Why Hollywood’s Boycott of the Georgia Film Industry Isn’t Cut and Dry

On May 7, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed HB 481, known as the “Heartbeat Bill” that restricts abortion after six weeks into a pregnancy, into law. The measure effectively bans the procedure, as most women don’t know they’re pregnant that early, and has been met with widespread condemnation from pro-choice citizens, politicians, and celebrities. The […]

Hollywood Writers Sue Talent Agencies In Escalating Battle Over Packaging Fees

A Hollywood screenwriters’ union and eight of its members sued the four largest talent agencies, escalating a dispute over what are known as packaging fees. The Writers Guild of America is demanding damages and repayment of illegal profit from the four agencies, according to a copy of the complaint filed Wednesday in state court in […]

Hollywood Writers Fire Agents in Show of Solidarity Over Financial Disputes

At midnight Pacific time Saturday, the Writers Guild of America ordered all its members to fire their agents, following a drawn-out battle between the union and the Association of Talent Agents over money. As the writers see it, agents are operating without their clients’ interests in mind, favoring potentially more lucrative “packaging fees” instead of […]

Data Sheet—From The Simpsons to Star Wars: What You Need to Know About Disney’s New Streaming Service

Some thoughts from Disney’s investor day at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, Calif., Thursday, where the entertainment behemoth announced its new Disney+ streaming service will debut Nov. 12th in the U.S. at $6.99 a month or $69.99 a year: * Disney executives didn’t once utter the words Apple or Netflix (thanks, seatmate Dominic Patten […]

Netflix Is Said to Be in Talks to Buy Hollywood’s Iconic Egyptian Theatre

Netflix Inc. is in talks to acquire the Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles, according to a person familiar with the matter, potentially putting a historic Hollywood venue in the hands of the streaming giant. The theater would be used to host industry screenings and premieres, and a purchase doesn’t signal that Netflix wants to get […]

Apple’s ‘Amazing Story’: Apple TV Plus Isn’t Just Another Streaming Service

Before Steven Spielberg walked on stage for Monday morning’s Apple special event, Steve Jobs Theater already had more stars than Washington D.C.’s annual July 4th parade. Cameras filming the event for the livestream captured the faces of actors Chris Evans and Octavia Spencer in the audience. Backstage, Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston were likely rubbing […]

This Leadership Move Shows That Netflix Is Focusing on Hollywood, Not Silicon Valley

In 2016, Fortune wrote about how Netflix had become Hollywood’s Silicon Valley frenemy, insinuating itself into the industry from a healthy 350 miles away. But a series of recent investments and leadership decisions might show that Netflix doesn’t just want to be Hollywood adjacent–it wants to be Hollywood. The latest indication of this comes in […]

Apple’s TV Streaming Service Could Generate $10 Billion in New Revenue

Apple’s long-rumored streaming service might go a long way in boosting the company’s stock price, according to one analyst. In a note to investors on Thursday, Wedbush analyst Dan Ives said that he believes Apple’s upcoming television streaming service could generate between $7 billion and $10 billion a year once it’s up and running. That […]

Apple Working to Woo Hollywood Gatekeepers to New TV Streaming Service Before Big Reveal

Apple is still scrambling to sign on some of Hollywood’s most prominent content distributors for a new streaming service it has planned, according to a new report. The iPhone maker is currently in talks with HBO owner AT&T, CBS, Starz, and Lionsgate Entertainment to bring their media libraries to its upcoming streaming service, Bloomberg is […]