More stories from Daniel Frankel


The deal adds movies and TV shows from one of Hollywood’s most essential content libraries, including Moonstruck, Silence of the Lambs, Rain Man and Thirtysomething. Amazon has now licensed 18,000 movies and TV episodes for its subscription streaming service. Read more »

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Despite steep declines for DVD sales and domestic theater admissions, Pricewaterhouse Coopers says that shortened release windows, the proliferation of streaming, and of course, China, will help the global movie business grow about 3 percent a year through 2016. Read more »


Since the sign-off of its Starz deal in February, Netflix’s streaming service has been largely devoid of new blockbuster movie titles. Can the arrival of top-grossing films like Thor, Transformers 3 and Immortals kickstart Netflix’s sluggish subscriber growth … and stock price? Read more »


The major broadcast networks have only secured modest single-digit price increases for their commercial time. But more troubling for them, they have failed to grow their overall dollar volume, suggesting a portion of the business is migrating to digital. Read more »

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NBC entertainment president Robert Greenblatt recruits another one of his former Showtime underlings, Robert Hayes, to run digital operations. Under a re-structuring, digital — which had been under the watch of NBC Broadcasting chairman Ted Harbert — will now be Greenblatt’s purview. Read more »

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Shareholders vote overwhelmingly to change the company’s classified board status, which features various members serving staggered terms of differing lengths, into a standard structure in which members come up for vote every year. While non-binding, the vote could leave Netflix more open to takeover. Read more »

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The agency hires away Warner Bros. executive Keyvan Peymani to lead its newly christened digital strategy team. The firm is looking to diversify from just representing YouTube stars and transition into the more profitable area of incubating tech-media start-ups. Former digital head George Ruiz exits. Read more »


Sure, the satellite TV service faces rising programming costs, flattening subscriber growth and an obsolete one-way broadcast platform here in the U.S. But Sanford Bernstein senior analyst Craig Moffett told investors this week they’re not seeing the company’s huge growth potential in Latin America. Read more »


Netflix’s fast-growing subscription VOD business now consumes 44 percent the online movie market compared to just 32.3 percent for Apple’s iTunes, according to research company IHS Screen Digest. This, of course, is a bad sign for studios pushing for higher-margin digital movie sales. Read more »

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The film business is under pressure to cut costs and dramatically change the way it windows its releases. But after Bob Iger’s bold choice of Rich Ross three years ago yielded more flops than innovation, the Disney CEO turned to made veteran studio boss Alan Horn Thursday. Read more »


The Weinstein Company’s tongue-in-cheek 3D horror sequel will debut simultaneously on pay TV VOD through Starz, and on internet-based platforms including Amazon and Facebook. Such “day and date” releases are still rare for such semi-high-profile films, and it’s never been done with a 3D movie. Read more »

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With around 18 percent of its audience consuming its programs on digital platforms, the CW has emerged as broadcast TV’s most innovative network in terms of tracking and monetizing digital viewers. But without that billion dollars from Netflix, where would it be? Read more »


Amazon’s European subsidiary now has exclusive second pay-TV window rights locked up for three of Hollywood’s six major studios, leaving precious little premium content left over for rival Netflix to acquire when it expands into Western Europe later this year. Read more »


As part of its settlement of a class-action privacy suit, Netflix will “de-couple” information about which movies its former customers rented from their basic identification profiles no more than one year after they leave the service. Read more »

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While growth of flat-screen TV sales seems to have plateaued in mature markets like the U.S. and UK, research NPD DisplaySearch finds that there are still plenty of cathode ray-tube TV sets to be replaced in countries like China, Russia, Brazil and Mexico Read more »


Just what do you call a company that hurts and helps your business at the same time? With Netflix draining ratings for some programs, spiking the performance of others, and all the while increasing broadband sales, Cox Communications’ Patrick Esser came up with the perfect term. Read more »

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The killer asset in the video age is widely believed to be a large library full of content that can be sold, licensed and re-distributed onto emerging platforms. But media executives Rob Burnett and Lisa Gersh had different opinions at paidContent 2012. Read more »

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Amid growing speculation that Hulu doesn’t fit the TV Everywhere goals of its media-conglomerate parents, News Corp.’s digital chief said at paidContent 2012 direct-to-consumer businesses like the streaming service are essential for survival. Read more »


With TV repeats and original series emerging as important drivers of Netflix’s content mix, the company has made two key executive moves intended to bolster those areas. Cindy Holland will now serve as VP of original content, while Jason Ropell will oversee U.S. TV licensing. Read more »


Popular YouTube video channel has landed a $35M round of funding, with Google leading the round. While Google has given its video content partners seed money in the past, this is the first time it’s given big-time VC dollars to one of them. Read more »


Aggressive investments into professional-grade (and semi-professional-grade) video content have dramatically increased the average amount of time viewers on YouTube and Yahoo spend watching shows each month. The competition, meanwhile, has seen its usage decline in a big way. We crunch the comScore video numbers. Read more »

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An agreement between Viacom and Time Warner Cable ends a year-long court fight and lets the No. 2 cable service stream channels like MTV and Comedy Central on iPads. But will it finally kick-start the kind of wide-scale dealmaking needed to make TV Everywhere a reality? Read more »


Turner Networks was looking to augment its digital portfolio with a proven producer of low-cost internet video. Funny or Die was looking for a little old-media reach and muscle to help it grow. Why their partnership could signal a coming acquisition wave of independent video producers Read more »

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