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TCAs: Hulu, WarnerMedia execs lift lid on streaming future

Top brass at Hulu and WarnerMedia have lifted the lid on their streaming plays as the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour reaches its final week. TBS and TNT president Kevin Reilly, who is to lead the content strategy for parent company WarnerMedia’s new streaming service, said that the business – whose portfolio includes HBO, […]

WarnerMedia launches content Innovation Lab

WarnerMedia has announced plans to launch Innovation Lab, an incubator that will combine emerging technologies with content from across its operating units. The company said that the WarnerMedia Innovation Lab would encourage deep collaborations across WarnerMedia and AT&T, as well as between corporate partners and developers of emerging new technologies. The new initiative will combine […]

What Friends tells us about rights ownership in 2019

Media giants building SVODs to rival Netflix are talking the talk, but who will walk the walk? Manori Ravindran investigates the knock-on effects of consolidation and the bigger picture around windowing and rights ownership. If 2018’s media disruption taught us anything, it was to expect the unexpected in the laser-focused drive for scale. As potential […]

Will 2019 mark the end of niche SVOD?

Media giants are closing their niche streamers to prepare for mega mainstream platforms, but will this mark the end of speciality services? Kaltrina Bylykbashi investigates The closure of Warner-owned streamers DramaFever and Filmstruck – which AT&T inherited in its takeover of Time Warner in 2018 – rocked the industry and its fans late last year. […]

AT&T CFO: WarnerMedia’s content “treasure trove” will fight competition

WarnerMedia’s “treasure trove” of quality content will give the company a key point of differentiation to competitors as it prepares for its direct-to-consumer launch later this year, according to AT&T chief financial officer John Stephens. Speaking at the Citi 2019 Global TMT West Conference this week, Stephens also said that AT&T, which acquired WarnerMedia last […]

TNT president to head content for WarnerMedia SVOD

TBS and TNT president Kevin Reilly is to lead the content strategy for WarnerMedia’s new streaming service. The exec has been handed an expanded role, and will now serve as chief creative officer for Turner and direct-to-consumer alongside his duties as president of TBS and TNT, where he has helped in launching such titles as […]

Netflix & WarnerMedia strike $100m deal for Friends

Netflix is due to pay WarnerMedia $100m to place Warner Bros. hit Friends on its platform throughout 2019, according to The New York Times. Earlier this week, it was revealed that the streamer’s license for the New York-based sitcom was due to end in January 2019, sending an uproar among its fanbase. Netflix was quick to […]

WarnerMedia’s “Netflix killer” service to offer three tiers

WarnerMedia owner AT&T has revealed that the company’s upcoming SVOD service will include three separate packages for consumers, during an analyst event held Thursday. The service will include an entry-level movie-focused package; a premium service with original programming and blockbuster movies; and a third service that bundles content from the first two plus an extensive […]

WarnerMedia brings in AT&T exec to head up streamer

WarnerMedia has appointed AT&T Entertainment’s Brad Bentley as general manager and executive VP for direct-to-consumer development for its upcoming streaming service, due to launch in late 2019. Bentley will be responsible for overall product coordination and for delivering the new WarnerMedia streaming service. He will manage overall cost, schedule and performance of the service. The […]

WarnerMedia leads 15% revenue rise at AT&T

AT&T’s revenues totalled $45.7bn (£35.44bn) for the third quarter of 2018, up 15% from last year, and largely due to its recent Time Warner acquisition. The newly branded WarnerMedia contributed to $8.2bn in new revenue for the business through its HBO, Turner and Warner Bros. divisions. Turner revenues reached $3bn, up 3.9% year-on-year, while Warner […]