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June 17, 2020 | Investment analysts Craig Moffett and Michael Nathanson of MoffettNathanson in a new research note explain why their current forecast paints a deflationary picture in video consumer spending going forward from the COVID-19 pandemic, and what that could mean for sectors including theatrical releases, transactional home entertainment and subscription streaming.The analysts write: While the ultimate economic impact from COVID-19...

By Tom Dotan and Jessica Toonkel June 10, 2020 | For more than a dozen years, Hulu was an oddity in video streaming: owned by a group of entertainment giants but controlled by none of them. That fostered a streak of independence at the service—one that employees, who called themselves Hulugans, were proud of. But that independence ended last year when Disney took...

By Dade Hayes May 18, 2020 | Rebecca Campbell, whose promotion to Disney’s Chairman of Direct-to-Consumer & International on Monday put her in charge of Disney+, Hulu, Hotstar and ESPN+, took a somewhat less-traveled road to the C-suite. During the bulk of her 23 years at the company, Campbell focused on local broadcasting, running individual stations and the ABC Owned Television Stations Group, which has...

By Tom Dotan May 14, 2020 | The Walt Disney Co.’s new streaming service may be the best thing going right now at the struggling entertainment giant, which is facing a once-in-a-generation crisis that has ravaged its movie, theme park and cruise businesses. But the company hasn’t spared the division that includes the fast-growing service—Disney+—from the frugality it has imposed on...

Seth Rogen's 'An American Pickle' will bow on HBO Max in August. By Dade Hayes May 13, 2020 | When Disney and Apple undercut Netflix, pricing their new streaming services in the single-digit dollars per month, they shook up the market and reset consumer expectations. HBO Max, which WarnerMedia will launch on May 27, is playing the opposite end of the market. It will retail...

By Tara Lachapelle May 2, 2020 | As Hollywood sets sit empty because of the Covid-19 pandemic, streaming-video apps that were just getting off the ground are now running out of fresh movies and TV episodes. But this is only a hiccup compared to the vexing problem that awaits the industry when it finally emerges from the crisis. Is it possible to make money in the...

By Georg Szalai April 9, 2020 | With The Walt Disney Co. late Wednesday disclosing that its streaming service Disney+ has surpassed the 50 million paid subscriber milestone globally, several Wall Street analysts highlighted that the streamer was performing ahead of expectations and bringing the Hollywood giant some much-needed positive news amid the coronavirus pandemic. "With Disney+ set to launch imminently in some of...

By Jill Goldsmith April 7, 2020 | Walt Disney executive chairman Bob Iger told Barron’s there may be a few movies after Artemis Fowl that jump directly onto Disney+ as the coronavirus pandemic keeps movie theaters shuttered. “In terms of movies going ahead after Artemis, there may be a few more that we end up putting directly onto Disney+, but for the most part a lot of the big tentpole Disney films,...

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...

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...