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By Dawn C. Chmielewski and Dade Hayes November 26, 2018 | WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey has elevated the AT&T Entertainment executive who helped launch DirecTV Now to lead the company’s direct-to-consumer streaming platform scheduled to launch next year. Stankey named Brad Bentley, the former VP of marketing at DirecTV, as general manager and executive vice president of WarnerMedia’s direct-to-consumer development in an email this morning to staff, providing an update on...

By Paul Bond November 19, 2018 | The list of content assets controlled by WarnerMedia is massive — from the Harry Potter and DC Comics universes to classic movies and TV shows like Gone With the Wind and Friends — but those might not be enough to compete in the streaming wars, especially when Disney launches its Disney+ service next year. Hence, Wall Street wasn't too...

By Dade Hayes November 16, 2018 | Paramount Pictures has signed a multi-picture film deal with Netflix, studio boss Jim Gianopulos revealed today during Viacom’s fourth-quarter earnings call with Wall Street analysts. “Our priority is to expand our role as a major global content supplier,” Gianopulos said. “As such, we’re exploring various new revenue streams in addition to our traditional theatrical releases as a producer of first-run films and television...

By Brent Lang and Henry Chu November 15, 2018 | The streaming service WarnerMedia plans to introduce next year will launch domestically first, followed by a potential international rollout, and could feature content from outside providers, according to a company insider. WarnerMedia is hoping that its direct-to-consumer offering will enable it to become a major player in a space currently dominated by Netflix. Unveiling those plans last...

By Jessica Toonkel November 9, 2018 | AT&T’s WarnerMedia has approached Comcast’s NBCUniversal to discuss ways of working together, including about licensing films or TV shows for WarnerMedia’s planned new streaming service, according to two people familiar with the discussions. The approach signals that AT&T wants to strengthen its hand in competing with Walt Disney, Netflix and other rivals. In particular, the...

By Greg Tarr October 24, 2018 | Google is allowing users in the U.S. and Canada to upgrade SD and HD titles purchased through Google Play Movies to 4K free of charge. The company revealed the offer on its website Tuesday, in a post by Ben Serridge, Product Manager, Google Play Movies & TV. Read more on HD Guru....

By Sahil Patel October 19, 2018 |Passionate fans of Korean dramas still exist, but DramaFever, which became the biggest provider of such programming with 13,000 episodes and operations across 12 countries, is no more. On Tuesday, Warner Bros., which acquired DramaFever in 2016, announced it was shutting down the service effective immediately. In a widely circulated press statement, the studio said...

By Todd Spangler September 27, 2018 | Redbox hired Chris Yates, who’s worked at companies including CinemaNow, Dell and Omnia Media, as general manager of Redbox On Demand — the DVD-rental kiosk operator’s bid to extend its business into digital. In the newly created role, Yates oversees Redbox’s digital video business and is responsible for P&L and strategy. Read more on Variety. RELATED ARTICLES: Redbox Clinches Warner Bros. Deal for...

By George Szalai September 27, 2018 | PBS' PBS Distribution unit has struck a deal with British streaming service Walter Presents, which last year launched in the U.S. as an SVOD product, to add more than 300 hours of international drama series to its PBS Masterpiece channel on Amazon's Prime Video Channels. Read more on The Hollywood Reporter. Related Articles: Amazon has become an important distributor...

(l. to r.)  Bennett Pozil of EastWest Bank moderates a chat with Cinedigm's Chris McGurk and Pandemonium Films' Bill Mechanic at DEG's Fall Membership Meeting Tuesday. By Dawn Chmielewski September 25, 2018 | Cinedigm CEO Chris McGurk offered fresh details today about a planned Chinese streaming service aimed at younger Western audience, and poised to launch early next year. The new OTT service, to be called Bambu, will feature...