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Netflix Purposely Designed ‘House of Cards’ To Be A Major Hit – Here’s How They Did It

7 January, 2016

Netflix Purposely Designed ‘House of Cards’ To Be A Major Hit – Here’s How They Did It

There’s no doubt creative geniuses are behind our favorite TV shows, but can we attribute some of their popularity to data analysis as well? More specifically, can we use big data to produce a show sure to be a hit?

A Munich-based data scientist named Sebastian Wernicke dove into this question. In a TED Talk filmed at TEDxCambridge this past summer and just released onTed.com, he explains the intricacies of this concept, which is becoming of greater interest as technology-driven, tech-savvy companies begin turning to data as a part of their attempts to dominate television. Netflix and Amazon serve as examples here: while the former took data apart to come up with a show concept, the latter used data to put an entire show together.

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