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By Todd Spangler July 7, 2020 | In September 2019, Steve Burke, then NBCUniversal chief executive, called Matt Strauss, with a question: Would he take the wheel of the Peacock project? Strauss would need to unleash the service across the U.S. on a dauntingly short timeline — in just 10 months, pegged to the Tokyo Olympics (more on that later). Peacock would face massive competitors and come to...

By Joe Flint and Erich Schwartzel June 20, 2020 | Mr. Jeff Shell has reignited a fight with movie-theater chains, the culmination of a yearslong push to get movies onto digital platforms faster than possible in traditional arrangements. He also is carrying out a far-reaching restructuring to shift resources from aging broadcast and cable networks to the company’s new Peacock streaming-video...

By Natalie Jarvey April 14, 2020 | Starting Wednesday, millions of Comcast customers sheltering at home will gain access to a trove of 15,000 hours of TV shows and movies. The telecom giant’s NBCUniversal division is previewing its new streaming service, Peacock, three months ahead of its national rollout in what will be the first true test of how the coronavirus...

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...

Universal/Dreamworks Animation’s Trolls World Tour, which was scheduled to be the first theatrical comeback title down the road in the midst of the coronavirus climate on Easter weekend April 10, will now go day-and-date in homes and on the big-screen.   By Anthony D'Alessandro March 16, 2020 | In an unprecedented crunch of the theatrical window as several markets across the U.S. close down in...

By Elaine Low January 21, 2020 | You’d think that the steady drumbeat of streaming services being launched might dull the senses, but Wall Street is rather eager to embrace Peacock. NBCUniversal’s new over-the-top entertainment platform sent shares of corporate parent Comcast to an all-time high after its unveiling at the company’s Jan. 16 investor day. The service brought to you by one...

By Nellie Andreeva [caption id="attachment_409" align="alignright" width="150"] Matt Strauss is also Chair of DEG.[/caption] October 7, 2019 | NBCUniversal is making sweeping changes, restructuring its broadcast, studio and digital operations and assigning new roles to a number of the company’s top TV executives, including Bonnie Hammer, Paul Telegdy and George Cheeks. Universal Television and Universal Content Productions will move under a single business unit named NBCUniversal...

By Henry Chu September 20, 2019 | After dominating the subscription streaming scene for so long, Netflix is girding for a new phase in the SVOD wars with the entry of more deep-pocketed players like Disney and Apple, CEO Reed Hastings said in addressing the streamer wars on Friday. “While we’ve been competing with many people in the last decade, it’s a...

By Joe Flint September 17, 2019 | Comcast Corp.’s new streaming service, called “Peacock,” will debut in April with a slate of original programming featuring stars like Alec Baldwin and Demi Moore, in addition to exclusive streaming rights to popular NBC staples from “Parks and Recreation” to “The Office.” Because Comcast is the nation’s largest cable operator, it needs to balance its desire...

By Jessica Toonkel November 9, 2018 | AT&T’s WarnerMedia has approached Comcast’s NBCUniversal to discuss ways of working together, including about licensing films or TV shows for WarnerMedia’s planned new streaming service, according to two people familiar with the discussions. The approach signals that AT&T wants to strengthen its hand in competing with Walt Disney, Netflix and other rivals. In particular, the...