By Erich Schwartzel JULY 10, 2019 | As Walt Disney Co., AT&T Inc.’s WarnerMedia and Apple Inc. prepare to enter the crowded streaming-entertainment market, they are racing to stand out with epics, resuling in streaming show costs as big as those for a major movie. These new services are hoping their planned television epics shows will capture the cultural conversation, like “Game...

While the mass market consumer is becoming aware of larger (75 inch) 4K displays, 8K technology is preparing to open up the 82-98-inch category July 15, 2019 | Buzz about innovative new products and services such as 8K TVs and 5G tend to attract media attention, but it’s the early majority consumer base that ultimately defines long-term success. This group is vast...

By Brooks Barnes JULY 14, 2019 | LOS ANGELES — Dolly Parton recently held court there, big wig and all. Leonardo DiCaprio and John Kerry arrived at the same time last month. Cindy Crawford on the left, David Letterman on the right. And isn’t that Beyoncé by the espresso bar? Netflix’s 4,780-square-foot lobby is an icon of the Hollywood of today, with...

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 Meg James July 9, 2019 | WarnerMedia is looking for a little help from its “Friends” to launch the company’s upcoming HBO Max streaming service. The AT&T-owned business said Tuesday its new service, which will launch next spring, would have exclusive rights to all 236 episodes of “Friends,” which was produced by Warner Bros. Television and has been one of...

LOS ANGELES (July 8, 2019): DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group is pleased to announce it will present its third annual "Hedy Lamarr Award for Innovation in Entertainment Technology” to Willow Bay, Dean of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. DEG created the Innovation Award to recognize female executives in the fields of entertainment and technology who have made...

By Kyle Buchanan July 1, 2019 | Big studios are gobbling each other up as smaller movies struggle and even name-brand titles tank at the box office. Netflix is revolutionizing the way people watch films, while major new streaming services from Apple, Disney, Warner Bros. and other deep-pocketed studios are coming soon. And every aspect of the movie industry — from...

June 28, 2019 | As worldwide TV household penetration is quite saturated, the flat panel TV market has been driven by consumer adoption of TVs with higher resolution, larger screen size, and connected and integrated applications and services, notes tech market advisory firm ABI Research. While flat panel TV makers have announced 8K TV sets, it is the 4K TV market...

By Brooks Barnes [caption id="attachment_7638" align="alignright" width="254"] Ann Sarnoff[/caption] June 24, 2019 | AT&T on Monday chose a Hollywood outsider, Ann Sarnoff, to run its recently acquired Warner Bros. movie and television studio, which will play a major role in the conglomerate’s coming streaming service. Ms. Sarnoff, a New Yorker whose career has included leadership roles at Nickelodeon, the Women’s National Basketball Association, Dow Jones...