New framework designed to enhance cooperation among group members to strengthen the Digital Supply Chain LOS ANGELES (July 18, 2018): DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group, the Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA) and MovieLabs are pleased to mark the beginning of a new, closer alignment through the formation of the Digital Supply Chain Alliance. The Alliance is designed to improve cooperation among DEG, EMA...

By Stephanie Prange July 17, 2018 | Indie suppliers need to maximize existing businesses while embracing the new digital marketplace, said keynote speaker Bill Sondheim, president of the Cinedigm Entertainment Group, during his “State of the Industry” keynote presentation at the Los Angeles Entertainment Summit July 17. While “DVD and the physical formats in general will not be the longtime revenue drivers we’ve...

By Joe Pompeo July 15, 2018 | As a result of the never-ending AT&T-Time Warner combination, John Stankey has gone from being Richard Plepler’s suitor to becoming his boss. (On Thursday, despite the deal’s closure, the Department of Justice announced it would appeal a federal verdict that approved the sale.) Subsequently, the media world has become endlessly fascinated by how a...

By Cynthia Littleton July 12, 2018 | SUN VALLEY, Idaho — Jeff Bezos had the Allen & Co. conference crowd transfixed on Thursday morning as the Amazon CEO spoke about the evolution of his company, what he looks for in leaders, and his ambitious plan to develop the world of outer space for the betterment of humanity. Bezos was the headliner of Day 3 of...

By Greg Tarr July 13, 2018 | Despite some early challenges, shipments of 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray players continued to climb at significant rates over the first half of 2018, according to data from two prominent consumer A/V market research firms. Stephen Baker, technology business analyst for the Port Washington, N.Y.-based NPD Group, said that so far Ultra HD Blu-ray player sales increased...

By Pamela McClintock July 11, 2018 | Summer box office is booming, yet for the first time in two decades, Warner Bros. is largely taking a vacation. Sony Pictures and Paramount, which traditionally have competed heavily in the warm-weather blockbuster season, have generated just 2.2 percent and 4.2 percent of domestic market share, respectively, from May 4 to July 8, with only...

By Michael Rapoport July 8, 2018 | Is it a TV show or a really long movie? In the streaming, binge-watching era, the line between the two has gotten blurry—and that could eventually help nudge earnings upward at companies like Amazon.com Inc. and 21st Century Fox Inc.  Accounting rule makers have tentatively agreed that companies should account for their costs of producing TV shows in the same...

By Dino-Ray Ramos July 8, 2018 | AT&T executive-turned-head of Warner Media John Stankey spoke at a town hall in New York and addressed the changes to come for HBO after the  $85.4 billion merger between AT&T and Time Warner. Although Stankey didn’t mention streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, there were hints that he wanted to pave a road to be more of a streaming giant considering the...

By Daniel Kohn July 5, 2018 | Fans who couldn’t wait to see the red band trailer of Sony’s upcoming “Khali the Killer” film were in for a major surprise when they went to check it out… and it wasn’t due to its violent content. Instead, when the clip was posted on Tuesday, the entire movie landed on Sony’s official YouTube page, accidentally...

By Todd Spangler July 4, 2018 | Netflix is kicking the tires on a new high-end streaming plan — dubbed “Ultra” — to see whether consumers are willing to pay more for four Ultra HD streams or content in HDR format. The Ultra plans cost $16.99 per month and is being tested in two versions. One offers four Ultra HD streams, while the existing $13.99 Premium plan would drop...