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April 19, 2018 | Comcast Corp. offered 21st Century Fox Inc. at least 16% more for a chunk of its assets than Walt Disney Co. did, though regulatory concerns ultimately led controlling stockholder Rupert Murdoch to accept the lower bid. In a joint filing Wednesday with Disney in connection with their $52.4-billion deal, Murdoch's 21st Century Fox described months-long talks with a...

By Patrick Brzeski April 17, 2018 | Digital media company Cinedigm Corp. will soon begin beaming Chinese entertainment into U.S. homes. Chris McGurk, Cinedigm's chairman and CEO, delivered a speech Tuesday at the Beijing International Film Festival in which he unveiled plans to launch a new over-the-top channel in North America dedicated exclusively to the distribution of Chinese film and television content. Read more...

By Rob Haskell April 12, 2018 | Despite his success, Iger and his venerable Disney brand face an existential threat from Silicon Valley, in particular from companies like Netflix and Amazon. The studio has wagered on content, beloved but mutable stories with loyal audiences; meanwhile, Netflix has made so much money on subscriptions that it suddenly gets to spend billions on...

Streaming continues to increase among all age groups, and nearly half of consumers say the services they’re using were acquired in just the last six months. This is good news for providers in the video space. Or, is it? [caption id="attachment_4121" align="alignleft" width="200"] Paige Hayes | PwC[/caption] While it’s true that cord cutting has more momentum than ever—the number of people who...

By Gene Maddaus April 11, 2018 | Disney is taking the gloves off in its battle with Redbox, working to make it significantly harder for the kiosk operator to obtain DVDs of recent Disney releases. According to an amended complaint filed on Tuesday by Redbox, Disney has recently retained Anderson Merchandisers, an in-store merchandising company, in its effort to limit the kiosk operator's purchases of Disney DVDs....

By Dawn C. Chmielewski April 9, 2018 | Disney is trying again to prevent Redbox from selling digital download codes for its movies after a federal judge rejected its initial request for an injunction that would have halted the practice. The Burbank entertainment giant filed an amended complaint today with U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, saying its made changes to its online license agreements to address the judge’s concerns that...

For the entirety of its history, watchable content has been confined. Boxed in the borders of a television, walled off behind a subscription fee, and tethered to the wall. Now, content is truly borderless. [caption id="attachment_4020" align="alignright" width="195"] Morgan Fiumi | Deluxe[/caption] Today, content fits every screen, travels to every region, and is available at any time. And there are no signs...

(Above, Danny Kaye accepts Fox Innovation Lab's induction into the Variety Home Entertainment & Digital Hall of Fame, with Ericsson's Mark Russell. Photo credit: Chelsea Lauren/Variety/REX/Shutterstock)   BY GREG TARR SPECIAL TO DEG Danny Kaye, executive VP and managing director for Fox Innovation Lab, is on a mission to help content creators put their work in front of consumers on as many screens as possible,...

By Anita Busch [caption id="attachment_3978" align="alignleft" width="131"] Kathleen Gallagher[/caption] March 30, 2018 | Kathleen Gallagher has been upped to exec VP & managing director of North American for Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (UPHE). She will now lead UPHE’s physical home entertainment business, including sales, operations, finance, customer marketing and distribution partnerships in the U.S. and Canada. Gallagher replaces longtime UPHE executive Dick Longwell who...

By Anita Busch March 26, 2018 | Vincent Marçais has been named exec VP, worldwide marketing for Paramount Home Media Distribution to oversee the creative advertising, media, brand and market research for all of the studio’s home entertainment releases across physical and digital platforms. Marçais will report to Buchi, President, Worldwide Home Media Distribution, Paramount Pictures...