Author: Bekah Sturm

By Erich Schwartzel April 30, 2020 |The shutdown of Hollywood is disrupting the Disney+ pipeline. Walt Disney Co. ’s flagship streaming service is getting a big boost from subscribers stuck at home because of widespread stay-at-home orders, but several of the biggest releases headed to the platform have had production halted amid the novel coronavirus outbreak. To keep subscribers hooked, Disney has moved...

By Natalie Jarvey April 20, 2020 | The deal will allow the NBCUniversal-owned movie ticketing company to bolster its 4-year-old digital movie marketplace, FandangoNow. NBCUniversal-owned movie ticketing company Fandango has agreed to buy streaming video service Vudu from Walmart. The deal will allow Fandango to bolster its 4-year-old digital movie marketplace, FandangoNow. Terms of the deal, which is expected to close in the...

By Rebecca Rubin April 2, 2020 | Greg Laemmle never thought he’d recommend anyone to stream a movie at home. The best way to watch a film, as any theater owner like Laemmle will tell you, is in a darkened cinema with a tub of popcorn at the ready. Read more on Hollywood Reporter. Related Articles TV Time: “Social distancing and Streaming” Dynamic Is...

By Jill Goldsmith April 1, 2020| Incoming WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar said Wednesday that expanding HBO Max internationally and getting the technology right are two takeaways from his time growing Hulu and subsequent launch of a smaller VOD service called Vessel. WarnerMedia parent AT&T revealed earlier today that Kilar will take the top job starting May 1 — in the midst of the global coronavirus pandemic. In an interview with Deadline, Kilar called the...

By Matthew Ball March 29, 2020 | Economic crises, natural disasters, and other long-tail events tend to accelerate underlying trends, exacerbate balances of power, and unravel businesses, business models, and business practices that were sustained by a robust economy. COVID-19’s effect on the media and entertainment sector looks like it will be consistent with this history. Note, too, that the longer/worse...

By Cynthia Littleton February 25, 2020 | Bob Chapek, a 27-year Disney veteran who heads the company’s parks division, has been named CEO of Disney, succeeding Bob Iger. The timing of the news and the selection of Chapek came as a big surprise on Tuesday afternoon to many in the entertainment industry. Read more on Variety. related articles: Hulu CEO steps down as Disney...

By Georg Szalai February 20, 2020| In its first earnings report since the merger, the company swung to a loss, took $589 million in programming charges and outlined three strategic priorities. ViacomCBS said Thursday it is planning a "House of Brands" streaming service that builds on CBS All Access and draws from both sides of the recently recombined company. Read more at The Hollywood...

By Michael Schneider February 20, 2020 | They’re on a streaming break — but “Friends” will still be there for you. WarnerMedia’s home entertainment division is aiming to capitalize on the brief disappearance of the hit sitcom from streaming video on demand, as fans look for other ways to get their “Friends” fix. Read more on Variety. Related Articles: Netflix Has 175 Days Left...

By Ben Munson February 13, 2020 | Netflix is cozying up closer to Samsung through newly announced deals for content exclusives and deeper device integration. According to TechCrunch, the new deals were announced this week at Samsung’s Unpacked event. Samsung device users will be able to use Bixby, Samsung’s voice assistant, to launch the Netflix app. Netflix will also generate recommendations for...