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The 35 Most Powerful Women in International Television

The writers and actors strikes in Hollywood, and the related issues of AI and the disruption of business models brought on by global streaming platforms, have dominated industry discussions this year, overshadowing debates over gender equity, diversity and inclusion. But the progress in those areas continues, noted by groups like the 50:50 Equality Project, a […]

The MIPCOM Hot List: Buyers Brace for “Fewer, Better, Bigger Shows”

Bye-bye, Peak TV. After more than a decade of unprecedented production growth, the international television industry is bracing for an era of tighter budgets and more bean counting. “Instead of subscriber growth at all costs, now the focus is on production and investment and getting the balance sheet right,” says Cathy Payne, CEO of Banijay […]

Netflix Earnings Preview: Analysts Cut Stock Price Targets As Wall Street Resets Expectations

Netflix is expected to post strong subscriber gains when it reports its latest quarterly results on Oct. 18, but you couldn’t tell that from the stock’s performance since the global streamer’s July earnings update, when it added 5.9 million subscribers to total 238.4 million global paid memberships. That is because shares in the streaming giant, […]

Iranian Director Dariush Mehrjui and Wife Killed in Stabbing Attack (Reports)

Famed Iranian film director Dariush Mehrjui (The Cow, The Pear Tree) was murdered, along with his wife, in a stabbing attack by an unknown assailant at their home in Iran, Iranian state media reported on Sunday. The official IRNA news agency quoted Hossein Fazeli, a judiciary official, as saying that Mehrjhi and his wife, Vahideh […]

Microsoft Closes $69B Acquisition of Activision Blizzard, Creating Video Game Powerhouse

Software and technology giant Microsoft has reached the end of a long and rocky road, closing its $68.7 billion acquisition of video game publisher Activision Blizzard, led by CEO Bobby Kotick, on Friday, 21 months after it had unveiled the mega-deal. Activision unveiled the close of the transaction in a regulatory filing early on Friday. […]

Warner Bros. Discovery President of Content Sales David Decker Takes on Expanded Global Role

Warner Bros. Discovery international president Gerhard Zeiler has unveiled an expanded global remit for David Decker, the conglomerate’s president of content sales as the company continues to streamline and fine-tune its organization.  “David will, besides his domestic remit, oversee global opportunities for content licensing to major platform clients, like Netflix, Amazon, Roku and Paramount who operate worldwide,” […]

Busan Film Festival’s Market Notches Record Attendance Despite Reduced Budget, Headwinds

The Busan International Film Festival’s Asian Contents and Film Market wrapped up its 2023 edition with record attendance from over 2,479 industry representatives, according to organizers. Despite industry-wide headwinds, attendees from sales and licensing companies, buyers, producers and investors gathered in Busan in an expanded exhibition hall at BEXCO, the main venue, to trade content […]

U.K. Regulator Finally Clears Microsoft to Complete $69B Activision Blizzard Deal

Microsoft’s planned, but protracted $68.7 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard can be completed after the U.K. competition regulator finally approved the deal on Friday. The software giant made the bid for the video game developer behind Call of Duty, Guitar Hero and Overwatch in January 2022, but the U.K.’s Competition Markets Authority (CMA) blocked the […]

Disney Donates $2M to Support Humanitarian Relief in Israel After Hamas Attack

The Walt Disney Co. is donating $2 million to humanitarian relief efforts in Israel following the devastating terror attacks that hit the country over the weekend. The company is donating $1 million to Magen David Adom, an affiliate of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies that provides emergency medical and blood […]

700 Notable Hollywood Figures Sign Open Letter in Support of Israel

Gal Gadot, Jerry Seinfeld, Jamie Lee Curtis, Chris Pine, Mayim Bialik, Liev Schreiber, Amy Schumer and Michael Douglas are among more than 700 celebrities and entertainment executives who are standing in support of Israel. They signed an open letter, created by the nonprofit organization Creative Community for Peace, condemning the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas’ attack […]

‘Fauda’ Stars Lead Charge of Israeli Actors Returning to Front-Line Duty Following Hamas Attack

Guy Shalom woke up on the morning of Saturday, Oct. 7, 2023, watching missiles from the window of his house. The 27-year-old Tel Aviv-born actor studies at Seminar HaKibbutzim drama school and starred in Lior Chefetz’s The Stronghold. “I played a soldier guarding an Israeli outpost who suffers a surprise Egyptian attack during the Yom […]

Israeli Director Yahav Winner Found Dead After Hamas Terrorist Attack

Israeli soldiers have recovered the body of The Boy director Yahav Winner after he fought off an attack on his home by Hamas terrorists in the southern Israeli kibbutz Kfar Aza on Oct. 7, only to be kidnapped and eventually killed. On Thursday, Israeli sales and distribution company Go2Films confirmed the death of the Israeli […]