Netflix Teams With IFC, Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau on 'Dinner for Five: The 50th Episode,' Special Sequel to the Acclaimed TV Series
'Dinner,' Timed to the Release of Vaughn's 'Wild West Comedy' Film,
Premieres on IFC, then Streams on Netflix
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Jan. 31 -- Netflix, Inc.
(Nasdaq: NFLX), the world's largest online movie rental service, today
announced it has joined forces with the Independent Film Channel (IFC) and
both Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau to produce a special 50th episode of
"Dinner for Five," the critically acclaimed, Emmy nominated IFC series that
gives viewers a seat at the table as personalities from the worlds of film,
TV, music and comedy engage in an unpredictable and impromptu evening of
food and banter.
The 50th episode of "Dinner for Five" pairs Mr. Vaughn and Mr. Favreau
with co-stars Peter Billingsley, Justin Long and Keir O'Donnell for a
dinner and conversation revolving around the upcoming theatrical release of
the comedy film "Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days and 30
Nights - Hollywood to the Heartland". All five guests appear in the film,
which opens in theaters nationwide on February 8th.
The 50th episode of "Dinner for Five" will have its TV premiere Friday,
February 1st on IFC at 10:30 p.m. and will be available to Netflix
subscribers as streaming video on Netflix.com beginning Monday, February
4th. It will also be available beginning tonight at IFC.com.
"The original 49 episodes of IFC's 'Dinner for Five' served up diverse
personalities and points of view and made for entertaining and insightful
TV," said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer for Netflix. "Creating this
special 50th episode was a unique opportunity and partnering with IFC gives
us the chance to make it accessible to a highly interested audience."
"A signature series for IFC, 'Dinner for Five' is a highly entertaining
and innovative program that truly engaged and resonated with our audience,"
said Evan Shapiro, executive vice president and general manager of IFC. "As
a network committed to original programming, we are pleased to be teaming
up with Netflix on a 50th episode. With online and on-air broadcasts of
this special sequel, we will provide viewers with on-demand access to all
new, thoughtful and candid conversations from some of the biggest names in
"It was nice to be a part of the 50th episode of 'Dinner for Five,'"
said Mr. Vaughn. "It's a great place to discuss film and I'm thankful to
Netflix and IFC for their support."
The guests in this special episode of "Dinner for Five" share personal
experiences from the making of "Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show" as
well as classic moments from signature films such as "Swingers,"
"Dodgeball," "Wedding Crashers" and "A Christmas Story."
The 50th episode of "Dinner for Five" was shot January 5, 2008 at
Global Cuisine in Los Angeles and was executive produced by Messrs.
Favreau, Billingsley, Sarandos and Shapiro, and Lisa Tauger, Debbie
DeMontreaux and Christine Lubrano. The original "Dinner for Five" series
was produced by Mr. Billingsley and Ms. Tauger, hosted by Mr. Favreau and
inspired by the famed Algonquin Roundtable from the 1920s. The series aired
on IFC from 2001 to 2005.
Netflix, Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) is the world's largest online movie rental
service, providing more than seven million subscribers access to more than
90,000 DVD titles plus a growing library of more than 6,000 choices that
can be watched instantly on their PCs. The company offers nine subscription
plans, starting at only $4.99 per month. There are no due dates and no late
fees -- ever. All Netflix plans include both DVDs delivered to subscribers'
homes and, for no additional fee, movies and TV series that can be started
in as little as 30 seconds on subscribers' PCs. DVDs are delivered free to
members by first class mail, with a postage-paid return envelope, from over
100 U.S. shipping points. Nearly 95 percent of Netflix subscribers live in
areas that can be reached with generally one business day delivery. Netflix
offers personalized movie recommendations and has two billion movie
ratings. For more information, visit http://www.netflix.com/.
IFC is the only brand to operate in every area of independent film to
include television, production, financing, distribution, digital, on demand
and exhibition. IFC uses its unique cross-platform position to broaden the
audience of independent film and to provide independent filmmakers with a
strong voice. IFC is comprised of: The Independent Film Channel, the first
and most widely distributed network dedicated to independent culture, 24
hours a day, uncut, and uncensored; and IFC Entertainment, a division that
owns and manages IFC Films, a leading theatrical film distribution company
bringing the best of independent films to theaters and to the on-demand
platform, day and date, reaching over 45 million subscribers. The company's
brick and mortar home, The IFC Center, features state-of-the-art cinemas
with luxurious seating and high-definition digital and 35mm projection,
located in the heart of New York City's West Village.
About "Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show"
"Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights - Hollywood
to the Heartland" chronicles the journey of Vince Vaughn, four stand-up
comedians, and celebrity guests as they perform 30 shows in 30 consecutive
nights across America. With laugh out loud on-stage performances and
compelling behind-the-scenes stories, the film breaks down the personal and
professional challenges that will unite four comics, one movie star and
legions of fans from Hollywood to the Heartland. The film features Vince
Vaughn, Ahmed Ahmed, John Caparulo, Bret Ernst, and Sebastian Mansicalco,
with special guests Jon Favreau, Justin Long, Dwight Yoakam, Peter
Billingsley, and Keir O'Donnell.
SOURCE Netflix, Inc.