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By Thomas K. Arnold March 13, 2020 | Movie release postponements as well as production suspensions for films and original SVOD series due to the mounting coronavirus health crisis will likely lead to significant shifts in the home release calendar for the rest of the year. With movies typically becoming available for disc or digital delivery three months or so after their theatrical...

Melissa McCarthy vehicle 'Superintelligence' is headed to HBO Max. By Mia Galuppo March 11, 2020 | As Hollywood enters the streaming age, feature film producers are grappling with a new buzzword in pitch meetings: "theatricality." Walt Disney Studios president of production Sean Bailey describes it as the kind of movie "you have to see on the big screen and you have to see...

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...

(Above) Britbox's MI-5. By Ben Munson March 5, 2020 | BritBox, a North American subscription streaming video service from BBC Studios and ITV, said it now has one million subscribers, double what it had in January 2019. The company cited some Parks Associates research suggesting it’s the fastest growing targeted stand-alone SVOD service since its launch in March 2017. The service, which offers access...

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 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 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...