Author: Marcy Magiera

BY TODD SPANGLER November 30, 2018 |Disney might be set to gain even more control over Hulu: AT&T said it is considering selling WarnerMedia’s 10% stake in the streaming venture — which is worth as much as $930 million — as part of shedding nonstrategic assets to pay down its massive debt load. AT&T execs made the comments at the telco’s investor day briefing Thursday. It’s potentially looking to...

BY: DADE HAYES and DAWN CHMIELEWSKI November 29, 2018 | In outlining WarnerMedia’s strategy for direct-to-consumer streaming, CEO John Stankey relied heavily on language more common in engineering circles than lunch tables at the Brentwood Country Mart. He laid out the plans to a roomful of Wall Street investors and analysts eager to hear more details about the post-merger course of WarnerMedia parent AT&T, not wasting the chance to...

BY REBECCA KEEGAN November 27, 2018 | Paramount and A24 agreeing to produce original films for the digital giants represents an about-face in the traditional pecking order and signals a major shift in the entertainment industry. In the future, when we chart the year the movie business changed, we may thank — or blame — Noah Centineo. That’s because the square-jawed heartthrob’s teen romantic...

BY STEPHANIE PRANGE November 6, 2018 | Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Christopher Nolan was presented with the first-ever DEG “Vanguard” award at the 4K UHD Summit Nov. 6 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. The event was produced by DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group and the UHD Alliance. Presenting the award to Nolan was Ron Sanders, president, Worldwide Theatrical Distribution and president, Warner...

Carnegie Mellon University's Cassidy Pearsall accepts 2018 Emerging Leader Award LOS ANGELES (November 2, 2018) – DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group is pleased  to  announce the opening of the third year competition for two awards: the "Hedy Lamarr Award for Innovation in Entertainment Technology,” which recognizes female executives in the fields of entertainment and technology who have made a significant contribution...

BY RYAN FAUGHNDER October 15, 2018 | Former Paramount Pictures executive Megan Colligan is joining Imax Corp. in a major leadership change for the big-screen movie exhibitor as the company prepares for its future in an increasingly competitive market. Colligan, who mostly recently led marketing and distribution at Paramount, will become president of Imax Entertainment in February, Imax said Monday. Once installed,...

BY NATALIE JARVEY October 10, 2018 | AT&T's WarnerMedia division is prepping a new direct-to-consumer streaming service that will feature its portfolio of entertainment brands, including HBO. WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey on Wednesday announced the new product onstage at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit, noting that it is expected to launch in the fourth quarter of 2019. "You're going to see a stronger...

BY ALEX SHERMAN October 10, 2018 | Seven years ago, Walter Isaacson wrote that Apple founder Steve Jobs told him he'd "cracked" the code on bringing television into the digital age. Seven years later, the world is still waiting. But Apple's not giving up, even if it isn't revolutionizing the industry. Apple is preparing a new digital video service that will marry original content and subscription...

BY STEPHANIE PRANGE October 2, 2018 | Lionsgate has signed Ron Schwartz to a new long-term agreement as president of Lionsgate Worldwide Home Entertainment. Schwartz will oversee the company’s nearly $1 billion-a-year worldwide home entertainment operations, including the domestic and international home entertainment sales of Lionsgate’s feature film slate, its television businesses, a nearly 17,000-title film and television library, and the slate...

BY SAHIL PATEL OCTOBER 1, 2018 | Subscription services might dominate the over-the-top video market today, but free, ad-supported platforms are beginning to find their way to viewers on internet-connected TVs. This growth is proving to be an opportunity for video programmers searching for distribution on the biggest screen in the house. The Roku Channel, a free video streaming service from the connected-TV...