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By Erik Guenwedel August 10, 2020 | Veteran Warner Bros. Home Entertainment executive Ron Sanders is among a group of key executives who are leaving the company in the wake of a management restructuring  implemented by new WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar. Sanders, president, Warner Bros. Worldwide Theatrical Distribution and president, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, has been an integral part of the studio’s retail...

By Adam B. Vary August 6, 2020 | To earn back the budget on PVOD alone, “Mulan” would need to attract roughly 6.7 million rentals, or just over 11% of current Disney Plus subscribers. Factoring in another $50 million in total global marketing costs (a conservative estimate) bumps that magic number closer to 8.4 million rentals, or 13.8% of subscribers. Jeff Bock, a...

Above:  Satisfaction scores peak at major PVOD releases, such as Trolls World Tour and Scoob! (pictured).   [caption id="attachment_848" align="alignleft" width="176"] Mark Orne | Screen Engine/ASI[/caption] August 3, 2020 | As theaters closed in March at the start of widespread stay-at-home orders, and early in-home releases premiered, many digital movie buyers and renters gave early window releases a try.  As visiting a theater became...

By Chaim Gartenberg July 28, 2020 | AMC Theaters and Universal have reached a new agreement that dramatically shortens the theatrical exclusivity window — the amount of time that films have to play in theaters before they’re allowed to be sold or rented in other places, like iTunes, Amazon, or AMC’s own On Demand service — down to just 17 days (ensuring that the films will...

By Lucas Shaw July 26, 2020 | In October of last year, I wrote a preview of four new streaming services from some of the world's largest companies, the onset of the so-called streaming wars. That term has proven to be something of a misnomer since the biggest dispute is between streaming services and distributors like Roku and Amazon, not between individual services. But now that all four...

Transactional film and TV sales surge as Britons turn to digital retailers to buy and rent latest releases and catalogue classics during the pandemic London, July, 22, 2020 | Data released by the British Association for Screen Entertainment (BASE) and compiled by The Official Charts Company (OCC) has shown that consumer spend on digital film to buy and keep grew by...

By Rick Porter July 20, 2020 | More than 90 percent of people ages 13 to 54 use at least one streaming service, a study from Hulu finds — but they don't use those services in any single way. Hulu calls that cohort "Generation Stream" in a report it has released called "Unpacking the Streaming Experience." It looks at the way people use streaming...

  [caption id="attachment_848" align="alignleft" width="176"] Mark Orne | Screen Engine/ASI[/caption] July 16, 2020 | In March, as theaters across the country closed in line with regional stay-at-home guidance, at Screen Engine/ASI we quickly pivoted to launch PostVOD, a service that captures audience demos and feedback for movies premiering on premium video-on-demand (PVOD) and early electronic sell-through (EEST). By May, at the start of...

Shark Week is a longstanding Discovery Channel franchise.   By Jessica Toonkel July 13, 2020 |One of the biggest contingents of Amazon alumni—around 100—has defected to TV firm Discovery, owner of the Discovery Channel, HGTV and Animal Planet, following a former Amazon Marketplace executive, Peter Faricy. He was hired in 2018 to build a big streaming video group and help Discovery “pivot to...

By Todd Spangler July 7, 2020 | In September 2019, Steve Burke, then NBCUniversal chief executive, called Matt Strauss, with a question: Would he take the wheel of the Peacock project? Strauss would need to unleash the service across the U.S. on a dauntingly short timeline — in just 10 months, pegged to the Tokyo Olympics (more on that later). Peacock would face massive competitors and come to...