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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

‘Captain Marvel’ Crowdfunding Campaign to Hold Free Theater Screenings for Girls Tops $60,000 by Todd Spangler

A crowdfunding effort to pay for free theater screenings of “Captain Marvel” for girls and young women has now raised more than $60,000, three times its original goal. Donors to cause …

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Saturday, December 1, 2018

Ariana Grande’s ‘Thank U, Next’ Video Breaks YouTube Record for Most Views in 24 Hours by Todd Spangler

Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next” video is a bona fide overnight sensation: It has smashed YouTube’s all-time record for most views in the first 24 hours of release. Th…

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Ariana Grande Concert Tour Documentary Series Launch Set on YouTube Premium by Todd Spangler

A behind-the-scenes look at Ariana Grande’s Dangerous Woman Tour is coming to the YouTube Premium subscription service. The four-part “Ariana Grande: Dangerous Woman Diaries̶…

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Disney’s Glendale Games Studio Transfers to Jam City, Which Plans to Create Game for ‘Frozen 2’ by Todd Spangler

Disney entered into a deal with mobile-games studio Jam City to develop titles based on Pixar and Walt Disney Animation franchises — including one tied to next year’s “Froz…

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Ariana Grande Using Snapchat to Launch ‘Sweetener’ Merchandise via a Shoppable Selfie Lens by Todd Spangler

Ariana Grande is revealing new merchandise tied to her new album, “Sweetener,” exclusively on Snapchat with a custom selfie Lens — which also will let fans purchase the pro…

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Marc Hustvedt, Ex-CEO of Above Average, Joins Fine Brothers Entertainment (EXCLUSIVE) by Todd Spangler

Internet-video veteran Marc Hustvedt is leaving Above Average, the digital comedy brand formed by Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video, to join Fine Brothers Entertainment as CEO. Fine Broth…

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Atom Tickets Inks Landmark Theatres Pact for Online Movie Ticketing by Todd Spangler

Atom Tickets is expanding its online-ticketing network to include Landmark Theatres, allowing the studio-backed startup to sell tickets for the indie-film exhibitor’s 53 theaters with …

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

‘Harry Potter’ Game Launch Date Set With Maggie Smith, Other Actors Lending Their Voices by Todd Spangler

Dame Maggie Smith and other actors from Warner Bros.’ Harry Potter films will be giving voice to characters in the new “Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery” role-playing game, w…

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Disney Reorganizes Divisions, Creates Dedicated Direct-to-Consumer Streaming Unit by Todd Spangler

Disney announced a reorganization of the company into four segments, which will include a newly created direct-to-consumer division to house the conglomerate’s portfolio of streaming s…

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

HQ Trivia Banks $15 Million in Venture Funding to Fuel Mobile Game That Pays Real Prize Money by Todd Spangler

HQ Trivia’s founders now have more money to throw into building what has become a viral hit — their live-streaming game-show app played by millions of people, vying to win actual…

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Funny Or Die to Retire Decade-Old Website, Will Migrate to Vox Media’s Platform by Todd Spangler

Funny Or Die is putting its aging web platform out to pasture. Starting this summer, the digital comedy outfit will move over to Vox Media’s platform — and under t…

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Hulu Buys Madison Square Garden Theater Naming Rights by Todd Spangler

Hulu is slapping its name all over a landmark New York City venue: The subscription-streaming service has inked a multiyear marketing pact with the Madison Square Garden Co., which includes …

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Disney Inks Mobile-Game Deal With ‘Kim Kardashian: Hollywood’ Developer by Todd Spangler

Characters from Disney and Pixar’s film franchises will be coming to a new mobile game, under a deal struck with games developer and publisher Glu Mobile. Glu Mobile announced a pact w…

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Netflix Took $39 Million Write-Down for ‘Unreleased Content’ — Was It Related to Kevin Spacey Scandal? by Todd Spangler

Netflix, in announcing its fourth-quarter 2017 earnings with record subscriber additions, said it had taken a $39 million write-down related to content “we’ve decided not to mov…

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Above Average Steers Focus to Original Comedy Series for TV, Digital Services by Todd Spangler

Above Average started life in 2012 as the digital-comedy arm of Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video, the company best known for producing “Saturday Night Live.” Now, Above Avera…

