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By Nick Bilton April 22, 2019 |Right now, Hollywood is booming. There are now almost 500 original scripted TV series being produced a year, an astounding increase of over 100 from six years ago. But as a longtime technology journalist who has watched technology decimate journalism (or at least journalism’s profit margins), it’s not hard to see why Hollywood is next—and why...

April 25, 2019 | BTI Studios is the world’s fastest growing localization company, providing dubbing,subtitling, and access services in any language. As digital distribution of movie and TV showsgrows around the globe, both content owners and aggregators such as Netflix, Amazon and Hulu are translating content at a rapid rate and into more languages than ever before. “Stories, no matter what  language they were...

By Thomas K. Arnold April 21, 2019 | With the March 20 closure of Walt Disney Co.’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox, much has been written about the storied history of the celebrated film studio, responsible for nearly a century’s worth of big-screen favorites, from Shirley Temple musicals to Star Wars, from The Sound of Music to Avatar. And yet hardly anything has been said about...

By Sahil Patel April 18. 2019 | Later this year, Disney and WarnerMedia, hellbent on building their own direct-to-consumer video businesses, are expected to launch rival streaming services. Apple is introducing its own streaming offering, while Amazon and Hulu look to continue growing their own streaming services. Meanwhile, Netflix’s costs continue to escalate as the company aggressively spends more and...

With all eyes on the monthly pricing of Disney+ relative to (more expensive) Netflix, analyst Michael Nathanson takes a look at Netflix content and what viewers like about it April 8, 2019 | As Disney+,  Apple and WarnerMedia launch new direct to consumer products in 2019, the single most fascinating subject for media research is the dynamic state of the...

By Brooks Barnes April 7, 2019 | Retired Ticketmaster tycoon Fred Rosen, 75, and a septuagenarian golfing buddy, Dan Fellman, who is Hollywood’s foremost film distribution expert, have quietly founded Red Carpet Home Cinema, which rents first-run films for $1,500 to $3,000 each. Red Carpet Home Cinema has contracts with Warner Bros., Paramount, Lionsgate, Annapurna and Disney’s 20th Century Fox...

(Above) Within content companies, consumer products and distribution groups now must be aligned, particularly around streaming windows.   Consumers have already democratized entertainment, defining it more broadly than ever before April 1, 2019 | It’s not only Disney and Fox that are becoming one. Entertainment encompasses a broader definition than ever before. The original perspective that entertainment came from your...

Specialty players continue to grow in a landscape of fewer launches, more major media company activity January 28, 2019 | The “Big Three” U.S. SVOD players – Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video – receive a lot of media attention for their original runaway hits (The Handmaid’s Tale), award-winning series (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) or meme-spurring content (Bird Box). Once...