Apple hires two Sony executives to beef up its Hollywood plans

Mashable reports: "Apple is taking its Netflix-esque ambitions seriously. The tech giant best known for making and selling iPhones, among other gadgets, has hired two...

Spotify Expands Concert Listings,Ticketing with Eventbrite, AXS Deals

Hypebot reports: "Spotify has strengthened it link to live music, adding concert listings and tickets from AEG's AXS and leading DIY ticketer Eventbrite.  Presumably tickets from...

Tencent pursuing Rovio buyout – Report

Gamesindustry.biz reports: "Original Story: According to a report in The Information, Chinese investment giant Tencent Holdings is seeking to acquire Finnish mobile games company...

Sony Pictures announces Spider-Man: Homecoming VR experience

Venture Beat reports: "Sony Pictures’ virtual reality division announced Spider-Man: Homecoming VR, a new multi-platform promotional VR experience based on Columbia Pictures’ Spider-Man: Homecoming. The...

Movie theaters are becoming roller coasters, whether you like it or not

The Verge reports: "Today, Cars 3 becomes the first Pixar film to be distributed in 4DX, the motion-based 'immersive' film format from Seoul’s CJ...

Samsung quietly acquired VR app studio VRB, sources say for $5.5M

Tech Crunch reports: "Samsung has been bullish on virtual reality hardware, hoping that its early moves in headsets and devices to shoot content will...

Snap stock sinks to IPO price: $17 per share

Venture Beat reports: "After peaking above $27 per share, Snap’s IPO highs have disappeared. Today the stock settled down to its initial public offering...

Mobile Games Maker Scopely Banks $60 Million With Valuation Over $600 Million

Variety reports: "Scopely, the mobile game developer whose titles include a hit spinoff of “The Walking Dead,” announced $60 million in a Series C...
Twitter raises character limit

Twitter Redesigned Itself to Make the Tweet Supreme Again

Wired reports: "It's Twitter's biggest redesign in years. Despite the changes, Twitter still feels like Twitter. And more than any one change, the redesign makes...

Endemol Shine North America Shuts Down Digital Studio

The Hollywood Reporter reports: "Endemol Shine North America is shutting down its digital studio, Endemol Shine Beyond USA, and laying off the team producing shows...

Inside Eventbrite’s $200 Million Purchase of Ticketfly From Pandora, Which Arrived After Dizzying Race...

Billboard reports: "When Pandora bought Ticketfly in 2015, both companies thought it was a match made in heaven, and Ticketfly founder Andrew Dreskin often...

Warner Bros games are coming out of the shadow of its movies

Venture Beat reports: "Warner Bros. is known for its movies, but its games are also a big business. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment is No....

Spotify has guaranteed to pay big music labels billions over the next two years

Recode reports: "Spotify’s revenue grew more than 50 percent, to $3.3 billion last year. And in order to grow more, the music streaming company...
Musical.ly's live.ly livestreaming app has 2 million downloads

Musical.ly gets into original content with new shows from Viacom, NBCU & Hearst

Tech Crunch reports: "Lip-syncing social network Musical.ly is getting into original content, thanks to new deals with Viacom, NBCU and Hearst, which will bring...

Ryan Gosling, Ken Kao Form Production Company Arcana, Peg First Project With Emma Stone

Deadline Hollywood reports: "Ryan Gosling and Ken Kao (The Nice Guys) have formed a new film and TV production company called Arcana and are...

Instagram is testing a new way for celebrities and influencers to identify their sponsored...

Tech Crunch reports: "Instagram is creating a standardized format that should make it clearer to everyone when a post has been paid for by...

Apple Music Can’t Catch Up To Spotify And That Spells Trouble for Apple’s HomePod...

Hypebot reports: "Recently, Apple announced that Apple Music has 27 million subscribers. While impressive, it's not enough to catch Spotify, who has more than...
Brexit warnings for video game industry

Ubisoft CEO: “Streaming will be the next big thing”

Gamesindustry.biz reports: "Coming off one of Ubisoft's best E3 showings in years (which for some was the highlight of E3), CEO Yves Guillemot decided...

Is Wall Street Giving Netflix a Pass on Sky-High Content Costs?

The Hollywood Reporter reports: "Netflix CEO Reed Hastings caused heart palpitations in Hollywood on May 31 when he said he wants to cancel more...
Nameless.tv bringing community to TV

VidAngel Launches New Platform Amid Studio Legal Battle

The Hollywood Reporter reports: "VidAngel isn't backing down after a court ordered it to shutter its family-friendly filtering services — instead, the company has...