By Daniel Frankel August 27, 2018 | Having spent more than $1 billion for a salvo of new original shows set to launch next year, Apple is in the process of building out its Culver City, Calif-based marketing team. Over the weekend, Apple posted an job opening on LinkedIn, looking for a “creative director for original content." Silicon Valley’s largest company is seeking...

August 23, 2018 | Walt Disney Co. has been the consistent leader among media and entertainment companies in the Management Top 250 ranking, but Netflix Inc. has made the biggest gains. At No. 53 overall, the studio was the highest-ranked company in the industry sector in the latest analysis. Although the Management Top 250 was first published in December, it was calculated back to 2012. Walt Disney...

By Jonathan Berr August 21, 2018 | Chief executive Bob Iger of  Walt Disney  is facing a challenge that will make his recent victory over Comcast in the battle for 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets seem like a walk in the park. I am not talking about the difficulty Iger will experience in integrating the storied 20th Century Fox studio and other assets of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire into...

By Scott Mendelson August 22, 2018 | If we judge a studio’s summer by the amount of new franchises it created, Warner Bros. may be the unofficial winner. Yes, Walt Disney ruled the roost with 42% of the overall market share, even if 22% of that came from just two movies (Avengers: Infinity War and Incredibles 2). And yes, Universal/Comcast Corp. had the year’s...

By Cynthia Littleton August 21, 2018 | Trying to play catch-up to Netflix, the largest U.S. media conglomerates are bent on reinventing part of their operations as a direct-to-consumer business model. The industry’s biggest content producers aim to tap into the efficiency of streaming video via the internet to build proprietary pipelines into America’s living rooms, laptops, tablets and smartphones. “The modern media...

By Anousha Sakoui, Nabila Ahmed, and Spencer Soper August 16, 2018 | Amazon.com Inc. is in the running to acquire Landmark Theaters, a move that would vault the e-commerce giant into the brick-and-mortar cinema industry, according to people familiar with the situation. The company is vying with other suitors to acquire the business from Wagner/Cuban Cos., which is backed by billionaire Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner, according...

By Lucas Shaw August 15, 2018 | YouTube has become synonymous with online video and the lucrative advertising that it commands. Amazon.com Inc.’s Twitch streaming site is the go-to place for the much smaller audience of video gaming enthusiasts. Now, in a bid to grab a larger slice of the online advertising pie, Amazon has decided to aggressively broaden the programming on...

By Alex Weprin August 13, 2018 | In early 2016, NBCUniversal launched an ambitious direct-to-consumer streaming service called SeeSo. The service, which costs $3.99 per month, was filled with both original and acquired comedy content, and marked the company’s first major foray into standalone streaming services. SeeSo ultimately closed its doors in November, 2017. Now, the company is planning a return to the streaming...

THREE PREDICTIONS FOR THE FUTURE OF CONTENT PAYMENTS August 13, 2018 | For five years, I’ve been a sort of “honeybee” in the world of payments for content owners and rights holders in television, film, video games, sports and elsewhere. It’s been fun and illuminating to flit from company to company to work on payment terms and related issues with more...