Direct-to-Consumer Tag

By Georg Szalai March 16, 2020 | With stock markets battered by the coronavirus, and shares of entertainment giants hit hard, some on Wall Street have started wondering if cash-rich technology powerhouses could consider takeover offers for Hollywood companies. Rosenblatt Securities analyst Bernie McTernan in a Friday research report, for example, suggested that Apple, led by CEO Tim Cook, could consider acquiring the...

By Kim Masters March 19, 2020 | As the global coronavirus pandemic has shut down movie theaters around the world, the film business faces a potentially transformative question: Should studios hold movies for a later, indefinitely postponed theatrical release or make them available as online attractions now? While NBCUniversal and Sony Pictures are offering films on a pay-per-view basis, media analyst Rich Greenfield...

Melissa McCarthy vehicle 'Superintelligence' is headed to HBO Max. By Mia Galuppo March 11, 2020 | As Hollywood enters the streaming age, feature film producers are grappling with a new buzzword in pitch meetings: "theatricality." Walt Disney Studios president of production Sean Bailey describes it as the kind of movie "you have to see on the big screen and you have to see...

(Above) Britbox's MI-5. By Ben Munson March 5, 2020 | BritBox, a North American subscription streaming video service from BBC Studios and ITV, said it now has one million subscribers, double what it had in January 2019. The company cited some Parks Associates research suggesting it’s the fastest growing targeted stand-alone SVOD service since its launch in March 2017. The service, which offers access...

By Julia Alexander February 29, 2020 | Between 2006 and now, Disney spent around $100 billion to become the unbeatable giant it is today, snapping up Pixar, Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, BAMTech, and 21st Century Fox. While the acquisitions were made as the result of teamwork across a number of divisions, they were mostly led by two people: Bob Iger, who was CEO up until...

By Edvard Pettersson and Olivia Rockeman February 10, 2020 | A century after the pioneers of Hollywood built their studios here, a new breed of entertainment company is transforming this California town just east of Santa Monica into a hotbed for content. Amazon.com Inc., Apple Inc. and AT&T Inc.’s HBO are moving into vast office and production spaces in the city of 40,000 over the next few...

By Julia Alexander January 31, 2020 | Randy Freer is stepping down from his role as Hulu CEO as Disney moves to consolidate its direct-to-consumer business under its own executives. Part of the decision to roll Hulu’s business operations into Disney’s direct-to-consumer division is to help “rapidly grow our presence outside the US,” according to a company press release. Read more on...

By Rani Molla January 27, 2020 | There’s a lot less stuff on Netflix these days — and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. New data shows that Netflix’s library is way smaller than it used to be, but the streaming service’s latest successes with original content suggest that its years-old strategy to move away from licensing content could finally be...

By Patrick Coffee January 23, 2020 | AT&T has made no secret of its desire to lead the increasingly fractured media landscape through its newly acquired WarnerMedia entertainment properties and Xandr adtech division. Business Insider obtained a strategy deck that WarnerMedia execs presented to ad agencies late last summer. It shows how much the strategy will focus on its streaming service HBO Max,...