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Streaming-Movie Startup Row8 Signs Deals With Four Hollywood Studios (EXCLUSIVE)

The L.A.-based startup has inked licensing deals with four major studios — Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Universal Pictures, and Warner Bros. — for rights to rent and sell new releases and a selection of library titles. – Todd Spangler, Variety » http://bit.ly/2MThzDQ
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Lionsgate Inks Movie Output Deal With Hulu, FX

The Lionsgate label will license to Hulu and FX films produced in the calendar years 2020 and 2021 and formerly destined for the Epix platform. At the same time, the studio’s Summit Entertainment label will continue to put out movies through its HBO output deal. – Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter » http://bit.ly/2KbOgd8

NBCUniversal Joins WarnerMedia, Disney, Netflix In Signaling Concerns Over Georgia Abortion Law – Update

A day after Disney CEO Bob Iger said it would be “difficult” for the media giant to produce TV shows and films in Georgia given its strict new abortion law, WarnerMedia and NBCUniversal have also said they would likely withdraw from the state if the law survives legal challenges. – Dade Hayes, Deadline Hollywood » http://bit.ly/2HJP86C

How streaming affects the lengths of songs

Today, songs are down to three minutes and 42 seconds, because of the difference in how artists are getting paid now. Instead of getting paid by physical sales, you’re getting paid in a stream, which only counts if someone listens to 30 seconds of a song. It actually makes sense if you can have more songs streamed at a time, which means that you want to pack your album full of much shorter songs. So if you have an album like Drake’s Scorpion, which is a really long double album coming in at almost 90 minutes, he’s got a ton of really short songs on there, because he gets paid for every song you listen to, whether or not you listen to the whole album. – Charlie Harding via Zackary Mack, The Verge » http://bit.ly/2MhZdMp

Netflix the Only Hollywood Studio to Speak Out in Attack Against Abortion Rights (EXCLUSIVE)

The major studios continue to rely on the Motion Picture Assn. of America, their collective voice in Washington, to play a role in the mess. At the time Kemp signed the heartbeat bill, the MPAA said it would monitor the legislation’s path toward becoming law, which could occur Jan. 1. There is wide expectation for the bill to escalate to circuit courts, where it might be struck down. In the same breath, the MPAA underscored the human cost of boycotts. Last year, Georgia reported some 92,000 jobs and an economic impact of more than $9 billion from production. – Matt Donnelly, Gene Maddaus & Elaine Low, Variety » http://bit.ly/2QsNjxH

Apple, Amazon, Google, and others sued for selling thousands of pirated recordings

The lawsuit claims that these online retailers are selling and streaming these recordings with the full knowledge that they’re unauthorized. As the lawsuit says, “it is hard to imagine that a person walking into Tower Records, off the street, with arms full of CD’s and vinyl records and claiming to be the record label for Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, and Ella Fitzgerald, could succeed in having that store sell their copies directly next to the same albums released by legendary record labels, Capitol, RCA, and Columbia, and at a lower price.” – Jon Porter, The Verge » http://bit.ly/2QbElEQ
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