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By Thomas K. Arnold April 3, 2019 | Bill Sondheim has left independent content distributor Cinedigm Corp. after more than five years as president, industry sources told Media Play News. Sondheim was not available for comment, but a Cinedigm publicist confirmed his departure and noted that he will not be replaced. Sondheim for years has been a respected home entertainment executive, known for taking independent...

By Elliot Bentley and Amol Sharma April 1, 2019 | Apple Inc.  has entered the streaming-television arena. But who exactly is it competing with? There isn’t just one race in the streaming-media world. In the U.S., there are at least five distinct categories where Silicon Valley heavyweights and traditional media companies are competing for users’ attention and money. Some, like Netflix Inc., are building subscription entertainment...

[Above] Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is an upcoming film from eOne.   By Mia Galuppo March 27, 2019 | eOne and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment have inked a distribution agreement that will see Universal serve as the home entertainment distributor of eOne titles. The multiyear, multi-territory pact will include both digital and physical formats and covers film, television and select family content and includes all...

By Dominic Patten and Anthony D'Alessandro March 25, 2019 | Apple’s new streaming service is coming in this fall with an update to the company’s already existing TV app, the tech giant announced today with one of the greatest filmmakers of all time on-stage and one of the most successful television icons. In a wide ranging announcement on many media fronts, Apple...

By Dean Takahashi March 19, 2019 | Google CEO Sindar Pichai and executive Phil Harrison introduced Google’s cloud gaming platform, Stadia, at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. They also showed a Google-made Stadia controller that you can use to play games on any device. The vision is to make games accessible to everyone in the world, Pichai said. Google’s vast data centers will support...

[Above] Poet Emily Dickinson will be played by actress Hailee Steinfeld in an Apple comedy series. By John Koblin March 17, 2019 | Apple has decided to put more emphasis on its services — think Apple Music and Apple Pay — to increase revenues. The strategy will include an expansion of Apple News, which is expected to be highlighted at the showcase,...

By Dino-Ray Ramos March 8, 2019 | Quibi founder Jeffrey Katzenberg and CEO Meg Whitman took the stage at SXSW to discuss their forthcoming short-form mobile streaming service. More accurately, they were defending it — and they unveiled new high-profile Quibi content projects in the pipeline to sell it. The platform launches next April and Katzenberg said they are going to release a...

By Julia Alexander March 7, 2019 | Disney+, the company’s upcoming streaming service, will carry Disney’s entire catalog of animated films, ending Disney’s long-standing “vault” program. CEO Bob Iger told shareholders today that Disney+ “at some point fairly soon after launch” will carry films that “traditionally have been kept in a ‘vault’ and brought out basically every few years.” That’s a major policy change...

By Tom Dotan and Jessica Toonkel March 5, 2019 |As Disney nears an April public unveiling of its Disney+ streaming services for Wall Street analysts, some key questions—including whether to distribute through U.S. cable operators or companies like Apple—are still being hammered out. One worry is whether the service will work well from a technical perspective. With that in mind, some insiders...