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“The first problem you have to deal with is your own reaction. You will not be able to solve anything outside until you own how the situation affects you inside.” – Michael Singer, The Untethered Soul September 9, 2019 | Pursuing “success,” most people instinctively rely on the American work ethic formula: work hard, be smart, and push through obstacles to emerge...

Consumer viewing time is leveling off, but there is still interest in adding new services — with the right content September 4, 2019 | There is little question that the proliferation of media and entertainment services and content available to consumers can be overwhelming if not mind-boggling. What started as a way of giving consumers more choice and control over...

by Ryan Faughnder July 26, 2019 | Walt Disney Co.’s photo-realistic version of “The Lion King” is expected to continue to dominate the multiplex this weekend after already collecting about $729 million in global receipts. But the technologically innovative film’s impact could go well beyond the box office. “The Lion King’s” unusual production techniques, including its use of video game...

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,...

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 —...

By Dade Hayes June 22, 2019 | Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos, in a lengthy sit-down with Liberty Global CEO Mike Fries, covered a host of topics, including talent agencies producing content, Disney’s streaming outlook and Netflix’s M&A future. The pair spoke onstage Friday night at SeriesFest in Denver, an emerging TV-focused festival. The hour-and-10-minute discussion (see video clip below), which included an unusually comprehensive audience Q&A, found both...

By Eric Johnson June 10, 2019 | Every pay-to-stream video company is fighting a “battle royale” for your attention, and not all of them will make it. Former Amazon Studios strategist Matthew Ball says Netflix and Disney are safe bets to land on the winners list, but now as an outsider looking in, he thinks there’s a strong argument that...

June 4, 2019 | Investment analysts Craig Moffett and Michael Nathanson of MoffettNathanson examine WarnerMedia’s direct-to-consumer plans in a May 29 report informed by a recent interview they conducted with WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey. The pair size up the competitive situation for WarnerMedia as promising, but not without challenges: AT&T, like Disney, will have to forgo high margin licensing revenue...

By Lucas Shaw May 30, 2019 | Hollywood studios say they’re breaking up with Netflix. But the reality isn’t that simple. Two years ago, Walt Disney Co. parted ways with Netflix Inc. in a public declaration of war. The owner of Star Wars, Marvel and Pixar movies would stop licensing films to the world’s most popular paid online TV network. Instead, Disney planned...