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By Tatiana Siegel April 5, 2018 | Nearly 45 years after his death, J.R.R. Tolkien scored the biggest Hollywood deal of 2017. Since the British author doesn't return phone calls anymore, it took a phalanx of lawyers and dealmakers to bring to fruition what is poised to be the most expensive TV show ever. On Nov. 13, Amazon Studios beat out Netflix for...

By Lacey Rose April 4, 2018 | When Ryan Murphy arrived at the Hollywood headquarters of Netflix on a stormy afternoon in January, the 53-year-old producer of such TV breakouts as Glee, The People v. O.J. Simpsonand seven installments of American Horror Story says he was expecting a tour of the streaming giant's luxe new space and "maybe a croissant." But coming in out of the rain,...

(Above, Danny Kaye accepts Fox Innovation Lab's induction into the Variety Home Entertainment & Digital Hall of Fame, with Ericsson's Mark Russell. Photo credit: Chelsea Lauren/Variety/REX/Shutterstock)   BY GREG TARR SPECIAL TO DEG Danny Kaye, executive VP and managing director for Fox Innovation Lab, is on a mission to help content creators put their work in front of consumers on as many screens as possible,...

By Dade Hayes March 25, 2018 | In an interview with ITV News, Spielberg noted that the movie business has never faced more of a challenge from television, especially given the rise of Netflix and other streamers. While there are benefits from that to the overall culture, he said features launched on streaming platforms should not be allowed at the Oscars...

By Natalie Jarvey March 23, 2018 | Hollywood's digital producers have turned their attention to a new crop of potential buyers with even deeper pockets:  Netflix, Amazon and Hulu. In recent months, the major streamers have experimented with shortform video show formats and lengths, whether through Amazon's deal (through its Video Direct self-distribution division) to fund Funny or Die-produced short films or Netflix's...

By Janko Roettgers March 20, 2018 | Jeremy Culver thinks he’s found a secret weapon to bring his next movie to the masses. “No Postage Necessary,” a romantic indie comedy coming this June, will be the first film to be to be released with the help of blockchain technology. Viewers will be able to buy the film through the  video app Vevue, and pay...

By Mike Snider March 18, 2018 | AT&T's fight to buy Time Warner — home to DC Comics heroes Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, as well as HBO's Game of Thrones and CNN — heads to a high-stakes throw-down with the Trump administration in the quieter confines of a Washington, D.C., courtroom Monday. The stakes are high for AT&T and could change how viewers watch...

By Robert Lloyd March 14, 2018 | Growth is the business most big businesses are in, and it was natural enough that, having determined to get into original, scripted content — for some time, a kind of sign of arrival for a fledgling network passing out of its early reality-show or all-reruns-all-the-time phase — Netflix and the other streamers would go...

By DANIEL MILLER and JACLYN COSGROVE March 14,  2018 | Walt Disney Co. announced Wednesday a sweeping restructuring aimed at accelerating its global expansion during a period of upheaval for Hollywood. The Burbank-based entertainment giant said it would combine its international media business and its content streaming operation into one unit and create another division to house its consumer products business along with Walt Disney Parks...

By Jeffrey Dastin March 14, 2018 | Amazon.com Inc’s top television shows drew more than 5 million people worldwide to its Prime shopping club by early 2017, according to company documents, revealing for the first time how the retailer’s bet on original video is paying off. The documents also show that Amazon’s U.S. audience for all video programming on Prime, including films and...