Film/TV

Crowded TV Marketplace Gets Ready for Three Tech Giants (NY Times)

Apple has more than $1 billion budgeted for original programming, Facebook wants its own version of “Scandal” and Google is ready to spend up to $3 million per episode on a dra... More

Virtual Reality Films Take Hold at Fall’s Film Festivals (Variety)

The possibility that virtual reality could push the limits of the moviegoing experience took a leap forward with Alejandro G. Inarritu’s immigration-themed installation “Carne ... More

Hollywood, Apple Said to Mull Rental Plan, Defying Theaters (Bloomberg)

Movie studios are considering whether to ignore the objections of cinema chains and forge ahead with a plan to offer digital rentals of films mere weeks after they appear in theate... More

Hollywood Relies on Avid to Create the Summer’s Biggest Blockbusters (MESA)

Avid today announced that Hollywood’s top creative talent entrusted Avid’s comprehensive tools and workflow solutions to produce this summer’s hottest films. Powered by the M... More

Prime Focus Details ‘Game of Thrones’ Breach

On Aug. 4, a link to view episode four of season seven of “Game of Thrones” bearing a Star India watermark appeared online three days before its airdate as an outcome of an ill... More

Traditional or Digital, TV Networks Crave Just One Thing (Forbes)

There were two big stories in the TV industry last week and they both revolved around data. Disney announced that it would be launching standalone OTT apps for ESPN and for the ... More

Apple Reportedly Allocates $1 Billion to Original Video Content (Fortune)

Apple is reportedly tooling up for the increasingly furious fight over original video content with a $1 billion budget for the next year. On Wednesday, The Wall Street Journal repo... More

See Unlimited Movies for $10 a Month? Not So Fast, says AMC Theatres (Los Angeles Times)

MoviePass is trying to become the Netflix of movie theaters by offering virtually unlimited movies for less than $10 a month. But that plan has drawn the ire of the world’s large... More

Vubiquity to Support Oi Brazil’s TV Everywhere Service (RTN)

Media and entertainment content monetisation firm Vubiquity has signed a deal with Brazilian broadband operator Oi to provide customers with exclusive access to on-demand video con... More

Deluxe Appoints Walter Schonfeld as President, Deluxe Distribution (MESA)

Deluxe announced today the appointment of Walter Schonfeld as President, Deluxe Distribution. In this role, he will lead worldwide operations for Delivery, Localization, and Digita... More

Redbox, Lionsgate Unveil New Day-and-Date Distribution Deal (HMM)

Redbox and Lionsgate announced a new distribution deal affording the kiosk vendor access to new-release Lionsgate DVD and Blu-ray Disc titles the same day as retail sellthrough dat... More

Sony Launches its Own Theatrical Distributors in Southeast Asia (Variety)

Sony Pictures Entertainment has terminated a longstanding theatrical-releasing joint venture with Disney in Southeast Asia, moving instead to launch distributors of its own in four... More

Facebook’s March Into Video Begins Now (VideoNuze)

Last night Facebook announced “Watch,” as its primary video initiative. Watch is an update of Facebook’s Video Tab, which was originally introduced in April, 2016, but with a... More

Why Brands and Agencies are Preparing for the Era of 6-Second Ads (Adweek)

Let the upcoming fourth quarter be known as the incubator phase of the six-second video ad unit, a few industry players echoed in recent days. Next year, they say, it’s go time. ... More

Avid’s Doug Price on the Early Success of Media Central Cloud UX (SVG)

Video: Avid has undergone quite a transformation over the past couple of years. One of the latest major software-based introductions was Media Central Cloud UX, which first debuted... More

Pre-Production: Helping Developers Get What They Need, Not Just What They Want (Develop)

Julian Mower, Testronic’s Head of Pre-Production: Of course, many people know exactly what they need. But you’d be surprised how often people need QA and, due to scale or budge... More

Apple Helped Reinvent Music But Dawdles on Television (Bloomberg)

Apple thinks big. The company has a cult following in part because it aims to create products that change how people work and live. And it has done so with the graphical user inter... More

Tobey Maguire Chess Movie Launches Day-and-Date On Amazon in the U.K. (Variety)

“Pawn Sacrifice” will launch on Amazon’s U.K. Prime Video on August 13, the first time the streaming service has had a movie day and date with its theatrical release in the c... More

Director Doug Liman Discusses VR Storytelling (Digital Trends)

"I learned that there’s so much more to learn about telling stories in VR, and that’s what excites me so much about it because I think that Invisible is already such a leap for... More

Lionsgate Bullish that PVOD Will Happen in the Future Despite AMC Saying It’s Unlikely for 2017 (Deadline)

On Tuesday’s Lionsgate earnings call, CEO Jon Feltheimer asserted that PVOD “will happen and I do believe it will be extraordinary for everyone involved in the motion picture b... More