Binge Watching With Legends Global Sales VP & GM Todd Fleming
This week, THE DAILY caught up with Legends Global Sales VP & GM TODD FLEMING to break down what's on the '18 SBJ "Forty Under 40" honoree's watch list. Some responses have been edited for clarity and brevity:
- The show that I have been the most pleased with has been "#BLACKAF" from KENYA BARRIS, who is a writer and producer involved with "BARBERSHOP: THE NEXT CUT," "GIRLS TRIP" and ABC's "BLACK-ISH." What drew me to "#blackAF" was the cast, and also to see how Barris would use the Netflix platform compared to a traditional show on ABC. Spoiler alert: He did not disappoint! The use of comedy to discuss race and culture in America might not feel like the right approach, but it helped me discuss these topics with my wife and kids (our 20-year-old watched, but the 12- and 10-year-olds did not) in a way that didn’t feel so uncomfortable.
- "SUNDERLAND 'TIL I DIE" is an amazing, transparent look at what football means around the globe, and what happens to both clubs and their fanbases in an uncertain situation, such as relegation. Anyone who has ever thought about working internationally should watch this show ASAP. This one really hit home. The world of international football can be a cruel adventure on the cities where these teams play and their fanbases live. More than anything, it taught me true fandom is still a real thing in this world. If we take care of the fans, they will support their team or club no matter the situation.
- "THE LAST DANCE" doesn’t need much explanation. MICHAEL JORDAN has always been "must-see TV," whether I was a kid or an adult. "The Greatest To Ever Do It" had my family and I glued to ESPN every Sunday night for over two hours. Watching arguably our greatest athlete in U.S. history shed light on the story of his life, on his own terms, was powerful. It really emphasized the message, "You can have all the talent in the world, but if you are not working to maximize that talent and get better every day, success will not come your way."
- Some shows have been in the queue for a while, like "MONEY HEIST." What drew me to this show was that it is all in Spanish. I was able to watch an exciting story, but at the same time work on getting better in another language.
- "OZARK" is a staple of my TV viewing, and I was able to binge through the newest season in a weekend.
Interested in sharing your binge-watching favorites with the industry? Contact Andrew Levin at firstname.lastname@example.org.