Abigail Disney, Killer Content Partner to Launch Female-Led Level Forward Studio

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Abigail Disney, Killer Content Partner to Launch Female-Led Level Forward Studio
Filmmaker and philanthropist Abigail Disney has teamed with Killer Content to launch Level Forward, a startup studio venture that aims to focus on backing projects driven by women and persons of color. The goal is to offer creative partners a hub for producing a range of content for all platforms. The venture has $2 million […]
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Movies Anywhere Streams 3 Million Hours of Content Since Launch

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Movies Anywhere Streams 3 Million Hours of Content Since Launch
Disney-owned Movies Anywhere, the industry’s latest stab at a unified cloud locker for home entertainment, is off to a solid start, if early usage data is any indication: Consumers streamed more than 3 million hours of content since the launch of the service in October, according to data shared at a Fox Innovation Lab CES […]
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Apple TV uses star power to bolster streaming content

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Apple TV uses star power to bolster streaming content
Apple TV is getting serious about establishing a footprint in the streaming landscape currently dominated by Netflix, Hulu and Amazon. It will reportedly invest $1 billion in original content over the next year and has already begun loosening its purse strings. In recent weeks, it announced a drama series about the world of morning TV…
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China to Become World Leader in 5G, But Political Controls May Damp Content Industry

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China to Become World Leader in 5G, But Political Controls May Damp Content Industry
China’s ambition to lead the development of 5G mobile networks will make the country the world’s largest market for over-the-top (OTT) content over the next five years. But Beijing’s stringent controls over production and imports of creative content will be the greatest obstacle to China’s dream to be a true global leader in OTT. The […]
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Apple Projected to Spend $4.2 Billion on Original Content by 2022

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Apple Projected to Spend $4.2 Billion on Original Content by 2022
Apple will ramp its original content spend to $4.2 billion by 2022 as part of an effort to expand a rebranded Apple Music, according to a projection from Loup Ventures analyst Gene Munster. The longtime Apple watcher sees the increase as an effort to compete with incumbent subscription VOD giants. But Apple won’t catch up […]
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Twitch Taps Maker Studios’ Kendra Johnson as GM of Content Development, Emerging Markets

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Twitch Taps Maker Studios’ Kendra Johnson as GM of Content Development, Emerging Markets
Twitch, the live-video streamer specializing in video games owned by Amazon, has hired Kendra Johnson as general manager of global content development and emerging markets. Johnson most recently was at Disney’s Maker Studios, serving as head of distribution and strategic partnerships. She reports to John Howell, Twitch’s VP of global partnerships. In the role, Johnson will be […]
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Nordic Content Powers Up Haugesund Market

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Nordic Content Powers Up Haugesund Market
HAUGESUND, Norway — A record number of 440 Nordic and international film professionals have registered for the 23rd New Nordic Films market at the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund, now the largest Nordic film market.  It opens on Tuesday Aug. 22 at Haugesund’s Edda Theatre with the announcement of the nominations for the Nordic Council… […]
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Locarno StepIn: Five Takeaways about Netflix, Apple, and Content for Self-Driving Cars

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Locarno StepIn: Five Takeaways about Netflix, Apple, and Content for Self-Driving Cars
A group of roughly 60 prominent European independent film industry execs assembled Thursday at the Locarno Festival in Switzerland to thrash out some of the pressing issues they are facing as they scramble to contend with the disruptive effect of giant global streaming platforms. Following the recent controversy in Cannes over Netflix’s stringent theatrical release… […]
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Priyanka Chopra Reassures 'Baywatch' Viewers of Raunchy Content, Female Appeal

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Priyanka Chopra Reassures 'Baywatch' Viewers of Raunchy Content, Female Appeal
“For so many years, the show was only [gazing at] the women. This time, we’re definitely making it about the men too,” she told THR of the new take. “Payback, bitches!” read more
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