NBC Reality Chief Paul Telegdy Says Netflix Isn’t a Threat to the Broadcast Nets in Reality TV — Here’s Why

Mar 30, 2017  •  Post A Comment

Paul Telegdy, president of NBC Entertainment’s Alternative and Reality Group, talked about Netflix’s move into reality as part of a wide-ranging interview with The Hollywood Reporter, downplaying the threat posed by Netflix.

Telegdy explained that the Netflix model, which he sees as essentially a binge-watching model, doesn’t lend itself to reality programming.

“I watch a lot of Netflix,” Telegdy told the publication. “It’s a great mousetrap, and there’s some good cheese in there.”

Then he added: “But my understanding is that the majority of their viewing is done by people who sequentially watch something until it’s finished. That’s not how reality shows are consumed. They live contemporaneously. Imagine that this season of ‘The Bachelor’ was a binge show. It just wouldn’t be a thing, would it?”

Telegdy also talked during the interview about the Arnold Schwarzenegger-Donald Trump feud over NBC’s “The Apprentice,” along with a range of other topics. Click on the link near the top of this story to read the full interview.

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