Disney’s proposed acquisition of much of 21st Century Fox was driven, in part, by Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger’s recognition of Disney’s internal TV studio’s spotty record. The ABC television studio became overly reliant on a handful of showrunners, including Shonda Rhimes, who decamped for a bigger deal at Netflix. ABC has leaned on outside studios, including 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures Television and Warner Bros., for its hit programming. … [Read more...] about Craig Hunegs, Warner Bros. veteran, to run Disney Television Studios
By Joe Flint WSJ Mon., March 4, 2019 AT&T Inc. said it is shaking up its WarnerMedia unit, doing away with an outdated structure in a bid to make the company more competitive in an entertainment industry reshaped by consolidation and technology. The reorganization announced Monday breaks up the company’s Turner unit, whose parts will be absorbed by other divisions. In another significant move, a programming czar has been put in place to guide the creative operations at HBO, Turner and a new streaming service WarnerMedia is launching later this year. Former NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt, who was appointed to that programming position Monday, will have full discretion when it comes to deciding where any WarnerMedia-produced content runs, WarnerMedia Chief Executive John Stankey said in an interview. When AT&T agreed to buy it in 2016, the company—then known as Time Warner—owned three businesses that all produced content but … [Read more...] about AT&T breaks up Turner, bulks up Warner Bros. in major overhaul
Warner Bros. shut down a Kickstarter campaign to remove the rat from the end of “The Departed.” Warner Bros. claimed it “violates our copyright in this film.” The campaign wanted to raise money in order to digitally erase the rat from the final shot of “The Departed” on 50 Blu-ray copies and redistribute them. “The Departed” finally got Martin Scorsese his best director Oscar in 2007, but one aspect of the movie rubs some fans the wrong way. A Kickstarter campaign launched by Adam Sacks of New York went viral this month for drawing attention to the movie’s ending. The Kickstarter attempted to raise $US4,000 by March 21 in order to purchase the necessary equipment to digitally erase the rat from the final shot of “The Departed.” For those who don’t know, “The Departed” follows an undercover cop (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) who infiltrates the Boston mob while there is also a mole (Matt Damon) in … [Read more...] about Warner Bros. squashed a fan’s Kickstarter campaign to edit the rat out of the ending of ‘The Departed’
Feb 27, 4:14 PM EST Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury Technology By Corazon Victorino 12/07/16 AT 8:55 PM Apple wants to earn that distinction from other platforms that provide streaming access to movies. The tech giant wants to do so by sealing a deal with major film production and distribution companies in order for currently showing movies to be made available on iTunes. Bloomberg learned this Wednesday that Apple is already in talks with Warner Bros, 21st Century Fox and Universal Pictures for a deal that could secure simultaneous access to movies that are still being shown in cinemas. Since this would mean earlier access to movies compared to other movie streaming services out there, consumers would have to pay extra fees for the premium rental. The deal that is being put under the microscope states that movie companies will have to provide copies of their new films two weeks after they are released in cinemas. … [Read more...] about Apple In Talks With Warner Bros, Universal Pictures And 21st Century Fox For Still Showing Movies iTunes Rental Deal
Jan 30, 4:15 PM EST Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury Business By Dawn Geske 01/30/19 AT 3:51 PM While Universal Studios has quietly gone about moving forward with its rumored third theme park Fantastic Worlds, Warner Bros. may be looking to object to the name of the Orlando, Florida, attraction.Universal Studios filed for trademarks last June, but Warner Bros. recently filed two extensions for a “Time to Oppose for Good Cause” regarding the trademarked name, according to Orlando Weekly. Warner Bros hasn’t formally issued an objection to the name to date.It has been speculated that Warner Bros. may be issuing the objection because the new theme park from Universal is rumored to have a "Fantastic Beasts" attraction which could cause some confusion with the name Fantastic Worlds.Warner Bros. owns the rights to the "Harry Potter" films, but Universal features "Harry Potter"-themed attractions within … [Read more...] about Universal Studios vs Warner Bros: What’s Happening With Fantastic Worlds Park?