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Why’d That Movie Disappear? Welcome to Streaming’s Memory Hole Era

The French director, film critic and voracious cinephile Francois Truffaut once suggested a thought experiment. Imagine, he said, that there was only one copy of a book, and that copy was held in a single library, and you could only read it while inside that library. This was how film lovers were obliged to check […]

YouTube Streamer Valkyrae Signs With Range Media Partners

Top YouTube streamer Rachell “Rae” Hofstetter, also known as “Valkyrae,” has signed with Range Media Partners and will be managed by Kai Gayoso, Range Media’s head of digital. Hofstetter is best known for streaming titles like Among Us, Fortnite and Valorant and has amassed more than 3.7 million subscribers on YouTube. Though the content creator […]

KPCC, LAist Studios Hire New Executives From Entertainment Weekly, L.A. Times

LAist Studios, the podcast development and production studio of Southern California Public Radio, has tapped former Entertainment Weekly editorial director Shana Naomi Krochmal to serve as vice president of the studio. At LAist Studios, which produces shows like California Love and Servant of Pod with Nick Quah, Krochmal will be tasked with helping refine the […]

Paramount+ Unveils Italian Launch Date, European Rollout Plans

Paramount+ will land in Italy on Sept. 15, Paramount Global confirmed Thursday, as it unveiled details of its new Italian service, one that could prove a major test of the studio’s streaming platform. The Italian version of Paramount+ will feature a library of more than 8,000 hours of programming, including original series such as video […]

Amazon Web Services, ARRI, LG, Mo-Sys to Receive HPA Engineering Awards

The winners of this year’s Hollywood Professional Association Awards for Engineering Excellence have been revealed. They are Amazon Web Services, for its Color in the Cloud remote service; ARRI, for its Reveal color science with improved dynamic range, color gamut, and rendering of skin tones; LG, for its UltraFine Pro OLED HDR monitor; and Mo-Sys Engineering, for […]

Disney+ Revises Streaming Subscriber Target

As Wall Street cools on scale as a primary metric for investors to judge Hollywood’s streaming race, Disney is revising its ambitious forecast for subscriber additions on its flagship platform. The company has separated its streaming guidance and now expects to hit 135 million to 165 million Disney+ subscribers by 2024. And it additionally expects […]

Disney Hits 221M Total Streaming Subscriptions, Topping Netflix for First Time

Disney+ added 14.4 million subscribers during the third fiscal quarter for a total of 152.1 million, beating Wall Street analysts’ expectations of an average 10 million subscriber add for the quarter. Including Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+, Disney now has a total of 221.1 million subscriptions, surpassing Netflix’s 220.7 million subscribers, as of July. Disney has […]

Price Hikes For Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+ Unveiled

Disney is launching its ad-supported version of Disney+ in the U.S. in December and increasing the prices of its subscriptions for ad-free Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+. Beginning on December 8, Disney+ with ads will cost $7.99 a month — the same price that Disney+ currently costs, without ads. As a result, the premium, ad-free version […]

‘The Breakfast Club’ Co-Host Angela Yee to Depart Radio Show After 12 Years

Angela Yee, the longtime co-host of the hit radio show The Breakfast Club, is leaving the morning show to launch her own solo weekday broadcast with iHeartRadio, Yee said on Wednesday morning. Way Up With Angela Yee will debut later this fall and feature the radio personality interacting with listeners, interviewing celebrity guests and discussing […]

BetMGM Hires Jerry Ferrara as Podcast Host In Latest Vegas Talent Deal

BetMGM, the sport betting and iGaming operator, has tapped actor Jerry Ferrara as a celebrity brand ambassador and podcast host. The partnership, the latest from online gambling players teaming with Hollywood talent, will see Ferrara co-host Unleashed, BetMGM’s weekly sports podcast, appear at BetMGM fan events and feature in upcoming BetMGM marketing campaigns. “As a […]

Reductress Sold to Meena Harris’ Phenomenal Media

Phenomenal Media, the media and marketing company founded by Meena Harris, is acquiring the online satirical website Reductress, the companies said on Wednesday. Reductress, which satirizes sexist media coverage targeting women, was founded in 2013 by Beth Newell and Sarah Pappalardo. Best known for its comedic headlines paired with stock imagery, the site is edited by Pappalardo […]

BuzzFeed Discloses $5.3M In Restructuring Fees, Including Layoffs

BuzzFeed brought in $106.8 million in revenue during the second quarter as total time spent by users declined to 154 million hours, representing a 19 percent drop year over year. BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti previously said in May during the company’s earnings call that he expected Q2 revenues to surpass $100 million. Though total revenue […]