HBO has started production on "NYC Epicenters 9/11→ 2021½," a multi-part documentary from Spike Lee that commemorates two decades since the Sept. 11 attacks. The show, which focuses on New Yorkers' rebuilding efforts and life over 20 years, also covers the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bob Chapek, CEO of Disney, told an investor conference that movies may keep coming to home video more quickly than in pre-pandemic days. Chapek said that consumers are "probably more impatient than they've ever been," but that theater releases will still be important.
Altice USA has announced plans to acquire Morris Broadband, a triple-play service provider with about 36,5000 subscribers across western North Carolina. Dexter Goei, CEO of Altice, told CNBC that the company could one day exit the cable television business to focus on broadband.
Negotiations for National Football League game rights continue ahead of the March 17 start to the league year. The NFL denied a Sports Business Journal report that it had reached an informal agreement with ESPN over "Monday Night Football," and ESPN refused to comment.
Freeform's upcoming comedy "Single Drunk Female" reflects the network's commitment to emerging voices, President Tara Duncan told interviewers. She added that millennials and members of Generation Z are Freeform's "sweet spot" and that "We want to capture the spirit of the younger generation."
In this Q&A, Ukonwa Ojo, who was named chief marketing officer for Amazon Prime Video and Amazon Studios in September, talks about a campaign that debuted during the Golden Globes, Amazon's place in the "streaming wars" and diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. Ojo says the DEI effort "comes from a place of making sure our teams and our content, and the way we go about doing what we do, is representative of the communities we serve; and the people who are creating the marketing are reflective of the people we serve."
Fancy Bits has launched an $8 monthly Channels service that provides whole-home DVR service to cord cutters in a set up through an app that works similarly to media servers such as Plex or Emby, the startup said. The service pulls feeds from a broad range of sources and displays them in a single menu that allows users to create copies of the programming.
AMC Networks reported 157% year-to-year growth in digital services and an overall profit during its most recent quarter despite pandemic-related declines in advertising revenue. Josh Sapan, AMC's CEO, said the company is three years ahead of its target and set a new goal of reaching 25 million customers before 2025.
MobiTV, whose cloud-based video platform clients include Cable One and smaller MSOs, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and retained FTI Consulting to oversee the process. FTI said MobiTV has received $15.5 million in debtor-in-possession financing to keep operating and will eventually be sold.
Comcast has tapped Olympic gold medal swimmer Simone Manuel
to help publicize its Life Zones program in Oakland, Calif., where it is providing free Wi-Fi at 20 public facilities to help low-income students stay connected. The company also donated $100,000 to the city's Parks and Recreation Foundation and gave away laptops and broadband service to 1,000 students.
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