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Four Disney-Managed YouTube Stars Launch Twitch Channels by Todd Spangler

Twitch will get exclusive content from four of Disney’s biggest YouTube content-creator partners — Markiplier, Jacksepticeye, LuzuGames and Strawburry17 — under a multiyear…

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Disney-ABC TV Chief Ben Sherwood Touts Iger’s Streaming Strategy at CES by Todd Spangler

Ben Sherwood, president of Disney-ABC Television Group, said that his division will be the largest contributor to Disney’s planned 2019 internet-video subscription service — and …

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Alex Hofmann,’s President of North America, Exits After Bytedance Acquisition by Todd Spangler

Alex Hofmann, after three years at as president of North America, is departing the social-video app company after it was acquired by Chinese tech giant Bytedance. Hofmann’s …

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017 Establishes $50 Million Creator Fund by Todd Spangler, maker of a short-form video app popular among teens, announced that it is investing up to $50 million in a fund to support its users (or “Musers,” as it calls them). …

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Friday, December 15, 2017

Disney Will Get More Vice After Acquiring 21st Century Fox’s $70 Million Stake by Todd Spangler

Disney will be adding a little more Vice into its life. The media conglomerate will obtain 21st Century Fox’s $70 million stake in Vice Media under the mammoth asset deal Disney and Fo…

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Wall Street Cheers Disney-Fox Deal as Media Stocks Get Lift From M&A News by Todd Spangler

Shares of both Disney and 21st Century Fox rose Thursday after they announced their deal for Disney to acquire major assets of Fox, an event that pushed other media stocks up as well. 21st C…

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Disney-Fox Deal: Media Stocks Rise After Megadeal Announcement by Todd Spangler

Media investors reacted Thursday to the blockbuster Disney-21st Century Fox deal, with stocks of several big media companies ticking up in early trading as Wall Street processed the implicat…

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Redbox Launches Digital Movie and TV Service, Without Disney Titles by Todd Spangler

Redbox is finally opening a bridge to an online digital-entertainment future. The company, known for its nationwide network of DVD-rental kiosks, publicly launched Redbox On Demand on Wedne…

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Monday, December 4, 2017

‘House of Cards’ Sixth and Final Season Shooting to Resume in Early 2018, Without Kevin Spacey by Todd Spangler

Netflix has reached an agreement to resume production on “House of Cards” season 6 — the show’s final season — in early 2018, according to chief content officer…

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Disney Sues to Block Redbox’s Digital Movie Sales by Todd Spangler

Disney has filed a lawsuit seeking to stop Redbox from selling digital codes for purchasing Disney movies to download or stream. In October, Redbox launched a service offering “digital…

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Beijing’s Bytedance Steps Up Global Video and Entertainment Profile With Buy, Funding by Todd Spangler

Live, from China: It’s Bytedance. If you live outside of Asia, you’re about to get more familiar with the five-year-old internet news and video aggregator. Bytedance is already a…

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Kevin Spacey’s Online Acting Course Pulled by MasterClass by Todd Spangler

Kevin Spacey’s $90 online class on acting is no longer available from MasterClass, a move that comes after the actor was accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy two decades ag…

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Fandango Buys Rival, Amassing Broader Theater Reach by Todd Spangler

Fandango plans to acquire longtime competitor, in what would be the union of the industry’s two biggest online movie-ticketing services. Financial terms of the deal, …

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Disney Unifies Kids’ Cable Channels in ‘DisneyNow’ App by Todd Spangler

Disney’s cable networks group has brought together shows, movies, games, and other content from its three networks — Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior — into a si…

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Disney Invests More in Interactive-Content Startup Playbuzz as Part of $35 Million Round by Todd Spangler

Playbuzz, which develops tools for creating interactive media and distributes branded content, has raised $35 million in Series C funding. The round was led by Viola Growth with participatio…

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Disney Launches ‘Club Mickey Mouse,’ Rebooting Classic Kids’ Show for Social Media by Todd Spangler

Disney’s internet-media group on Friday is debuting “Club Mickey Mouse,” which puts a social-media spin on the 62-year-old “Mickey Mouse Club” franchise, and in…

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