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By THR Staff JANUARY 7, 2019 | No, CBS and Viacom won't merge (but Verizon will be a buyer), Netflix growth will slow as Disney goes OTT, a tech giant will gobble up a major studio, Sean Hannity will leave Fox News and more bold forecasts comprise our Hollywood predictions 2019. In 2019, mergers and acquisitions also will help some larger conglomerates more...

Media Contact Information: Andrews-Keenan – 312-206-2821 or PKeenan1@comcast.net Jamie Grande - 847.716.7000 or jamie.grande@mediafinance.org Media Financial Management Association and DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group team up to offer Entertainment Finance Conference   First-ever joint event for digital media industry scheduled for February 21 in Los Angeles (Northfield, IL and Los Angeles, CA) - January 7, 2019 – The Media Financial Management Association (MFM) and Digital Entertainment...

By Andreas Wiseman JANUARY 7, 2019 | IMAX is rolling out its ‘Enhanced’ home ent content via partnerships with streamers Tencent Video (China), FandangoNow (U.S.) and Rakuten TV (Europe), and device partners Arcam, Elite, Integra, Lexicon, Onkyo, Pioneer, TCL and Trinnov. Among first movies made available in the program will be Sony’s Venom and Alpha. Content is due to roll out on streaming services and...

By Eric Newcomer January 4, 2019| Buzzy original thrillers like “Bird Box,” or choose-your-own-adventure gambits like “Bandersnatch” aren’t cheap. And as Netflix’s public profile has climbed, so have its losses. Analysts predict that the company will report about $3 billion in negative cash flow for 2018, up from $2 billion in the previous year. Fans of wildly expensive, high-quality television should hope...

BY JULIA ALEXANDER December 30, 2018 |Netflix announced on December 28 that more than 45 million accounts watched its Netflix original horror movie, Bird Box, in seven days, making it a record breaking debut for the streaming service — but considering Netflix rarely specifies what its data means, it was difficult to gauge what that number meant.  It’s also unclear from Netflix’s tweet how many people...

BY DADE HAYES December 28, 2018 | A&E’s Live PD is finishing 2018 as the most-viewed show of the year on OTT platforms as well as via VOD and DVR, according to a survey of smart-TV data by Inscape. A subsidiary of smart-TV maker Vizio, Inscape surveys viewing across some nine million households, spanning all demographics and geographic areas. Read more on Deadline. Related Articles: comScore, Hulu Team For New...

BY: NOEL MURRAY December 14, 2018 | Some of 2018’s best home video releases felt like artifacts from an earlier era, when every year we could look forward to big boxes of cultural ephemera, exhaustively annotated and collected on shiny little discs. These sets were welcome throwbacks — the best Blu-ray and DVD gifts of 2018-- and a reminder of why physical...

BY NELLIE ANDREEVA December 18, 2018 | In a lighthearted, self-deprecating holiday note to staff (aka residents of NBCU-ville), written as a Dr. Seuss-style poem, NBCUniversal's Steve Burke mostly celebrated the company’s achievements, like landing Sky, while also recounting some setbacks, like losing the bidding war for the Fox assets to Disney. During 2018 our businesses mostly rocked, But it did not feel at...

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...