Scarlett Johansson filed a lawsuit against Walt Disney Co. alleging that the company’s decision to release “Black Widow” on Disney+ at the same time it was released in theaters breached her contract, which she said promised a theatrical-only release, while a source familiar with the actor’s contract contended that Disney’s move cost Johansson more than $50 million. A spokesman for Disney said the company was in compliance with Johansson’s contract and argued that the Disney+ release has “significantly enhanced her ability to earn additional compensation” on top of the $20 million she has already received. (The Wall Street Journal)
Dish Network Corp. and WarnerMedia inked a deal to return the HBO and Cinemax premium cable channels to Dish Network customers after a hiatus of more than two years. The deal will also allow Dish Network subscribers to purchase ad-free HBO Max subscriptions at the discounted price of $12 a year. (The Hollywood Reporter)
Theater union Actors’ Equity and the Broadway League reached an agreement impacting Broadway shows that will require all Equity members and those who come into contact with them to undergo weekly COVID-19 testing and to be fully vaccinated for the coronavirus, though producers will be allowed to make exemptions for vaccination based on disabilities and religious reasons. Requirements for audience vaccination are not covered by the agreement, though some shows are requiring audiences to be fully vaccinated. (Playbill)
Hot off the heels of its wildly successful BTS Meal, McDonald’s has announced its next major celebrity partnership: rapper and universal bestie Saweetie. The brand revealed the forthcoming collaboration with an image of the “My Type” artist’s signature snowflake recreated with fries and dipping sauce.
Theme-park fans are a tough crowd. As the Walt Disney Company attempts to navigate an environment in which some fans justifiably demand that longstanding attractions embrace the 21st century, others are so rooted in their own past attachments that they’ll vociferously attack even the mere possibility of modernization.
Over dinner earlier this summer, the still-new sensation of seeing friends up close and slightly sweating gave way to a smaller pleasure I’d also sorely missed: the ability to see what everyone was wearing nowadays, and the chance to gather instant, on-the-ground intel for where I could get one too.
Amanda Knox is speaking out against the new Matt Damon film “Stillwater.” The journalist, who was wrongfully convicted of the murder of Meredith Kercher and later acquitted of the crime, took to Twitter on Thursday to lambast the film’s director Tom McCarthy as well as the media for linking her name to the project.
Following the opening of all their cinemas in June 2021, Regal Cinemas owner Cineworld has revealed that it has secured $200 million of incremental loans maturing in May 2024 from a group of its existing lenders.
As Disney grows bigger and acquires more properties, there are countless ways for the company to dominate the box office in any given year: a new “Star Wars” movie, another entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the latest tear-jerking Pixar project, even the long-awaited sequels to James Cameron’s “Avatar.”
The Tokyo Olympics were supposed to be a home run for NBCUniversal, which was counting on the Games not just to provide a windfall of advertising revenue but to serve as a global launchpad for its year-old streaming service Peacock.
With the 25th season of “Arthur” set to mark the end of the animated children’s show, fans, including one of its creators, are still trying to figure out why it was canceled. Earlier this month, Kathy Waugh, who developed the show based on Marc Brown’s book series, spoke to former voice actor Jason Szwimer about why she disagrees with the cancellation.
Long-time programming executive Henry Schleiff is set to retire from his role as group president for Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, American Heroes Channel and Destination America at the end of this year.
Figuring out how to watch the Olympics this year has been frustrating. NBC holds broadcasting rights to the Games in the US, so it naturally seized on the opportunity to boost subscribers to its streaming service, Peacock, by making it “the place to flock for the Games’ top moments.”
When NBC’s “Today Show” told viewers that gymnast Simone Biles would be withdrawing from the Tokyo Olympics women’s gymnastics team final, it didn’t show any footage of the shaky vault performance that came right before her decision. The competition didn’t air on NBC — the official broadcaster of the summer Olympic Games — until later that night.
World, get ready to meet Kate Bishop. In the wake of “Loki,” the next live-action Marvel Cinematic Universe show due on Disney+ is “Hawkeye,” and the title doesn’t just refer to founding Avenger Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner).
Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound and Snagglepuss once ruled as crown princes of Saturday-morning TV. Now they are simply hoping to hold court among a legion of young streamers who watch video at any time they choose.
Alongside the recent speculative frenzy around NFT crypto collectibles, which helped drive $2.5 billion worth of trading volume in the first half of 2021, some projects are attempting to use blockchain-generated tokens to transform established entertainment industries.
Current streaming market leader Disney Plus Hotstar will continue its sway over India with 46 million subscribers by the end of December, according to a report by leading research firm Media Partners Asia.
The next big “Fortnite” concert is happening very soon — but who will be performing remains a mystery. Developer Epic announced an event called the “Rift Tour,” which will take place from August 6th to the 8th, with a series of events across different time zones.
Good news for football fans just before the start of the NFL Preseason. Hulu Live TV will roll-out NFL Network to their channel line-up starting today, and is now included as part of the $64.99 a month base plan.
Gannett is relaunching its CTV streaming channels — USA Today News and USA Today SportsWire — with more programming and distribution, after seeing a rise in views and time spent watching video content from the news publisher in the past year on free, ad-supported TV platforms.
Amazon grew total sales in the second quarter of 2021 by 27% to $113.1 billion — a record for Q2 — but that was lighter than investors had expected, given in part that the Prime Day shopping promo occurred in the period.
Six weeks ago, a group of music executives threw seven Gen Z influencers in a mansion on a 40-acre estate for a live competition that would pit the fledgling artists and songwriters against each other, with the promise of a path to fame and fortune for a sole winner.