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By Dawn C. Chmielewski August 28, 2018 | Amazon is holding exploratory talks with major Hollywood studios about creating films for its streaming service, sources confirmed to Deadline. The company has held preliminary discussions with Paramount and Sony and possibly others about the possibility of developing original movies for the streaming service. Talks are still in the early stages, and no agreements have been reached,...

By Daniel Frankel August 27, 2018 | Having spent more than $1 billion for a salvo of new original shows set to launch next year, Apple is in the process of building out its Culver City, Calif-based marketing team. Over the weekend, Apple posted an job opening on LinkedIn, looking for a “creative director for original content." Silicon Valley’s largest company is seeking...

By Jonathan Berr August 21, 2018 | Chief executive Bob Iger of  Walt Disney  is facing a challenge that will make his recent victory over Comcast in the battle for 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets seem like a walk in the park. I am not talking about the difficulty Iger will experience in integrating the storied 20th Century Fox studio and other assets of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire into...

By Scott Mendelson August 22, 2018 | If we judge a studio’s summer by the amount of new franchises it created, Warner Bros. may be the unofficial winner. Yes, Walt Disney ruled the roost with 42% of the overall market share, even if 22% of that came from just two movies (Avengers: Infinity War and Incredibles 2). And yes, Universal/Comcast Corp. had the year’s...

By Cynthia Littleton August 21, 2018 | Trying to play catch-up to Netflix, the largest U.S. media conglomerates are bent on reinventing part of their operations as a direct-to-consumer business model. The industry’s biggest content producers aim to tap into the efficiency of streaming video via the internet to build proprietary pipelines into America’s living rooms, laptops, tablets and smartphones. “The modern media...

By Anousha Sakoui, Nabila Ahmed, and Spencer Soper August 16, 2018 | Amazon.com Inc. is in the running to acquire Landmark Theaters, a move that would vault the e-commerce giant into the brick-and-mortar cinema industry, according to people familiar with the situation. The company is vying with other suitors to acquire the business from Wagner/Cuban Cos., which is backed by billionaire Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner, according...

By Lucas Shaw August 15, 2018 | YouTube has become synonymous with online video and the lucrative advertising that it commands. Amazon.com Inc.’s Twitch streaming site is the go-to place for the much smaller audience of video gaming enthusiasts. Now, in a bid to grab a larger slice of the online advertising pie, Amazon has decided to aggressively broaden the programming on...

By Todd Spangler August 9, 2018 | Hulu’s cash burn has accelerated — its losses in the second quarter of 2018 more than doubled — as the video-streaming venture continues to step up its investment in content and technology to acquire new customers. At this point, questions remain about what will happen next for Hulu once Disney gains majority control of the company, and how the service...

By Sahil Patel August 9, 2018 | As TV viewers spend more time on streaming video platforms, big media companies have gotten more serious about building their own subscription streaming services — or “direct to consumer” products, as the companies call them. That’s led to the creation of new executive roles and responsibilities at companies that historically haven’t sold subscription products to...