Author: Bekah Sturm

by james pearce November 8, 2019| In 10 years, an entire industry can undergo transformation. Look at the impact the iPhone had when it launched just over a decade ago – it upended the technology and telecoms markets, and the media market too, driving the world to a more data-driven, mobile-centric view. For filmmakers, the challenges of the coming decade will include adopting...

By Gerry Smith November 8, 2019 | A coalition that includes Netflix Inc., HBO and cable-industry titans is stepping up efforts to crack down on password sharing, discussing new measures to close a loophole that could be costing companies billions of dollars in lost revenue each year. Read more on Bloomberg related articles: Netflix tracks shows by measuring ‘starters,’ ‘watchers,’ and ‘completers’ [The Verge] Reed...

By Jon Lafayette November 8, 2019 | Nielsen Holdings said that it plans to split into two separate companies by spinning off its Global Connect business from its media measurement business. The decision comes as the result of a strategic review that was conducted under pressure from large shareholders as the company's stock price declined. Read more on Multichannel News....

By Gerry Smith November 6, 2019 | Netflix Inc. expects to spend a $15 billion on programming this year, dwarfing its streaming rivals. But it’s just getting started. Chief Executive Officer Reed Hastings said at the DealBook conference that the company’s expenditures on shows and movies will only grow. “We plan on taking spend up quite a bit,” he said Wednesday at the New...

By Erik Gruenwedel November 7, 2019| AMC Theatres is digging deeper into home entertainment. The world’s largest theatrical chain on Nov. 7 disclosed it plans to start selling AMC Networks movies on its digital platform, AMC Theatres On Demand. Hailed as the first-ever cross platform marketing partnership between theatrical and home entertainment distributors, AMC said the movies (including RLJ Entertainment titles) can be purchased...

By Julia Alexander November 5, 2019 | Disney+ and ESPN+ will run an ad promoting the premium TV channel Starz, The Verge has learned. Disney has agreed to run the ad in exchange for streaming rights to some of its own films, like Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which had previously been licensed out to Starz, according to a person familiar with...

by Brooks Barnes August 1, 2019 |When the TV industry tilted toward a renaissance in the late 1990s, Imagine was among the first movie companies to seize the moment, resulting in shows like “Felicity,” “Friday Night Lights,” “Arrested Development” and “24.” Now Mr. Howard and Mr. Grazer have recalibrated yet again. Imagine has quietly placed itself at the center of the streaming...

By Dade Hayes July 29, 2019 | AMC Networks, whose streaming past was marked by Netflix deals that helped build cornerstone shows like Breaking Bad, has been charting its streaming future with four increasingly viable direct-to-consumer streaming services. None of the outlets is a mass-audience juggernaut, but that’s never been the plan. As a portfolio they have grown steadily and offer the company more options for...