Netflix, Inc. Breaking Bad Earns Its First Ever BAFTA Award

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Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) won an International Award for Breaking Bad at the BAFTA Television awards on Sunday, says a report from Variety. A Sony Picture production, with television stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul was streamed online in the U.K. According to the fresh rules this year, online series were also eligible to run for awards from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) for the first time.

During the U.S. Academy of Television Arts and Science’s Emmy last summer, Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX)’s original series House of Cards won its first award.

Other winners

Crime series Broadchurch was nominated in three categories winning the BAFTA in the highly competitive drama series category. Olivia Colman won the BAFTA for leading actress for her performance as Ellie Miller, and co-star David Bradley won his first BAFTA for supporting actor. To date, Colman has won three awards in each of the performance categories.

Another series The IT Crowd won in both comedy and performance sections. Actors Richard Ayoade and Ketherine Parkinson won their first BAFTA for male and female performance in a comedy program.

The BAFTA for situation comedy went to Him & Her: The Wedding, the first of two awards won by BBC Three.

Sean Harris took away Best Actor award for his performance as Stephen Morton in Southcliffe, which is a drama about the small town’s shootings. The supporting actress award was given to Sarah Lancashire for the first time. It was her second nomination in as many years for her performance in BBC One’s popular drama, Last Tango in Halifax.

Netflix expanding globally

Separately, Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) is looking forward to entering Australia, giving a tough time to domestic service Seven Network. Furthermore, the company has already acquired a few subscribers there. However, local executives claim that Netflix has violated international regulations and accepted payment from around 50,000 to 200,000 Australian subscribers through their credit card holders despite a ‘geo block’ that is easy to violate by the internet users.

Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) is holding discussions about output deals for Australian content that can be streamed locally and in other markets. Also, the streaming company  has been long targeting Europe as its next expansion target, where currently it is facing some setbacks in deals with British cable provider Virgin Media to incorporate Netflix into subscription packages.

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