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Category: Entertainment Law

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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DEI: Netflix

Last October, Netflix took action against a staffer who allegedly leaked confidential information to the press. As a result, public outcry ensued over the amount paid to world renowned comedian Dave Chapelle for a special distributed by Netflix that contained content addressing the trans community. A staffer walkout organized, inspiring

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Battle Over Pulp Fiction

Quentin Tarantino made headlines recently when he sold 1.1mm dollars in NFTs from iconic film, Pulp Fiction, despite efforts by Miramax to stop him in court. Miramax alleges the film auteur made a “money grab,” for the sales while the director asserts that he is working within his “reserved rights,”

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Personal Rights On Twitter

Last fall, Twitter announced that it would ban posting pictures or videos featuring private individuals. The aim of this new user policy is to incentivize avoiding sexual harassment and/or invasions of privacy by empowering its victims with an efficient online remedy for removal. Noting that, the misuse of private media

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Entertainment Law Resources

International Organizations Art Loss Register Art Recovery International British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) Centre d’Analyses et de Recherche en Art et Archéologie Europa Nostra Festival de Cannes Independent Film & Television Alliance International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees (IATSE) International Confederation

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