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Warner Bros. Discovery to Launch ‘Warner Pass’ With Content From HBO and Other Networks on Amazon Prime Video Channels in France

Warner Bros. Discovery and Prime Video unveiled plans to launch the “Warner Pass” in France, which will include content from HBO and other TV networks, “bringing together a unique collection of Warner Bros. Discovery’s popular and award-winning programming.” The service will be available exclusively on Amazon Prime Video Channels in France and offer viewers access […]

TikTok to License IMDb Data for Feature Targeting Film and TV Content (Exclusive)

TikTok is licensing data from IMDb to power a new feature that will make it easier for users to search for content related to a specific film or TV title and see relevant data about the work — such as its cast and release date — on a dedicated, in-app page. The feature, which will […]

Guest Column: Behind SAG-AFTRA’s Long-Awaited Victory in IMDb Birthday Display Battle

Even before its March 2012 merger with the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, the Screen Actors Guild expressed consternation over the revelation of actors’ ages without their permission by IMDb, the premier online entertainment industry database that boasts of its commitment “to being the most complete source of film, TV and celebrity information.”  […]

IMDb Updates Policy to Allow Users to Withhold Age

Seemingly putting an end to a long battle over information listed on IMDb profiles, the online entertainment database is rolling out changes that will authorize industry professionals to control the age and name information included on their pages. New policy and product changes are enabling users with free or standard IMDbPro memberships plans to decide […]

Amazon Prime Video to Co-Premiere Season 5 of MGM-Distributed ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ in U.K. With Channel 4

Amazon Prime Video will co-premiere season five of The Handmaid’s Tale to its members in the U.K. and Ireland later this year, sharing the latest season of the hit series starring Elisabeth Moss with British broadcaster Channel 4. The news, unveiled Monday, comes after the e-commerce giant closed its acquisition of the studio, which is the international distributor […]

Amazon Studios Is Committed to Local Productions and “Really Curated” Content Slate, Finds MGM Deal “Hugely Exciting,” Head of European Originals Says

Amazon Studios remains committed to local original productions as its audiences are demanding them in addition to popular U.S. programming, but will never be about targeting pure content volume, but a “slow and steady, very curated approach,” Georgia Brown, head of European originals at Amazon Studios, told a television industry gathering in Scotland on Wednesday. […]

An Interview With BBC Studios CEO Tom Fussell: From Streaming Dealmaking to Production Investments

BBC Studios, the commercial arm of U.K. public broadcaster BBC, touted strong business momentum in its annual report on Tuesday, including record full-year revenue and earnings, as well as a 56 percent increase in production sales. The company lauded “a very healthy year” for its TV channels group saying: “Content sales were strong at over […]

Cannes: WME Independent Heads on Moving Film Sales and Financing In-House

Deborah McIntosh and Alex Walton are Croisette veterans, but this year marks their first Cannes Film Festival as the heads of WME Independent. WME Independent brought domestic and international film sales and financing consulting services back inside the agency after it was spun out from Endeavor Content. (WME parent Endeavor agreed to divest at least […]

Why Gaming Should Be a “Strategic Imperative” for Hollywood : A Q&A With Venture Capital Exec Peter Levin

Venture capital firm Griffin Gaming Partners has made a name for itself with investments focused on the global gaming space. Headquartered in Santa Monica, it has put money into the likes of mobile gaming firm Spyke Games, Indian social gaming app company WinZO, gamer messaging powerhouse Discord, Overwolf, a platform for creating, sharing and monetizing […]

Media, Telecom Deals Value Hits Record, but M&A May Slow, PwC Projects

High-profile content deals — such as the planned Discovery-WarnerMedia merger and Amazon’s takeover of MGM, along with special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) transactions — boosted M&A activity in the media and telecommunications industries for the past 12 months through mid-November, PricewaterhouseCoopers said in a Thursday report. “Following a rebound in the second half of 2020,” […]

‘For Life’: IMDb TV Circling Season 3 of Canceled ABC Drama

There may still be life left in ABC’s canceled drama For Life. Amazon-backed IMDb TV has landed free streaming rights to the first two seasons of the former ABC legal drama starring Nicholas Pinnock. Should the series perform well on the ad-supported platform, the drama could earn a third-season renewal on the platform. Sources tell […]

Media, Telecom Deals Reached High of $83B Even Before Hollywood Merger Flurry

Media and telecom industry deal activity has been on the rise over the six months ending in mid-May as corporate America emerges from the coronavirus pandemic and companies look to strengthen their core businesses, a new report from PricewaterhouseCoopers finds. “Following a strong recovery in the second half of 2020, the last six months have […]