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Category: Entertainment Law

Streaming Strategies: Competition, Consolidation, & Impact

Growing competition, content consolidation, and shrinking audience wallets are causing streaming strategies to change dramatically as companies like Paramount Global (Paramount+, Showtime, Noggin, BET+ etc.), Warner Bros. Discovery (HBOMax, Discovery+), Disney (Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+), and Netflix each pursue big changes to woo viewers back to the subscription table. Paramount Global

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DEI: Golden Globes and Oscars

Awards shows and their presenting organizations have experienced a fair share of criticism over recent years. From issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion to questions on cultural relevance, shows like the Golden Globes and the Oscars have changes to report. The 95th Academy Awards, which show airs in March

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Hollywood Activism: Roe v. Wade

Since the June 24th overruling of Roe v. Wade, United States culture has been at odds. One side, claims victory, while the other, laments the futures of many, who will be unable to access healthy abortions and attempt to perform them anyway. In short, people will likely die as a

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Free, Ad-Supported Television (FAST)

In the past 18 months, Peacock has launched 70 original series, grown its catalog by more than 500%, and is on track for 5 billion hours of streaming in 2022, which would double levels in 2021. Experts attribute success in part to 3-tier options: FAST, AVOD and SVOD. FAST is

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Streaming: “Next” Phase & the Curious Case of Netflix

Ratings company Nielsen released a report called State of Play that uses data from the company’s  insights, Gracenote service, and a user survey to offer the public information. The finding? That 46% of North American audiences are overwhelmed by content. The process known as “stacking,” which we wrote about before,

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The State of Theatrical

Could films be coming back exclusively to theaters? The Motion Picture Association’s Theatrical & Home Entertainment Market Environment (THEME) report for 2021 shows the market rebounding to 2019 or higher numbers, albeit the composition was skewed in favor of digital as opposed to pre-pandemic audience makeup. Read a copy of

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War In Ukraine

Nearing the 10-week mark, the war in the eastern European country of Ukraine has spurned many in the entertainment industry to take action in matters they can control involving the invading nation, Russia. Netflix and other studio players since March have excluded Russian projects and releases from their film and

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Streaming: program culture

AMC+ combined with Shudder, AcornTV (British programming), Sundance Now, IFC Films Unlimited and ALLBLK (formerly UMC) reported more than 9mm subscribers at the end of 2021 with 20-25mm paid subscribers projected by 2025. Comcast renewed their carriage agreement with AMC+ which is available on their Xfinity platform. Unlike other services,

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Streaming: games and windows

Netflix got into gaming last fall, hiring Facebook gaming executive, Mike Verdu, to lead its expansion, acquiring indie developer Night School Studio, and releasing a slate of games including, 2 Stranger Things titles, Shooting Hoops, Card Blast, and Teeter Up. For now, kids Netflix accounts cannot access games (unless a

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Streaming: measurement concepts

At the start of 2022, Netflix reported its growth rate of 18mm subscribers for 2021, compared to 37mm in 2020, showing a slowing down of subscriber rates at 222mm worldwide, noting that 90% of paid subscribers adds are outside the U.S. and Canada. This explains its recent rate hikes, since

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