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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 […]

Jeff Bezos to Travel to Space Next Month After Stepping Down as Amazon CEO

Jeff Bezos will travel to space next month, just a few weeks after he steps down as CEO of Amazon. Bezos and his brother Mark Bezos will travel to space on July 20, the billionaire said in an Instagram post. “I want to go on this flight because it is the thing I have wanted […]

Tegan & Sara Quin’s ‘High School’ Series a Go at Amazon’s IMDb TV

Clea DuVall, who co-wrote and directed Hulu's 'Happiest Season,' will serve in the same capacity on the coming-of-age show based on the memoir from the Grammy-nominated performers and siblings.

Dick Wolf Drama ‘On Call’ Picked up at IMDb TV

The half-hour series will follow a pair of police officers in Long Beach, Calif.

Shea Serrano-Mike Schur Comedy in the Works at IMDb TV

'Primo,' which was previously developed at ABC, is one of five scripted originals Amazon's free streaming platform is readying.

Amazon Prime Passes 200 Million Subscribers

In his final letter to Amazon shareholders, Jeff Bezos says new CEO Andy Jassy "will muster the energy needed to keep alive in us what makes us special."

Jeff Bezos’ Amazon CEO Exit Catches Wall Street by Surprise

CEO designate Andy Jassy "will be an effective leader" and has "the DNA of managing high-growth/high-innovation businesses at scale," observers say.

‘Alex Rider’: TV Review

Anthony Horowitz's teenage spy saga 'Alex Rider' comes to Amazon's IMDb TV in series form 14 years after the box office failure of 'Stormbreaker.'