During NBA Free Agency, Twitter’s Most Talked-About Person Wasn’t Even a Player

National Basketball Association fans were glued to their phone screens Sunday night as all-star players like Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving were released from their contracts and landed onto new teams. If you’re wondering who NBA Twitter talked about most, though, the answer is neither. It wasn’t even someone who plays basketball. During the NBA’s […]

CEOs Publish Open Letter on Reproductive Rights and Abortion: RaceAhead

Nearly 200 CEOs and senior executives have signed an open letter that opposes any restrictions to reproductive health care and specifically abortion. The letter, published in a full-page ad in The New York Times, begins with a bold headline: Don’t Ban Equality. While many of the executives come from companies catering primarily to female customers, […]

So Much for AT&T’s Grand Advertising and Streaming Plan—Data Sheet

WarnerMedia’s reported plans for its new video streaming service make for a good example of why business is so interesting. The Wall Street Journal says the AT&T unit intends to launch a service to house all its properties for $16 or $17 a month. That’s more than twice the price of the new Disney+ and […]

You Better Get Used to Disney’s Nostalgic Remakes

Disney is hoping to grant its shareholders’ wishes by delivering another box office hit with this weekend’s Aladdin, one of four live-action nostalgia-based adaptations set for 2019. The remakes make up more releases than the studio’s other two big money-making franchises, Marvel and Star Wars. The Mouse House is only releasing two animated features, previously […]

Data Sheet—Behind AT&T’s Epic Battle Against Netflix, Disney and the Rest

Twelve years ago, Netflix started offering movies streamed over the Internet. It was a herky-jerky, frustrating experience, and it took a visionary (Reed Hastings) to see what streaming would do to the movie business and its then-cash cow, the DVD. Fast forward to today and streaming video is easily the most exciting consumer technology offering […]

Disney Announces New ‘Star Wars’ Films and Delays ‘Avatar 2’ Release

“Avatar” fans will have to wait another year. Walt Disney Co., which acquired the franchise when it bought 21st Century Fox Inc.’s entertainment assets this year, will delay “Avatar 2” to December 2021 from 2020. Additional sequels also were pushed back, meaning a proposed “Avatar 5” won’t debut until 2027. The move cuts what could […]

Data Sheet—Apple, Disney and Amazon’s Streaming Battle: Who Has the Best Sci-Fi Shows?

Get your popcorn ready. If this is the golden age of television, it’s the platinum, supersonic, nirvana age of science fiction and fantasy TV shows. Last year’s Emmys included nominations (and few winners) from HBO’s Westworld, Hulu’s Handmaid’s Tale, and BBC’s Orphan Black. There’s also Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle, CBS’s revived Star […]

Star Wars Fans Snatch Up Reservations for Galaxy’s Edge Within Two Hours

Reservations for Disneyland’s new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge disappeared in less than two hours, demonstrating strong demand for the attraction opening May 31. Walt Disney Co. began taking reservations at 10 a.m. Pacific time Thursday, and they were gone by about 11:45 a.m. Worried about crowd control, the entertainment giant is requiring customers to book […]