Entertainment

Crack down on piracy in entertainment biz

The government machinery must be empowered to block infringing websites and apps and prevent counterfeit products The Central government has shown foresight in identifying the media and entertainment industry as a champion sector. In the creative world, the tiniest idea gives birth to stories which take the form of various visual and performing arts. There are many livelihoods involved in ... Read More »

3 Big Takeaways From Live Nation Entertainment’s Third Quarter

Ticketmaster parent Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE:LYV) reported third-quarter earnings Thursday night. The company fell short of Wall Street’s projections for earnings and revenue, sending share prices as much as 8% lower in Friday’s trading session. Did that sharp sell-off make Live Nation an attractive buy today, or was there something structurally wrong with this report? Let’s take a look at three key details. ... Read More »

Broadcasters set to drop MRP of flagship entertainment channels in festive season

MUMBAI: Top broadcasters are reducing the a la carte price of each of their flagship general entertainment channels to Rs 12 per month from Rs 19 as a festive offer even as the sector regulator is reviewing its new tariff order. Zee Entertainment EnterprisesNSE -1.02 % (ZEE) on Friday dropped the MRP of six of its GECs – Zee TV, Zee ... Read More »

30 Great Eat-the-Rich Horror Movies

Late-stage capitalism is a bad look. As Jennifer Lopez told us in Hustlers, “This whole country is a strip club. You’ve got people throwing the money, and you’ve got people doing the dance.” The proletariat is fed up, and even the youth of TikTok are crying outrage at the billionaire class. The popular art of 2019 is responding, too, with privilege-skewering movies like Ready ... Read More »

Take a peek at the future of media and entertainment at Disrupt SF

Where does tech end and media begin? It can be hard to find the dividing line, particularly as tech companies move into the media business, and as big Hollywood blockbusters are increasingly created on computers. So even though TechCrunch’s Disrupt SF event (happening next week!!) is ostensibly a tech conference, we’ll have plenty of big names from the worlds of media and ... Read More »

‘This Is Us’ cast takes in the merriment at Entertainment Weekly’s Emmys party

Cameras flashed as Mandy Moore met up with three of her TV children from “This Is Us” — Parker Bates, Niles Fitch and Mackenzie Hancsicsak — after making her way into Sunset Tower Hotel in West Hollywood for Entertainment Weekly’s pre-Emmys soiree. Not only is Moore one of the show’s seven actors nominated for Emmys — in her case, as lead actress ... Read More »

Disney Layoffs Hit TV Distribution, Home Entertainment Units Post Fox Merger; 20th TV EVP Greg Drebin Exits

Five months after Disney’s $71.3 billion acquisition of key Fox assets was completed, there has been a new round of layoffs in Disney’s media distribution areas that include home entertainment and TV distribution, I have learned. I hear several dozen employees, just under 60, were affected, both on Fox and Disney side. I hear among the highest-ranked among those who are leaving are Greg Drebin, EVP ... Read More »

You are what you watch? The social effects of watching television

NEW YORK — Other than sleeping and working, Americans are more likely to watch television than engage in any other activity. A wave of new social science research shows that the quality of shows can influence us in important ways, shaping our thinking and political preferences, even affecting our cognitive ability. In this so-called golden age of television, some critics ... Read More »

Amazon Spent $1.7 Bn On Making Original Music And Video Content In Q1 2019

Global ecommerce giant Amazon has announced in its quarterly financial filings that it has spent  $1.7 Bn on video and music content in the first quarter. Amazon said in a SEC filing, that the total capitalized costs of video, which is primarily released content, and music in the first quarter was $4.2 Bn, against $3.8 Bn in Q4 2018. It further explained ... Read More »

Disney+ shows, movies to be streamed by Hotstar in India

New Delhi: Last Thursday, Walt Disney Co. announced the November 2019 launch of its highly anticipated, ad-free video streaming service, Disney+, in the US. However, the company is unlikely to launch the platform in India and, instead, route the original content created for the new OTT (over-the-top) service, and its movie library, to Indian audiences through Hotstar, the video streaming service owned by Star ... Read More »