more customers may drop out of service if the people who share the account have to pay a fee.

Of course, Stranger Things is a popular Netflix show, and it’s nice to have all five seasons that deserve it. But to justify $270 million, you have to work very hard. This amount probably supported more seasons of the excellent Archive 81 or Gentefied.

In any case, the first release on May 27 will tell you if it was worth it.


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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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