Your Place or MineNetflix’s ‘You,’ ‘Your Place or Mine’ Top Weekly Whip U.S. Streaming ChartsStephanie PrangeNetflix’s “You” again led the Whip Media chart of streaming originals, while the service’s Your Place or Mine led the Whip Media chart of streaming movies among U.S. consumers for the week ended Feb. 12. Season four, part one, of the psychological thriller “You” started streaming on Netflix Feb. 9. 2 on the streaming originals chart was “How I Met Your Father.” Season two of the series starring Hilary Duff debuted on Hulu Jan. 24. 2 on the streaming movies chart. 3 on the streaming movies chart was Shotgun Wedding, a romantic comedy starring Jennifer Lopez and Josh Duhamel.
Ncuti Gatwa as the 15th Doctor on "Doctor Who"Disney+ Becomes New Home for Upcoming Seasons of ‘Doctor Who’ Outside the U.K. and IrelandErik GruenwedelThe BBC and Disney Oct. 25 announced that the long-running British sci-fi series “Doctor Who” has a new exclusive home outside of the U.K. and Ireland. New episodes of the venerable series will now be available exclusively on Disney+ beginning in 2023. The announcement — which was made Oct. 26 by the next Doctor, Ncuti Gatwa, during an appearance on “Live With Kelly and Ryan” — begins a new collaboration between the BBC and Disney Branded Television. The BBC and Disney are working with returning showrunner Russell T Davies, who retakes control of the show in 2023. David Tennant, who was the 10th Doctor and returned as the 14th Doctor in the recent “The Power of the Doctor” special, replacing 13th Doctor Jodie Whittaker, will play the role for three specials before Gatwa takes over the role as the 15th Doctor.4 months ago Media Play News
Plex Adds FAST Channels From PBS Distribution, WNETStephanie PrangeFree global streaming media platform Plex has launched three new FAST channels from PBS Distribution and one new FAST channel from The WNET Group. The new lineup, available in the United States and Canada, includes “PBS Antiques Roadshow,” “Julia Child” and “Antiques Road Trip” from PBS Distribution and “PBS Nature” from The WNET Group. In “PBS Antiques Roadshow,” viewers join GBH’s “Antiques Roadshow” for a treasure hunt at memorable locations around the country, featuring specialists from leading auction houses and independent dealers who offer free appraisals of antiques and collectibles. (“Antiques Roadshow” is a trademark of the BBC, produced for North America by the WGBH Educational Foundation, under license from the BBC.) “These new channels are yet another example of our focus on adding the most recognized, popular and trusted brands in all of entertainment,” said Shawn Eldrige, VP, business development and content, Plex, in a statement.2 months ago Media Play News
Activision Blizzard's Call of Duty: VanguardU.S. Government Seeks to Block Microsoft’s $69 Billion Acquisition of Video Game Giant Activision BlizzardErik GruenwedelConsolidation within the lucrative video game industry has been put on hold. In a complaint, the FTC pointed to Microsoft’s record of acquiring and using gaming content to suppress competition from rival consoles, including its acquisition of ZeniMax, parent company of Bethesda Softworks (a well-known game developer). Importantly, Microsoft also offers a video game content subscription service called Xbox Game Pass, as well as a cloud-based video game streaming service, according to the complaint. Activision is one of only a very small number of top video game developers in the world that create and publish high-quality video games for multiple devices, including video game consoles, PCs, and mobile devices. It produces some of the most popular video game titles, including Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, Diablo, and Overwatch, and has millions of monthly active users around the world, according to the FTC.3 months ago Media Play News
Stars Christian Bale, Margot Robbie, John David Washington, Chris Rock, Rami Malek, Robert De Niro, Zoe Saldaña, Anya Taylor-Joy, Mike Myers, Michael Shannon, Timothy Olyphant, Andrea Riseborough, Taylor Swift. Christian Bale plays Dr. Burt Berendsen, who spends his crafting cosmetic prosthetics for war veterans and experimenting with developing more-potent painkillers. He’s contacted by a war buddy named Harold (John David Washington) who now serves as a lawyer, regarding the death of their former commanding officer. Swift plays the general’s daughter, who suspects foul play and enlists Berendsen to conduct an autopsy despite the authorities ruling he died from natural causes. Subscribe HERE to the FREE Media Play News Daily Newsletter!2 months ago Media Play News
Dave Hollis (photo from the Mr. Dave Hollis website)Dave Hollis, Former Disney Distribution Chief and Home Video Veteran, Dies at 47Thomas K. ArnoldDave Hollis, a former distribution chief at Walt Disney Studios who got his start at Disney in the home video division, has died at the age of 47. From 2002 to 2003, he was national sales manager for Walt Disney Home Video, serving as the sales lead for Best Buy, Musicland and various other retail accounts. From 2007 to 2008 he was VP of trade marketing, and from 2008 to 2011 he was VP of distribution strategy. In 2011 Hollis was tapped to replace the retiring Chuck Viane as president of global theatrical distribution, a big job he held for the next seven years. Hollis resigned from Disney in May 2018 to run Chic Media, a production company founded by his wife, Rachel Hollis, an author, motivational speaker, and blogger.1 month ago Media Play News
‘Encanto at the Hollywood Bowl’ to Stream on Disney+ Dec. 28Stephanie PrangeThe concert event Encanto at the Hollywood Bowl with a special introduction by Lin-Manuel Miranda will be available to stream on Dec. 28 exclusively on Disney+. Conductor Anthony Parnther will lead the full orchestra performing the film’s score and songs live-to-picture, along with the cast and special guest artists performing the film’s songs live. A Colombian band, featuring musicians from the original soundtrack, will accompany the orchestra. The Encanto original motion picture soundtrack features eight original songs by Academy Award-nominated, Tony and Grammy-winning songwriter/composer Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton, Moana) with an original score by Academy Award-nominated composer Germaine Franco. The show will be filmed across two performances at the Hollywood Bowl, Nov. 11 and Nov. 12.4 months ago Media Play News
Warner Bros. Discovery Names Industry Veterans James Gunn, Peter Safran Co-Chairmen/CEOs of DC StudiosErik GruenwedelIndustry veterans James Gunn and Peter Safran have been appointed to the new roles of co-chairmen/CEOs of DC Studios, overseeing the overall creative direction of the DC Universe across film, TV, and animation under a single banner. Gunn and Safran will report to Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav, and will work closely with Mike De Luca and Pam Abdy, co-chairpersons/CEOs of Warner Bros. Film Group. In their new roles, they will also work collaboratively with Channing Dungey, chairman, Warner Bros. Television Group; Casey Bloys, chairman and CEO, HBO and HBO Max Content; Kathleen Finch, chairman and Chief Content Officer, US Networks Group; Pam Lifford, president, Warner Bros.4 months ago Media Play News