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Report: Disney preps ‘digital locker’ service with studios

The Walt Disney Company has reportedly partnered with major Hollywood movie studios on a new ‘digital locker’ service that will let users watch purchased films across different devices. According to Bloomberg, the Movies Anywhere offering could be announced as early as this week and includes participation from 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros. and Universal Pictures. […]

Discovery backing Will Packer prodco

Discovery Communications and Universal Pictures are backing the production entity of prolific exec producer Will Packer. US-based Will Packer Media is being billed as a “first-of-its-kind” production and branded content company. Discovery’s investment hands company CEO Packer a first-look television deal with cable channel OWN, which is a joint venture with Oprah Winfrey. He is […]

Amazon orders Hanna spin-off from NBCUniversal

NBC Universal International Studios has secured a straight so series order from Amazon Studios to create a scripted series based on Focus Features’ hit movie Hanna (2011). The series will be written by David Farr, who co-wrote the feature film and adapted John Le Carre’s The Night Manager for BBC/AMC. Hanna is a high-concept thriller […]

eOne backs Brad Weston prodco

Transatlantic producer-distributor Entertainment One and Comcast-owned Universal have put their weight behind a new content creation company from New Regency CEO Brad Weston. Culver City-based Makeready will aim at developing and producing original films and TV series for premium cable, OTT and emerging platforms worldwide. eOne, which has an option to acquire 100% of the […]

Cohn to lead TV animation at NBCU’s DreamWorks

Marjorie Cohn will lead the integrated DreamWorks Animation and Universal Pictures television animation businesses. She will become head of animation TV at the merged group, reporting to NBCUniversal Filmed Entertainment Group chairman Jeff Shell. She had joined DWA as its first head of television in 2013 after leaving Nickelodeon, where she had been president of […]

Comcast completes $3.8bn DreamWorks takeover

Comcast is set to go head-to-head with Disney in the kids and family sector after NBCUniversal completed its US$3.8billion takeover of DreamWorks Animation. The deal hands entertainment wing NBCU franchises such as Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon, online assets in the shape of multichannel operator AwesomenessTV, and a sprawling toon-focused […]

Comcast ‘moves for $3bn DreamWorks’

US cable and entertainment giant Comcast Corp. is reportedly in talks to buy Californian studio DreamWorks Animation for more than US$3 billion. The Wall Street Journal has cited unnamed sources close to talks that could see Jeffrey Katzenberg’s company joining the likes of NBCUniversal, Universal Pictures and Comcast Cable to the Comcast stable. Adding DreamWorks […]

Hulu grabs Epix films as Netflix deal ends

US streaming service Hulu has swooped for exclusive movies from premium pay network Epix after the latter’s agreement with Netflix ended with no new deal. All new Epix theatrical releases and original programmes will be made available 90 days on Hulu after the pay TV window opens. For Hulu, the deal is significant as Epix […]

Film4 poaches Universal Pictures boss

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has named David Kosse as new director of its movie division Film4. Kosse, who is currently president, international, at Universal Pictures will take up his new post on November 1. At Film4 he will oversee the development, financing and green-lighting of all feature films, and support for the production and distribution […]

Sony, Universal and Warner Bros. adopt Dolby technology for UltraViolet

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment are to encode movies and TV shows in the UltraViolet Common File Format using Dolby Digital Plus, enabling UltraViolet users to view content with Dolby Digital Plus sound. The UltraViolet CFF is due to launch later this year, following work done by DECE members […]