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Category: Entertainment Law

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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Streaming: markets & content

Once WarnerMedia and Discovery’s proposed merger met regulatory hurdles, the deal reportedly closed on Friday, April 8, 2022. Discovery+ reported 20mm paid subscribers in 2021 with more than 55,000 episodes from more than 2,500 series across networks, including HGTV, Food Network, TLC, ID, OWN, Travel Channel, Discovery Channel and Animal

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Streaming: feel the churn

What is churn you ask? It is not just a verb. Rather, churn is also an adjective, for example, when a user cancels a service – typically in response to a rate hike (i.e. “churn rate”). Sound familiar? Just last year, Deloitte predicted more than 150mm viewers will cancel at

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Pandemic in Progress: attend movies safely

Last December, Fox-owned Tubi acquired MarVista Entertainment (think Lifetime movies) with an aim at targeting its content to their AVOD supported streaming service. Also toward the end of last year, ITC studios (based in London England) announced it would double its number of scripted hours and according revenue in an

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DEI: Awards Shows

Last fall, we reported on several awards shows making changes and improvements as diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) efforts become more mainstream in Hollywood. In 2021, the Golden Globes, held by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), made headlines as perhaps the awards show with the most room for improvement.

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DEI: Disabled Persons in Entertainment

Breaking boundaries should be the new norm after gaining a wider collective consciousness in the post-pandemic entertainment landscape. Many of you last November probably enjoyed screening Oscar-winning director (Nomadland) Chloe Zhao’s Marvel debut, Eternals, in which character Makkari (played by Lauren Ridloff) is deaf. The film is the first Marvel

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