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Netflix will raise another $1.5 billion in debt to fund content and other ‘strategic transactions’

Netflix has announced plans to raise another $1.5 billion in debt for “general corporate purposes” such as content, acquisitions, and capital expenditure, among other “strategic transactions,” according to a statement issued by the company. – Paul Sawers, VentureBeat

Amazon Studios Lands Biopic on Bass Reeves, First Black U.S. Deputy Marshal, From ‘The Rider’ Helmer Chloé Zhao

Amazon Studios will be the studio behind Chloé Zhao’s untitled Bass Reeves biopic, a historical Western about the first black U.S. Deputy Marshal. – Amanda N’Duka, Deadline Hollywood

Researchers achieve HD video streaming at 10,000 times lower power

The group’s system uses 1,000 to 10,000 times less power than current streaming technology. But it still has a small battery that supports continuous operation. The next step is to make wireless video cameras that are completely battery-free, said Smith, who is the Milton and Delia Zeutschel Professor for Entrepreneurial Excellence. – Sarah McQuate, University of Washington

Idris Elba’s Netflix show is ‘Charles in Charge’ with turntables

The half-hour show has Idris Elba playing a “struggling” single DJ (fitting given his extensive DJ background) who gets another chance when he becomes the caretaker for a famous friend’s rebellious daughter. Basically, it’s Charles in Charge with mixing and scratching. There’s no release date yet, but production on the first eight-episode season starts in May. – Jon Fingas, Engadget

‘Downton Abbey’ Creator Julian Fellowes Teams With Netflix for ‘The English Game’

Netflix is partnering with Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes for a new soccer origins drama, The English Game. Fellowes will write the six-part drama detailing the invention of modern soccer from a rudimentary game that grew across class lines into the world’s most popular sport with 240 million active players around the world. Netflix is producing with London-based 42. – Ariston Anderson, The Hollywood Reporter

Netflix Picks Up Monster Drama Series ‘The Order’

The streaming giant has handed out a 10-episode, straight-to-series order for The Order. The project revolves around college freshman Jack Morton, who joins a fabled secret society, The Order, where he is thrust into a world of magic, monsters and intrigue. As Jack goes deeper, he uncovers dark family secrets and an underground battle between werewolves and the magical dark arts. The Order is described as a magical and terrifying journey to uncover everyone’s true selves … and the monsters that hide within. – Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter

Hulu Lands Fyre Festival Debacle Docuseries

The streaming service has picked up a multi-part doc about the Fyre Festival — the ultra-luxury music festival gone wrong — that is being developed by Billboard (a sister company to The Hollywood Reporter), Mic and The Cinemart. The untitled docuseries, slated for 2019, will examine what really happened behind the scenes and the ongoing investigation into the failed music festival that was set to take place on a private Bahamian island, exposing what went wrong and who is to blame. – The Hollywood Reporter
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