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Quibi's programming slate features originals with (l. to r.) Liam Hemsworth, Sophie Turner, Chrissy Teigen and Chance the Rapper. By Todd Spangler March 6, 2010 | Ambitious mobile streamer Quibi is one month away from debut, coming out of the gate with 51 shows and movies — the first major test of whether people will pay for premium short-form content they can watch on smartphones. For...

By Brett Lang March 5, 2020 | Keith Feldman has been named chief operating officer of Illumination, the animation powerhouse behind such hits as “Despicable Me” and “The Secret Life of Pets.” He joins Illumination after serving as president and general manager of worldwide home entertainment at 20th Century Fox. In his new role, Feldman will serve as the key strategic partner and adviser to Illumination’s founder...

By Julia Alexander February 29, 2020 | Between 2006 and now, Disney spent around $100 billion to become the unbeatable giant it is today, snapping up Pixar, Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, BAMTech, and 21st Century Fox. While the acquisitions were made as the result of teamwork across a number of divisions, they were mostly led by two people: Bob Iger, who was CEO up until...

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...

By Erik Gruenwedel February 11, 2020 |  Redbox has begun testing an ad-supported live TV service to select users, with plans to roll out the platform nationwide. The national kiosk disc rental chain in 2017 launched a digital rental and sellthough platform. The new ad-supported service is aimed at complementing the company’s digital and packaged-media strategies. Read more on Media Play News. Related Articles: Redbox...

By Edvard Pettersson and Olivia Rockeman February 10, 2020 | A century after the pioneers of Hollywood built their studios here, a new breed of entertainment company is transforming this California town just east of Santa Monica into a hotbed for content. Amazon.com Inc., Apple Inc. and AT&T Inc.’s HBO are moving into vast office and production spaces in the city of 40,000 over the next few...