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Disney doubles down on international content to drive subscriber growth as analysts and insiders see global potential for its Marvel and Star Wars franchises

Disney doubles down on international content to drive subscriber growth as analysts and insiders see global potential for its Marvel and Star Wars franchises

Netflix shook the streaming landscape on Thursday when it kicked off media earnings with a soft first-quarter subscriber target of 2.5 million, nearly 40% fewer paid subscribers than it brought in during that same period a year earlier. Some investors took the subdued guidance as a sign that the streaming industry is bracing for a slowdown. Shares of Netflix were down 21% in pre-market trading on Friday, while shares of Disney, which has also hitched its star to its streaming services, were down 4%. Netflix's weak report underscored why Disney earlier last week announced plans to double...

Jan 24
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LeVar Burton to Guest Host ‘Jeopardy!’; George Stephanopoulos, Robin Roberts, David Faber and Joe Buck Close Out Lineup

LeVar Burton to Guest Host ‘Jeopardy!’; George Stephanopoulos, Robin Roberts, David Faber and Joe Buck Close Out Lineup

It’s happening.Following an uproarious social media push to have “Reading Rainbow” and “Star Trek” star LeVar Burton take the hosting podium on “Jeopardy!”, the actor has been announced as part of the final group of guest hosts who will round out the show’s 37th season in the wake of the death of beloved “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek last November.“Our goal has been to present a wide variety of guest hosts with different skill sets and backgrounds on our path to finding a permanent host,” said “Jeopardy!” executive producer Mike Richards. “Our passionate fans are telling us what they like,...

April 21, 2021
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'Friends' Reunion for HBO Max Finally Sets Production Date

'Friends' Reunion for HBO Max Finally Sets Production Date

After a delayed start due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the hotly anticipated “” reunion is finally set to film next week — the week of April 5 — a source tells Variety.Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and Matthew Perry will reunite on a Warner Bros. soundstage for the special. HBO Max declined to comment.The cast reunion was in late February of 2020, mere weeks before the coronavirus crisis halted all film and TV production. Sources close to the matter had told Variety last year that each of the six stars would receive at least $2.5 million for...

April 2, 2021
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'Bless the Harts' Canceled at Fox After Two Seasons

'Bless the Harts' Canceled at Fox After Two Seasons

has canceled “,” the animated comedy series from creator Emily Spivey starring Kristin Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Jillian Bell, Ike Barinholtz, and Kumail Nanjiani. The show premiered in the fall 2019-2020 television lineup.The half-hour series, which is currently in its second season, revolves around a perpetually broke North Carolina family described as forever struggling to make ends meet and hoping to achieve the American dream.Wiig stars as Jenny Hart, a single mother working as a waitress to support her family, which includes her mother Betty, played by Rudolph, and daughter Violet, played...

April 2, 2021
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Disneyland to Reopen on April 30, CEO Bob Chapek Announces

Disneyland to Reopen on April 30, CEO Bob Chapek Announces

UPDATE: Six Flags Magic Mountain, another Southern California theme park, announced Thursday that it would to members and passholders and on April 3 to the general public.Mickey Mouse is back.After a more-than-yearlong closure, is set to reopen on April 30, Wednesday morning.The Anaheim, Calif. theme park and resort will start out with limited capacity, per state guidelines. Rides such as the new Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, the Incredicoaster and Peter Pan’s Flight will all reopen, the company announced in a and the new Fantasyland – Snow White’s Enchanted Wish attraction will also...

March 17, 2021
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John Oliver Calls Tucker Carlson 'Most Prominent Vessel in America for White Supremacist Talking Points'

John Oliver Calls Tucker Carlson 'Most Prominent Vessel in America for White Supremacist Talking Points'

Calling Fox News host a “relentlessly indignant picket fence,” among other things, “Last Week Tonight” comedian critiqued the right-wing talk show host for being “the most prominent vessel in America for white supremacy talking points.”On the latest installment of his HBO show on Sunday, Oliver pointed to Carlson’s defense of the Jan. 6 insurrection of the Capitol and, by contrast, the Fox News host’s labeling Black Lives Matters protests as “criminal mobs.”“In both instances, his clear takeaway is that white people should be terrified of the idea of any situation where they aren’t in...

March 16, 2021
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Donald Glover Inks Overall Deal With Amazon Studios

Donald Glover Inks Overall Deal With Amazon Studios

has signed an eight-figure overall deal with , sources tell Variety, marking an exit from his current deal with Disney’s FX. His brother Stephen Glover, a collaborator in writing and producing FX’s “Atlanta,” has also inked an overall with the studio.As part of the agreement, Donald Glover’s work will be highlighted with a curated content portal on the Prime Video service, according to a person familiar with the deal.Sources also say that Malia Obama is joining the writers’ room of a Glover project at the streaming service’s studio, a mini-room for a Janine Nabers project about a...

February 18, 2021
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Disney Lays Out Multi-Billion Dollar Plan to Dominate the Streaming Wars

Disney Lays Out Multi-Billion Dollar Plan to Dominate the Streaming Wars

Part razzle dazzle, part corporate flex, the Walt Disney Company’s four hour-long investor day presentation unleashed a torrent of announcements, including a slew of upcoming “Star Wars,” Marvel and Pixar series and features, and news that had surpassed 86 million subscribers.For fans, the message was clear: Make room in your wallets for a Disney-branded streaming service, whether that’s Disney Plus, ESPN Plus, Hulu (now with more FX!), or for those outside of the U.S., Star and Star Plus.The conglomerate’s message to the rest of Hollywood? Disney’s position as a leading, global streaming...

December 11, 2020
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Disneyland Expected to Stay Closed Until At Least Dec. 31

Disneyland Expected to Stay Closed Until At Least Dec. 31

CEO Bob Chapek says he is "extremely disappointed" in California's state leaders for keeping Disneyland from reopening.is expected to remain closed until the end of the entertainment and media conglomerate’s fiscal first quarter, which falls on Dec. 31, Walt CFO Christine McCarthy announced on the company’s fourth quarter earnings call on Thursday.Disney CEO Bob Chapek expressed disappointment in California’s state leaders for keeping Disneyland from being able to reopen.“We are extremely disappointed that the state of California continues to keep Disneyland closed despite our proven track...

November 12, 2020
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'SNL’ Cancels Morgan Wallen Performance After Singer Breaks COVID-19 Protocols

'SNL’ Cancels Morgan Wallen Performance After Singer Breaks COVID-19 Protocols

is no longer this week’s “” musical guest.The rising country star posted an emotional Instagram video from a New York City hotel room — where he was preparing to go on the weekly show — telling fans that he had received a call from the show informing him that he would no longer be able to play the Oct. 10 show because of COVID-19 protocols at “SNL.”He said he has not tested positive for COVID-19, but “my actions from this past weekend were pretty short-sighted, and have obviously affected my long-term goals and my dreams,” he said, referring to TikToks in recent days that showed .“I respect...

October 7, 2020
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