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By Dawn C. Chmielewski May 16, 2018 | MGM its working to reposition the also-ran subscription service Epix into a legitimate competitor to other premium pay TV channels and streaming services.  “At the time acquired Epix from our joint-venture partners three things were true: it was under-distributed, it was under-subscribed and it was under- monetized,” Chief Operating Officer Chris Brearton old investors during MGM’s first quarter investor...

By Stephanie Prange May 14, 2018 | Warner Bros. has promoted Jim Wuthrich to president of worldwide home entertainment and games. Wuthrich will report to Ron Sanders, president of worldwide theatrical distribution and home entertainment. David Haddad, who serves as president of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, will now report to Wuthrich. Read more on Media Play News. Related Articles: Warner Bros. Digital Networks Taps Patty Hirsh to...

By Mark Sweney May 7, 2018 | The BBC, Channel 4 and ITV have held discussions about joining forces to create a British streaming service to combat the increasing power of Netflix and Amazon in the UK. The early-stage talks, which are also understood to involve NBC Universal, the US TV and film group that owns the maker of Downton Abbey, are focusing on how...

By Ben Munson May 9, 2018 | Netflix won’t be the only service missing out on Disney content once the company launches its own streaming service in late 2019. Disney CEO Bob Iger said that the company will be pulling back all of its content that is distributed and monetized on third-party platforms.  “We are fully committed to not only bringing the product to...

By Amol Sharma May 8, 2018 | Cable giant Comcast Corp. is getting the pieces in place to make a hostile bid for 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets should it choose to do so, according to people familiar with the situation. Fox agreed in December to sell the assets in question to Walt Disney Co. for $52.4 billion in stock. Read more on The...

By Eric Guenwedel May 6, 2018 | NEWS ANALYSIS – When Apple last year announced it would start selling access to 4K Ultra HD movies (at the same price as HD) on Apple TV through iTunes, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment was not among participating studios. With Disney relinquishing (some) control in the rebranding of the Movies Anywhere digital platform, retail member Vudu.com...

By Shalini Ramachandran,  Amol Sharma and David Benoit April 25, 2018 | Comcast on Wednesday lobbed an official $31 billion proposal to buy European pay-TV operator Sky PLC, topping an existing offer from 21st Century Fox Inc., which already owns a 39% stake in Sky. Fox counts Rupert Murdoch and his family as major shareholders. Separately, the cable giant is weighing whether to play interloper on Fox’s $52.4 billion deal to sell...

By Ryan Faughnder and Meg James April 24, 2018 | The surprising box-office success of "A Quiet Place," a low-budget movie about a family under attack from creatures who hunt by sound, could hardly have come at a better time for Paramount Pictures and its chief executive, Jim Gianopulos. A year after the veteran Hollywood executive took on the monumental task of reviving Paramount following...

By Tony Maglio April 20, 2018 | Who needs a press conference? On Thursday, AT&T boss Randall Stephenson unveiled details about a new streaming bundle while testifying against the federal government in his Time Warner takeover case. AT&T’s “Watch” will cost $15 per month and is set to debut within weeks, Stephenson said from the witness stand. Compare that with the media giant’s...