M&E News Headlines

Disney Pledge to Buy Sky’s News Unit Clears Regulatory Path for Fox Consolidation (MCN)

U.K. Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Matthew Hancock said Tuesday that the Disney purchase of Sky News meets his criteria for the larger deal -- Fox's plan... More

IBM, Mediaocean Partner to Integrate Blockchain Across Media Ecosystem (MESA)

Mediaocean and IBM iX today announced the launch of a blockchain consortium for the digital media supply chain. Bringing together some of the world's largest advertisers, agencies ... More

Marc Benioff of Salesforce: ‘Are We Not All Connected?’ (NY Times)

Salesforce may not be a household name like Facebook or Twitter, but the software company and its chief executive, Marc Benioff, are hugely influential forces in the technology ind... More

SAP Pivots as the Customer Turns 2018 (ZDNet)

SAP announced what is probably the most significant initiative as a company since their initial creation of SAP ERP R/2 back in the stone age. They are now customer facing, focused... More

Luxoft Acquires US-based Digital Innovation Agency, Smashing Ideas (MESA)

Luxoft today announced the acquisition of Smashing Ideas, a Seattle-based design and innovation agency. This acquisition bolsters Luxoft’s digital research, strategy, and design ... More

BTI Studios Appoints New SVP of Sales, The Americas (MESA)

As the newly-appointed SVP of Sales, The Americas, Joe Kahle will manage the U.S. sales team and support BTI’s fast-growing client base across the USA, Canada, and Latin America.... More

Sony Launches First OTT Service in Western Europe (Rapid TV News)

Sony Pictures Television Networks has unveiled in the Netherlands Film1, a premium pay direct-to-consumer subscription movie service which marks is first expansion into the Western... More

Cisco Buys July Systems to Bring Digital Experience to the Real World (TechCrunch)

Customer experience management is about getting to know your customer’s preferences in an online context, but pulling that information into the real world often proves a major ch... More

Technicolor’s Visual Effects Rebrand to Be Led by Rachel Matchett (THR)

Technicolor is rebranding the VFX services offered within Technicolor Production Services as Technicolor Visual Effects. In doing so, it has hired Rachel Matchett to lead the unit.... More

YouTube Launches Premium Video Service Internationally (Deadline)

YouTube is going global with its premium content service, making it available in 12 new countries including the UK and Canada. The Google-owned company is also launching its YouTub... More

Roku to Launch Video Subscription Marketplace (Variety)

Roku plans to launch a marketplace for video subscription services in the coming months, which will allow consumers to sign up for and watch subscription services without the need ... More

Featured Jobs: Adobe; Irdeto; Dolby

Head of Search Science/Analytics — San Jose, CA — Adobe Secure System Engineer — Eagan, MN — Irdeto Senior Specialist, Digital Experience — San Francisco — Dolby Cli... More

Adobe Kicks Off Cannes Lions Activity with the Launch of Attribution IQ (The Drum)

Dubbed Attribution IQ, the new tool sits within Adobe Analytics Cloud and was unveiled to coincide with the opening day of Cannes Lions, with the company claiming that it can help ... More

Teradata’s Bet on Subscriptions is Paying Off (ZDNet)

At the opening keynote of the company's annual industry analyst summit, COO Oliver Ratzeberger displayed a chart showing share prices up almost 40% over the past year, and or almos... More

New CNN Affiliate Looks to Avid for Workflow Solutions (MESA)

Gener 2, a civil engineering companies in Albania launching its first TV channel — A2 TV, an exclusive CNN affiliate — is looking to Avid for a host of workflow solutions to ge... More

Western Digital Streams Greater Efficiency, Innovation into Huawei Big Data, Video Applications (MESA)

As a leader in enterprise-capacity hard disk drives (HDDs) and the inventor of helium HDD technology, Western Digital Corporation today announced that Huawei has qualified its host... More

Netflix is Coming to More Hotel Rooms (Variety)

Netflix is growing its hospitality footprint: The streaming service will arrive in additional hotel rooms in the coming months, thanks to a new partnership with Dish’s Evolve hos... More

Streaming World Cup, U.S. Open Show Increasing Value of Sports (VideoMind)

The deals to bring more premium sports over the top is an indication of just how far we’ve come in the streaming world. Just a couple of years ago, sports rights were seen as the... More

HBO is Getting Bigger Budget Under AT&T to Challenge Netflix (Los Angeles Times)

HBO’s new owner is looking to devote more money to the network behind “Game of Thrones” and “Westworld.” John Stankey, the incoming head of AT&T Inc.’s entertainment di... More

Amazon Tightens Grip on a New Medium: Live Streams of Video Games (NY Times)

In the four years since the sale, video gaming as a spectator sport has gone mainstream, and Twitch has captured the majority of those who want to watch it live. For the dedicated ... More