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Netflix Faces Order to Stop Poaching Fox Employees

In a tentative ruling, Judge Marc Gross granted Fox’s request for an injunction against Netflix. The ruling is expected to become final within the next few days, though Netflix is expected to appeal. – Gene Maddaus, Variety » https://ift.tt/33jRa4T

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Apple Offered J.J. Abrams Far More Than WarnerMedia; Here’s Why He Said No

While Abrams‘ five-year, $250 million deal seems low compared to the $300 million and $400 million Ryan Murphy and Greg Berlanti received from Netflix and Warner Bros. TV, respectively, the ability to see that figure multiply is vast. (And it’s worth noting that Berlanti and Murphy’s deals were so rich because Warners and Netflix bought out the prolific producers’ profit participation in multiple shows.) Sources note senior execs at Warners’ TV side called the studio’s top producers to downplay the previously reported $500 million figure. – Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter » https://ift.tt/2ZXGyMi

Piracy App ‘CotoMovies’ Shuts Down, Apologizes, and Exposes Users

Popular movie piracy app CotoMovies has shut down following legal pressure. The app’s developer has now issued an apology to filmmakers while urging former users to switch to legal services instead. To assist filmmakers in their enforcement efforts, CotoMovies states that it will transfer user data to the copyright holders, who plan to sue some. – Ernesto, TorrentFreak » https://ift.tt/2ZVWtK7

WarnerMedia Taps HBO Vet Sofia Chang And Turner’s Rich Warren To Head Distribution

[Sofia Chang] held the previous post of EVP of Global Digital Distribution for HBO, one of many positions she has held since joining HBO in 2000. She has led the transactional digital and physical distribution of HBO and Cinemax programs worldwide. Since 2015, she has been responsible for distributing HBO and Cinemax subscription services on all digital platforms. – Dade Hayes, Deadline Hollywood » http://dlvr.it/RCqZ6N

Spotify’s Still Gaining Share in the U.S. Music Streaming Market

[While] ad-supported listeners only grew 8% in North America during the second quarter, there are still about 32.6 million free listeners on the continent — and more coming in every quarter. That’s still a massive opportunity to grow premium subscribers and take more market share from the competition. – Adam Levy, The Motley Fool via Yahoo Finance » https://ift.tt/2HUrB2t

Members of Congress Question Google CEO about YouTube’s Content-ID System

This week, a group of eight members of Congress, including Sen. Marcha Blackburn, Sen. Christopher Coons, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, and Rep. Adam Schiff, invited Google CEO Sundar Pichai to a roundtable discussion specifically about Content ID. The members explain that they are quite content with Google’s copyright enforcement efforts, but they are also concerned that smaller content creators are being left out. – Ernesto, TorrentFreak » https://ift.tt/2PRndYv

Viacom And CBS Create Integration Office, Announce Overseers Of Merger Process

In addition, the companies are forming an Integration Management Office (IMO). News of the IMO, the executive appointments and the hiring of Bain & Company as a merger consultant came via an internal memo to employees from Bob Bakish. Currently Viacom CEO, Bakish will soon be head of ViacomCBS. The $30 billion, all-stock transaction is expected to close by the end of 2019. – Dade Hayes, Deadline Hollywood » http://dlvr.it/RCNsdy [photo: Viacom/CBS]

Lionsgate Shares Drop on Rumors Comcast Will Drop Starz

Comcast and Lions Gate were unavailable to respond to requests for clarification, and a deal in place now is still four months away from expiring, but investors were punishing the film and TV studio and Starz parent by bidding shares down on more than twice the stock’s normal trading volume. – Paul Bond, The Hollywood Reporter » https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/lionsgate-shares-drop-rumors-comcast-will-drop-starz-1235673 [photo: Lions Gate/Facebook]

Plex partners with movie studio to offer ‘package’ of free streaming films

Later this year, Plex users will gain access to a “package of library feature film titles from Warner Bros.” via the Plex app for free. The films will be supported with ads, but the partnership is the latest example of Plex’s evolving role in the media industry. Furthermore, all Plex users will have access to the films – not just Plex Pass subscribers. – Chance Miller, 9to5Mac.com » https://ift.tt/2MI6ynG

Eminem Publisher Sues Spotify Claiming Massive Copyright Breach, “Unconstitutional” Law

In a suit filed Wednesday in federal court in Nashville, Eight Mile accuses Spotify of willful copyright infringement by reproducing “Lose Yourself” and about 250 of the rapper’s songs on its service to the tune of potentially billions of dollars in alleged damages. The suit also targets the Music Modernization Act, a federal law enacted last October that was intended to make life easier for tech companies and to get songwriters paid. The suit accuses Spotify, the $26 billion Stockholm-based streaming behemoth, of not living up to its obligations under the MMA, while also making a frontal attack on one of the few legislative accomplishments during the Donald Trump presidency. – Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter » https://ift.tt/2Z74Xi7
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