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Will Hollywood’s Streaming Ambition Lead to Big Gaming Buys?

In May 2016, Disney sent shock waves through the video game sector when it ended its stint as a publisher of console titles to, it said, “transition exclusively to a licensing model.” It…

Film/TV Sets Under Strain: Is the COVID-19 Safety Status Quo Good Enough?

Amid the rapid spread of omicron, the Jan. 15 deadline for renewing or changing the COVID-19 safety protocols agreement between the industry’s top guilds and studios came and went without any…

Why the Streamers Are (Finally) Investing in Africa

The year 2022 could be when the global media industry finally starts taking Africa seriously. A string of recent deals among African film and TV producers and global studios and streamers marks a

Will The CW Be a Streaming Wars Casualty?

National broadcast TV networks don’t go on the market very often. So when the news broke that ViacomCBS and WarnerMedia were shopping a majority stake in The CW network, and that local TV…

“It’s a Leaner, Meaner Business”: Hollywood Braces for Volatile 2022 Box Office

Hollywood studio executives breathed a sigh of relief in October and November when overall moviegoing comfort levels hit an average 76 percent, the best of the COVID-19 era. While consumers ages 35

Kim Masters on Hollywood’s Year of Dizzying Uncertainty

What even was 2021 in Hollywood, anyway? It wasn’t really the beginning of anything or the end of anything — just more uncertainty in terms of the shifting map of the industry. Boom for…

Entertainment “Memestocks” Will Be Tested in 2022

A weird thing happened to AMC Entertainment in January. The movie theater giant was reeling from the pandemic, facing a potential bankruptcy, and its stock was trading at $2 per share. And then it

TV News’ Streaming Talent Push: The Future Is Now

On Dec. 12, the news took almost everyone by surprise. Staffers in Fox News Channel’s DC newsroom, and guests on its Fox News Sunday, who were speaking with anchor Chris Wallace on-air…

This Year, Hollywood’s China Relationship Finally Unraveled

In 2014, when Warner Bros. drafted LeBron James to star in its Space Jam sequel, the film was tailored to appeal above all else to the mighty Chinese market. After all, James was a huge commodity…

After Protests, More Black Creators Are Courted by Social Media Apps

Nearly a year ago, TikTok unveiled its Black creatives program, a three-month incubator in partnership with Charles D. King’s Macro media company, to support an inaugural class of 100 creators…

Inside the Hollywood Labor Rebellion: “We Have Awoken a Sleeping Giant”

In his dozen years at IATSE Local USA 829 — United Scenic Artists — national business agent Carl Mulert says he’s never seen members as engaged as they are now, with more calls coming in to…

Studios Eye 2022 Theatrical Slates: “Windowing Is Getting Very Tricky”

When Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story opened to a dismal $10.6 million at the domestic box office over the Dec. 10-12 weekend, Hollywood was despondent. The next question: How quickly will…