By Brooks Barnes April 7, 2019 | Retired Ticketmaster tycoon Fred Rosen, 75, and a septuagenarian golfing buddy, Dan Fellman, who is Hollywood’s foremost film distribution expert, have quietly founded Red Carpet Home Cinema, which rents first-run films for $1,500 to $3,000 each. Red Carpet Home Cinema has contracts with Warner Bros., Paramount, Lionsgate, Annapurna and Disney’s 20th Century Fox and...

AI complements rather than replaces essential human tasks in M&E businesses April 8, 2019 | Over the past year, the topic of artificial intelligence (AI) has become increasingly relevant to the media and entertainment industry. While the importance and utility of AI across the media industry are growing, the nature and potential of AI are not necessarily generally understood. [caption id="attachment_6844" align="alignright"...

By Todd Spangler April 8, 2019 | Pluto TV will stream — for free — more than 200 classic “Doctor Who” episodes and other BBC Studios programming under a new content-licensing pact covering the U.S. It’s the first big content deal Pluto TV has announced since Viacom acquired the free, ad-supported streaming startup for $340 million in cash earlier this year. Read more on Variety. Related Articles:  Viacom spent...

By Erik Gruenwedel April 5, 2019 | Paramount Pictures has stopped selling and renting movies at ParamountMovies.com, citing the pending shutdown of the UltraViolet cloud-based storage platform on July 31. UltraViolet is shuttering after most studio members – except Paramount and Lionsgate – joined rival platform Movies Anywhere. Read more on Media Play News. Related Articles: Ultraviolet Cloud Movie Locker to Shut Down [Variety]...

 By Anthony D'Alessandro April 2, 2019 |  Heading to the movies or staying home and streaming one — is it a Sophie’s Choice on the weekend? A recent NRG-Deadline study about moviegoers’ habits has revealed that 66% of those polled frequently watch movies at home on the weekend via streaming, versus 33% who frequently purchase movie tickets. In addition, 60% said...

By Thomas K. Arnold April 3, 2019 | Bill Sondheim has left independent content distributor Cinedigm Corp. after more than five years as president, industry sources told Media Play News. Sondheim was not available for comment, but a Cinedigm publicist confirmed his departure and noted that he will not be replaced. Sondheim for years has been a respected home entertainment executive, known for taking independent...

By Elliot Bentley and Amol Sharma April 1, 2019 | Apple Inc.  has entered the streaming-television arena. But who exactly is it competing with? There isn’t just one race in the streaming-media world. In the U.S., there are at least five distinct categories where Silicon Valley heavyweights and traditional media companies are competing for users’ attention and money. Some, like Netflix Inc., are building subscription entertainment...

(Above) Within content companies, consumer products and distribution groups now must be aligned, particularly around streaming windows.   Consumers have already democratized entertainment, defining it more broadly than ever before April 1, 2019 | It’s not only Disney and Fox that are becoming one. Entertainment encompasses a broader definition than ever before. The original perspective that entertainment came from your television or at...

[Above] Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is an upcoming film from eOne.   By Mia Galuppo March 27, 2019 | eOne and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment have inked a distribution agreement that will see Universal serve as the home entertainment distributor of eOne titles. The multiyear, multi-territory pact will include both digital and physical formats and covers film, television and select family content and includes all...

By Dominic Patten and Anthony D'Alessandro March 25, 2019 | Apple’s new streaming service is coming in this fall with an update to the company’s already existing TV app, the tech giant announced today with one of the greatest filmmakers of all time on-stage and one of the most successful television icons. In a wide ranging announcement on many media fronts, Apple...