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Season Four!!!

HBO has officially renewed GAME OF THRONES for a fourth season. (And I'm almost finished with the first draft of my script. No, sorry, not going to tell you which one it is).

Record ratings for our season three premiere, "Valar Dohaeris."

Also (sigh) record levels of piracy.

On other topics... no, no, Peter Dinklage is NOT being replaced by Warwick Davis in the role of Tyrion. That was just HBO's little April Fools joke. (I was so busy I forgot to make my own April Fools joke). So calm down, boys and girls. Peter is still with us.


Apr. 11th, 2013 06:06 pm (UTC)
Re: Piracy
It's great that you buy the Blu-Rays, but what you have to understand is that HBO's subscription-based revenue model is what makes projects such as "Game of Thrones" possible without the creators having to compromise on many things or water down the content.

Other networks rely on sponsors & ratings for revenue.

The sponsors come with decency requirements since they want to sell their products to mid-west Christian soccer moms as much as they do you and I. If a show has content that is too graphic & vulgar, sponsors are afraid that potential customers will turn away from their products because they are supporting something they are offended by.

Dependence on ratings (in order to keep sponsors interested in buying commercial time) comes with required input from marketing people (who are much more interested in the results of focus groups and demographics than they are in quality, creative content).

HBO is by no means perfect or devoid of these detracting factors, but they are far, far less prevalent due to the guaranteed revenue from subscriptions. This also is what makes it possible for HBO to take chances on concepts that go against the grain & may or may not catch on, but show potential (see "Six Feet Under", "Big Love", and certainly "Game of Thrones").

You might not like everything on HBO, but look at paying for a subscription as a right to entertainment that is uncompromisingly artistic and original.


George R.R. Martin
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