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Disney Ramps Up Original Content Plans for Disney+, Raising Price

Dec. 10, 2020 · 2:38 PM PST · 1 comment
Disney will roll out at least one new series a week on Disney+, answering critics who said the streaming service didn't have enough new series.
Clockwise from top-left: Jane Wiseman (photo courtesy of Netflix), Kevin Reilly (photo by Shutterstock), Nina Wolarsky (photo courtesy of Netflix), Sofia Chang (photo courtesy of WarnerMedia), Amy Emmerich (photo provided by Ms. Emmerich), Marc Debevoise (photo courtesy of CBS), Chris Spadaccini (photo courtesy of HBO)

AT&T Agrees to Sell Crunchyroll to Sony

Dec. 9, 2020 · 5:11 PM PST
Sony is paying 1.2 billion for the anime-centric media company

Christopher Nolan Lashes Out at WarnerMedia

Dec. 8, 2020 · 11:19 AM PST
It's only a preview of the challenge the media company will have to reckon with in the talent community.

HBO Max Has 12.6 Million Activations

Dec. 8, 2020 · 7:13 AM PST
Eventually live events may premier on HBO Max first just like movies will next year.

Nielsen to Launch New Measurement System in 2024

Dec. 8, 2020 · 5:58 AM PST
The new measurement system will take into account digital, including streaming services, and linear television.

MSNBC to Name Rashida Jones President

Dec. 7, 2020 · 2:29 PM PST
Jones has long been a rising star at NBC News and a rumored candidate.
WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar. Photo by Bloomberg.

WarnerMedia to Debut All 2021 Movies on HBO Max

Dec. 3, 2020 · 10:55 AM PST · 1 comment
Such a move would have been considered unheard of just a year ago, but shows how much the coronavirus pandemic is forcing companies to do things differently.

Amazon in Talks to Buy Podcast Publisher Wondery

Dec. 2, 2020 · 10:26 AM PST
The move marks Amazon’s latest foray into the increasingly competitive podcasting sector

Discovery Rolls Out Streaming Service

Dec. 2, 2020 · 9:23 AM PST
Most major entertainment companies have now rolled out streaming services, endeavoring to capture some of the growth in streaming that has also eroded the hugely lucrative pay TV business.

Final Bids for DirecTV Are Due Friday

Dec. 2, 2020 · 7:53 AM PST
Private equity giant Apollo and a SPAC are among the interested buyers, according to people familiar with the situation.

Netflix to Double Spending on Original Content in Asia

Dec. 2, 2020 · 1:02 AM PST
Netflix is increasingly looking to Asia for its next 100 million users. However, it faces increasing competition from local players such as China's Tencent.

Reddit Discloses Big User Uptick

Dec. 1, 2020 · 8:48 AM PST
The message board community says it has 52 million daily active users.
Still images from The Crown (left), Bordertown, The Boys, Devs and Homeland. Photos provided by Netflix, Amazon, FX and Showtime

New Extension Gives TikTok Parent More Time to Arrange Sale

Nov. 25, 2020 · 1:45 PM PST
The Trump administration extended its review of TikTok’s Chinese parent company, giving the video-sharing app more time to shape its pending sale.

ViacomCBS Sells Simon & Schuster to Bertelsmann

Nov. 25, 2020 · 6:14 AM PST
Losing bidder News Corp complained that Bertelsmann was buying "market dominance" with a high priced offer.

Netflix Pulls Down Chappelle’s Show on Chappelle’s Request

Nov. 24, 2020 · 10:49 AM PST
The comedian said ViacomCBS never paid him for licensing his show.
Art by Jesse Howe

Warner Music Reports Stronger Digital Revenue

Nov. 23, 2020 · 7:36 AM PST
Warner Music stock has stagnated since it went public, reflecting the lack of overall growth despite higher streaming revenue.