Strictly Business Podcast: Marvel’s Marketing Guru on Partnership Power

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“Avengers: Infinity War” and American Airlines. “Black Panther” and Lexus. “Guardians of the Galaxy” and Doritos. At first blush, some of Marvel Entertainment’s most successful blockbusters and Madison Avenue’s well-known brands might not seem to have much in common. But in the latest episode of the new Variety podcast “Strictly Business,” Mindy Hamilton, senior VP of global […]

Netflix Says It’s Open to Acquisitions, Stays Mum on Rumored Targets

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Don’t let Netflix’s quiet M&A track record fool you: The company is open to making the right deal, according to top execs who discussed that prospect in an appearance on the streaming service’s pre-taped discussion following its earnings report Monday. Though the Los Gatos, Calif.-based company has made only one acquisition in its 20-year history […]

Endeavor Buys Streaming Provider NeuLion for $250 Million

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Endeavor, the holding company controlling WME-IMG, has acquired streaming technology firm NeuLion for $250 million, the companies announced Monday. NeuLion powers the video delivery of a wide range of content owners, particularly major sports leagues. Endeavor owns some of those leagues as well, including UFC and Professional Bull Riders as part of an effort to […]

Paramount COO Andrew Gumpert Reflects on ‘Cloverfield,’ Premium VOD and Losing Jordan Peele

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It’s been an eventful first year at Paramount Pictures for COO Andrew Gumpert, who reflected on his efforts to help steer the struggling studio back on course in a keynote Q&A on Saturday at the UCLA Law School’s annual Entertainment Symposium. After 12 years at Sony Pictures Entertainment, Gumpert joined Paramount in January as a […]

Shonda Rhimes, Ryan Murphy Megadeals Left Producers Money Hungry, TV Execs Say

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Recent nine-figure overall deals Netflix lavished on TV titans Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy have left producers dreaming of big paydays, according to execs assembled Friday at a UCLA media-biz conference. There is another ‘Me Too’ movement,” quipped Sandra Stern, president of Lionsgate TV Group, “which is all of these creators who are saying, ‘why […]