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Fullscreen Taps Ex-Hulu Boss Andy Forssell As COO

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Andy Forssell, the longtime Hulu executive who in 2013 served a stint as interim CEO, has joined online video company Fullscreen as Chief Operating Officer. He will oversee day-to-day operations of the company's three divisions — serving creators, brands and consumers — as well as shared services including marketing, technology and product development. He also joins the board of directors. At Hulu, Forssell rose to SVP Content, while also overseeing tech and operations… Read


The Sony Hack One Year Later: Just Who Are The Guardians Of Peace?

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It was the most devastating cyber-crime ever committed against an American corporation, and its repercussions are still being felt not only in Hollywood but across the country and around the world. One year ago today, Sony Pictures Entertainment was hacked by shadowy terrorists calling themselves the "Guardians of Peace," later identified by the FBI as operatives of the North Korean government. The attack would come to involve the President of the United States, the FBI… Read


MGM And Lionsgate Provide Movies To Tubi TV After Buying Equity Stakes

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MGM and Lionsgate movies including Midnight Cowboy, Crash, Rain Man, The Hurt Locker, Pink Panther, Fargo, and American Psycho are about to become available on Tubi TV after the studios made equity investments in the ad-supported streaming service’s parent, adRise. MGM made a larger investment than Lionsgate, but this morning’s announcement doesn’t say how much the studios put in or how much they will own. It notes that former Fox Television Entertainment Group Chairman Sa… Read


Univision Introduces Live Subscription Streaming Service Univision Now


Univision has joined the parade of TV providers offering a subscription online service with live and on-demand programming. The Latino-focused media company just unveiled Univision Now, which will stream Univision and UniMás over the web and to iOS and Android devices for those who pay $5.99 a month or $59.99 a year. Most, but not all, programs will be available. Among the shows subscribers will be able to watch are Muchacha Italiana Viene a Casarse, Antes Muerta Que Lichi… Read

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Disney’s ‘Lion King’ Roars Past ‘Cats’ – But Andrew Lloyd Webber Says “Meeeow!”

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UPDATE Tuesday afternoon: Adds further comment from Disney’s Tom Schumacher, below. EXCLUSIVE: Disney’s blockbuster The Lion King passed Cats last week to become the third-longest-running show in Broadway history. But Disney’s claim that a new ad for the show represented a first in 360-degree promotion had Cats master Andrew Lloyd Webber, well, baring his claws. On Wednesday morning, Disney is planning to unveil a virtual reality clip of The Lion King‘s famous “Circle Of… Read


TiVo’s Tom Rogers Gives Up CEO Job, But Will Stay As Chairman

CHICAGO - OCTOBER 21:  Tom Rogers, President and CEO of TiVO, speaks to communications professionals at Supercomm 2009 October 21, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. Supercomm draws together Industry leaders in broadband communication to showcase the latest equipment and technology.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

This is a big change for TiVo, whose stock price has declined nearly 34% over the last 12 months. The company says that CEO Tom Rogers will give up the top job at the end of January, but remain as the non-executive Chairman. The board has formed a search committee to find a replacement.  Rogers’ “accomplishments aren’t fully reflected in TiVo’s stock price,” says lead independent director Dan Moloney. The company plans to take a one-time charge to cover “separation costs… Read


Time Warner Weighs Partnership Investment In Hulu: Report

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Time Warner is considering the possibility of becoming a part owner of Hulu — joining Disney, Fox, and Comcast — the Wall Street Journal reports today citing “people familiar with the matter.” One of its sources says that the talks “aren’t advanced.” Still, it seems that the players are circling around terms that would give Time Warner a 25% stake in the streaming service in a deal that values Hulu at more than $5 billion, the paper says. The goal would be to help Hulu… Read


Activision Blizzard Says ‘Call Of Duty: Black Ops III’ Sold $550M In First 3 Days

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 05:  Atmosphere during the Call of Duty Black Ops III launch at One Mayfair on November 5, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for EA Sports)

Now that Activision Blizzard has announced its plan to launch a movie and TV studio, Hollywood might want to pay more attention to its hits — including today’s news regarding Call Of Duty: Black Ops III. In its first three days, the tentpole title generated $550 million in worldwide sales, the company says. That makes it “the biggest entertainment launch this year in any medium, and bigger than any theatrical opening weekend ever,” CEO Bobby Kotick says. That’s an… Read


Les Moonves: NY Ban On FanDuel & DraftKings Not “Monumental” For CBS

Allen And Company Annual Meeting Draws Top Business Leaders To Sun Valley, Idaho

Nothing seems to fluster CBS chief Les Moonves, including New York’s new attack on two of his large sports advertisers: fantasy sports powers FanDuel and DraftKings. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman issued a cease-and-desist order Tuesday, charging that they’ve operated as illegal gambling sites. The companies “are big advertisers for all of the networks,” Moonves said this morning at the RBC Technology, Internet, Media and Telecom Conference in Manhattan… Read


Netflix Says It’s Back Online After Brief Outage

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This could have put a crimp in plans if Tuesday is your Binge Night. But Netflix quickly resolved a streaming outage impacting users for a brief time this evening. The streaming issues we reported earlier have now been resolved. Thank you for your patience, and as always, happy streaming! — Netflix CS (@Netflixhelps) November 11, 2015 An hour earlier, the Internet went into a panic: Hi all – we are aware of streaming issues on some devices & we are working quickly… Read


Activision Blizzard Launches Studio With ‘Call Of Duty’ And ‘Skylanders’ Plans

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Hollywood already generates a lot of movies and TV shows based on video games. Now one of the biggest companies in the field will become more directly involved: Activision Blizzard just unveiled its own operation — Activision Blizzard Studios — that will develop films and TV shows based on its hit games including Call Of Duty, SkylandersDiablo, Hearthstone and StarCraft. “We’re not in the film and television business, we’re in the franchise, intellectual property… Read


Disney To Add ABC, ESPN And Other Channels To Sony’s PlayStation Vue

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Investors will be looking for any signal about the growth prospects for ESPN later today when Disney reports September quarter earnings and talks to analysts. So it’s probably no coincidence that the company used this morning to disclose that Disney-owned ABC stations and cable channels including ESPN Media Networks will be distributed on Sony’s PlayStation Vue streaming service. No word on when this will begin. Disney’s agreement provides for in and out of home on-demand… Read