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By Brooks Barnes [caption id="attachment_7638" align="alignright" width="254"] Ann Sarnoff[/caption] June 24, 2019 | AT&T on Monday chose a Hollywood outsider, Ann Sarnoff, to run its recently acquired Warner Bros. movie and television studio, which will play a major role in the conglomerate’s coming streaming service. Ms. Sarnoff, a New Yorker whose career has included leadership roles at Nickelodeon, the Women’s National Basketball Association, Dow Jones...

By Todd Spangler June 12, 2019 | Row8, a fledgling digital movie service, is looking to take on transactional VOD players like Apple and Amazon with a focus on movies — and a few pricing twists.  The L.A.-based startup has inked licensing deals with four major studios — Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Universal Pictures, and Warner Bros. — for rights to...

By Thomas K. Arnold June 9, 2019 | Universal Pictures Home Entertainment aims to drum up consumer awareness of Blu-ray Disc and DVD bonus content, which the studio believes is a key selling point for its physical product. Beginning with the urban horror film Us, which arrives on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on June 18, the studio is introducing...

It was difficult for algorithms to predict the sucess of game-to-movie adaptation 'Warcraft' in 2016. The film flopped in the U.S. but was a big hit in China.   By James Vincent May 28, 2019 | Actors and directors are forever glancing off projects that never get made or that get made by someone else, and fans are left wondering what might have been. For...

By Gregg Tarr May 22, 2019 | Now under control of Disney, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment this week played Switzerland in its handling of the dynamic metadata HDR profile competition by announcing the upcoming release of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc of Fox’s CGI animated sci-fi title Alita: Battle Angel (above). With the release of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray...

By Ashley Rodriguez May 15, 2019 | The series 'Friends' captures a very different US audience on the streaming-video service than it does on cable channels like Nick At Nite, TBS, and Paramount Network, Nielsen found. Fans of the show on Netflix tend to be young, and some may be discovering 1990s sitcom for the first time. Read more on Business Insider. Related...

By Peter White May 8, 2019 | WarnerMedia is to bring together the international distribution divisions and home entertainment operations of HBO, Turner and Warner Bros.  Jeffrey Schlesinger, President, Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution, will take leadership responsibility for activities of HBO Enterprises and the distribution of Turner content produced in the US. He has held this role since 2013, having spent...

By Alex Sherman April 25, 2019 | Comcast has had a frustrating run as a partial owner of video streaming platform Hulu, but that doesn’t make the decision to sell its minority stake in the company any easier. Disney and Comcast are holding talks about working out a deal for Comcast’s 30% stake, according to people familiar with the matter. Comcast is now weighing the...

April 25, 2019 | BTI Studios is the world's fastest growing localization company, providing dubbing,subtitling, and access services in any language. As digital distribution of movie and TV showsgrows around the globe, both content owners and aggregators such as Netflix, Amazon and Hulu are translating content at a rapid rate and into more languages than ever before. "Stories, no matter what  language they were...

By Thomas K. Arnold April 21, 2019 | With the March 20 closure of Walt Disney Co.’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox, much has been written about the storied history of the celebrated film studio, responsible for nearly a century’s worth of big-screen favorites, from Shirley Temple musicals to Star Wars, from The Sound of Music to Avatar. And yet hardly anything has been said about the...