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BY JONAH WEINER July 10, 2019 | When Nick Weidenfeld heard what happened at HBO last summer, he was thrilled. “Everyone I knew was texting that article around, saying, ‘What the [expletive]!’ ” Weidenfeld, an independent TV producer, recently recalled. A lot of people who work in Hollywood were spooked by the news, but not him: “I thought it was amazing.” Weidenfeld was...

By Nellie Andreeva July 8, 2019 | A new deal template, which is being floated by the recently formed Disney TV Studios as well as sibling FX Prods., will eliminate all that. I hear Disney TV studio executives have been informing agencies and producers of a new compensation model they are looking to employ across the board for broadcast, cable and...

By Jessica Toonkel and Tom Dotan June 14, 2019 | As companies like WarnerMedia and Apple prepare to market new video services to consumers, they are racing to develop hit shows. But as vital as good programming is, figuring out how to sign up and keep subscribers is just as important. To do so, media companies are tapping new types of executives...

By Stephen McBride May 21, 2019 | Netflix changed how we watch TV, but it didn’t really change what we watch… Netflix has achieved its incredible growth by taking distribution away from cable companies. Instead of watching The Office on cable, people now watch The Office on Netflix. This edge isn’t sustainable. In a world where you can watch practically anything whenever you want, dominance in distribution is very fragile. Read more on Forbes. Related Articles: Disney+...

CONTACT: Bekah Sturm 424-248-3814 Bekah@degonline.org New benefits, activities and events added for members at all levels and in all sectors of digital media LOS ANGELES (May 20, 2019) – DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group today announced it has created an Advisory Board of senior executives for its Canon Club, which since its inception has been a place where women at all levels and in all...

By Thomas K. Arnold May 6, 2019 | Two of the five major studios have quietly changed the names of their home entertainment divisions. Paramount Pictures is once again using Paramount Home Entertainment, after several years of operating as Paramount Home Media Distribution. And Walt Disney Studios’ home entertainment arm is now known as Disney Direct-to-Consumer and International. Read more on Media Play News....

BY TODD SPANGLER May 1, 2019 | Disney has hired Michael Cerda, former chief product officer of Goldman Sachs’ Marcus online consumer bank division, as VP of product for Disney+. Cerda will be responsible for the end-to-end Disney+ consumer experience across mobile and connected-TV devices for the subscription-video service, which is slated to launch in the U.S. on Nov. 12 at an...

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...