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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...

By Jessica Toonkel July 1, 2020 | A few weeks ago, WarnerMedia’s new CEO, Jason Kilar, met with a group of executives developing a version of the company’s HBO Max streaming service that would carry commercials. WarnerMedia plans to make this version cheaper than the $15 a month commercial-free offering that debuted last month. After reviewing the plan, Kilar politely told the...

Dave Chappelle is one of the stars Netflix has begun promoting on YouTube. By Lucas Shaw June 28, 2020 | Netflix Chief Executive Officer Reed Hastings has long portrayed YouTube as his company’s biggest competitor. It is the only online video service in the world that people spend more time using every day than Netflix. Hastings’s fear of YouTube filtered throughout the streaming giant,...

By Dade Hayes June 19, 2020 |Peter Faricy, a longtime Amazon veteran who joined Discovery two years ago and spearheaded its increasing focus on direct-to-consumer streaming, is leaving the company. CEO David Zaslav shared the news with employees Friday. In an internal memo obtained by Deadline, Zaslav said the move follows “a few months of discussion” between and himself and Faricy. (Read the full memo below.) Read more...

By Jill Goldsmith June 17, 2020 | AT&T chief financial officer John Stephens said the WarnerMedia parent is “optimistic” about HBO Max three weeks after launch and called the streaming service “a multi-year process, and so far so good,” promising to provide subscriber data on the next quarterly earnings call in July. Speaking Wednesday at a CSFB Media conference, Stephens reiterated AT&T’s target...

By Daniel Frankel June 5, 2020 | After seeing big pandemic-fueled usage surges in March and April, viewing time for the major U.S. SVOD services dipped in May, research company 7Park Data reports. Netflix, which saw average U.S. household minutes surpass 600 in April, dipped to around 550 average viewing minutes. While Disney Plus reached 200 average viewing minutes per household, then fell...

By William Earl June 2, 2020 | “Just Mercy,” the 2019 film about the work of civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson, has been made available for free rental on digital platforms during the month of June by Warner Bros. Pictures. Along with an announcement on film’s official Twitter account, Warner Bros. released a statement explaining the move. “We believe in the power of...

By Dade Hayes May 18, 2020 | Rebecca Campbell, whose promotion to Disney’s Chairman of Direct-to-Consumer & International on Monday put her in charge of Disney+, Hulu, Hotstar and ESPN+, took a somewhat less-traveled road to the C-suite. During the bulk of her 23 years at the company, Campbell focused on local broadcasting, running individual stations and the ABC Owned Television Stations Group, which has...