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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 Erich Schwartzel April 28, 2020 | LOS ANGELES—Last month, as the nation’s movie theaters were days from closing down, executives at Comcast Corp. ’s Universal Pictures moved on a decision that would soon pay off handsomely. A massive marketing campaign was already under way for the studio’s April 10 release, “Trolls World Tour,” an animated sequel to the 2016 hit. The studio decided not...

By Kelly Gilblom March 23, 2020 | Over the weekend, Universal Pictures’ “The Invisible Man” and Walt Disney Co.’s “Onward” were the two most popular movies to buy or rent on FandangoNow, an online service. Both were supposed to be exclusively in theaters for the next several weeks, but those plans were upended when most of the 40,000 U.S. theaters closed due...

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 (and...