By Natalie Jarvey March 23, 2018 | Hollywood's digital producers have turned their attention to a new crop of potential buyers with even deeper pockets:  Netflix, Amazon and Hulu. In recent months, the major streamers have experimented with shortform video show formats and lengths, whether through Amazon's deal (through its Video Direct self-distribution division) to fund Funny or Die-produced short films or Netflix's...

By Janko Roettgers March 20, 2018 | Jeremy Culver thinks he’s found a secret weapon to bring his next movie to the masses. “No Postage Necessary,” a romantic indie comedy coming this June, will be the first film to be to be released with the help of blockchain technology. Viewers will be able to buy the film through the  video app Vevue, and pay...

By Mike Snider March 18, 2018 | AT&T's fight to buy Time Warner — home to DC Comics heroes Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, as well as HBO's Game of Thrones and CNN — heads to a high-stakes throw-down with the Trump administration in the quieter confines of a Washington, D.C., courtroom Monday. The stakes are high for AT&T and could change how viewers watch...

By Robert Lloyd March 14, 2018 | Growth is the business most big businesses are in, and it was natural enough that, having determined to get into original, scripted content — for some time, a kind of sign of arrival for a fledgling network passing out of its early reality-show or all-reruns-all-the-time phase — Netflix and the other streamers would go...

By DANIEL MILLER and JACLYN COSGROVE March 14,  2018 | Walt Disney Co. announced Wednesday a sweeping restructuring aimed at accelerating its global expansion during a period of upheaval for Hollywood. The Burbank-based entertainment giant said it would combine its international media business and its content streaming operation into one unit and create another division to house its consumer products business along with Walt Disney Parks...

By Jeffrey Dastin March 14, 2018 | Amazon.com Inc’s top television shows drew more than 5 million people worldwide to its Prime shopping club by early 2017, according to company documents, revealing for the first time how the retailer’s bet on original video is paying off. The documents also show that Amazon’s U.S. audience for all video programming on Prime, including films and...

By TOM TEODORCZUK March 14, 2018 | Lord [Andrew] Adonis, a former U.K. cabinet minister and academic, is one of the most vociferous, high-profile opponents of Brexit. Recently, he took issue on Twitter with the coverage from the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) of Britain’s protracted departure from the European Union and pleaded for “Netflix [to] set up a sharp, balanced news service.” While Netflix NFLX won’t be setting...

By Todd Spangler March 12, 2018 | Fandango’s FandangoNow video-on-demand service is the fifth online retailer to throw in with Movies Anywhere, the digital movie-collection service owned by Disney. Under the deal, FandangoNow customers can use the Movies Anywhere app and website to access eligible purchases of movies from Walt Disney Studios — encompassing Disney, Pixar, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm — 20th Century Fox Film, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Universal Pictures (including DreamWorks...

By Dade Hayes March 12, 2018 | In a 47-page report out today, influential Wall Street analyst Craig Mofett deems the presumed bid for Comcast by pay-TV giant Sky TV as a gambit with “tremendous risks” that nonetheless could yield an OTT service with Netflix-style advantages.  The near-term upside of Comcast’s overture for Sky has been nil, notes Moffett, a partner in MoffettNathanson...