Almost as long as there has been digital music, there have been podcasts – regular downloadable audio programs on everything from hip hop to high finance. But after a decade or so, a podcast has broken through into the media mainstream, and experts are claiming that new podcast “Serial” could mark a sea-change in listening …


There could be a major mouse-eared obstacle standing in the way of Hasbro‘s potential purchase of DreamWorks Animation. Sources say the toymaker is exploring a deal to buy DreamWorks,“Squawk Box” host Andrew Ross Sorkin reported in The New York Times. Read More Hasbro said to be in talks to buy DreamWorks Animation But Hasbro has a lucrative …


YouTube is launching a long-anticipated music subscription service next week. The service, called “YouTube Music Key,” will cost $9.99 a month for ad-free music, plus music videos, and the ability to listen offline as well as online. It’s starting as an invite-only beta service: People who are invited are offered 6 months free, followed by …

Disney earnings meet expectations

Disney reported earnings and revenue that met expectations, but Wall Street didn’t seem impressed.

New media landscape

Media companies report earnings this week as the industry undergoes a massive transformation, but can they keep pace with changing consumer habits?

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It’s a big week for media earnings: Fox reports after the bell Tuesday, Wednesday we hear from Time Warner in the morning and CBS in the afternoon, Thursday afternoon from Disney. These earnings come at a turning point for the industry. Just weeks ago, HBO and CBS announced big moves to launch direct-to-consumer streaming services, …

Activision aims for higher sales Activision’s “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare” game help the brand reverse its slump in sales?

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Jack Ma, Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group, speaks in Laguna Beach, Calif., October 27, 2014.

Alibaba Pictures, the media arm of the the Chinese e-commerce giant, is reportedly in talks with Sony Pictures to co-finance movies. The proposed films would aim at global audiences with both English and Chinese versions, Variety reported, citing sources familiar with the discussions. Read More Apple and Alibaba hint at partnership Alibaba founder Jack Ma is …

Amazon Fire TV Stick

On the heels of Amazon’s big earnings disappointment and lots of talk about its money-losing projects, the retail giant launched another move further into TV. The company launched Monday morning the Amazon Fire TV Stick, a streaming device to rival Google’s Chromecast. At $39 it’s a big price drop from Amazon’s $99 Fire set top …

Netflix shares sink on subscriber woes

Julia Boorstin spoke to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings after the company beat earnings estimates, but reported lower than expected subscriber growth.

Netflix disappoints

Netflix shares tumbled after the company reported slower subscriber growth.

A CEO’s passion play

Thomas Farrell is more than just the CEO of Dominion Resources. He’s adding writer and producer to his resume with new Civil War flick.

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U.S. video streaming site Netflix is to release its first movie — a sequel to the classic “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” — after striking a distribution deal with The Weinstein Company. “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend” will be released simultaneously on Netflix and selected IMAX theatres on August 28, 2015. The movie is expected to the first …

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As technology and entertainment become more closely aligned, more big names in the film and television industries are launching Silicon Valley-like accelerators—short-term programs that include mentorship and education for start-ups—to get early looks at up-and-coming businesses. Time Warner‘s Turner Broadcasting and Warner Bros., along with Disney, have launched accelerators in the past few years, and more …

Still from the movie "Frozen"
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Still from the movie "Frozen"

Fans of Disney’s mega hit “Frozen” will have the opportunity to return to that universe in spring 2015. Disney announced “Frozen Fever,” a new animated short featuring many of the characters from the hit film, during the Tuesday airing of an ABC special on the making of the original, Variety reported. Read More Disney’s ‘Frozen’ becomes top-grossing animated film ever …