Showbiz Sandbox 98: Why New Distribution Models Terrify Hollywood

April 4, 2011

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Movie studios, television networks and record labels still haven’t updated their business models to account for video and music streaming services like Netflix and Spotify. Now companies such as Amazon, Google and Apple plan on introducing a whole new group of media subscription services. With premium video-on-demand on the horizon it’s no surprise the entertainment industry is concerned about all these disruptive distribution methods.

One of the biggest players in the current content licensing wars has been Netflix. Showtime and Starz began pulling shows from the video rental giant, while Fox and Paramount offered up popular series and hit movies. Cable operators have also entered the fray by allowing viewers to watch live television on mobile device apps.

The creator of “Mad Men” was embroiled in his own fight with AMC and Lionsgate over the future of the series. In the end, Matthew Weiner was able to reach an agreement on a new contract, though new episodes won’t air until 2012.

We cover the top showbiz headlines from the past two weeks including Brook Shields on Broadway, John Mellencamp’s collaboration with Stephen King, Betty White’s new reality series and highlights from CinemaCon in Las Vegas.

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‘The King’s Speech’ PG-13 Version Gets Release Date
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/kings-speech-pg-13-version-171129

Eminem Lawsuit May Raise Pay For Older Artists
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/28/business/media/28eminem.html?_r=1&hp

Amazon Introduces A Digital Music Locker
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/29/amazon-introduces-a-digital-music-locker/

Why Amazon Picked A Fight With The Labels
http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2011/03/heres-why-amazon-picked-a-fight-with….

Streaming May Topple Music Industry Iceberg
http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2011/03/streaming-may-topple-music-industry….

Juniper Research’s Mobile Music Opportunities
http://www.juniperresearch.com/reports/mobile_music_opportunities

Talks Stall Between ‘Mad Men’ Creator Matt Weiner and AMC, Lionsgate
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/tv/la-et-mad-men-20110330,0,954….

Matthew Weiner Talks To Vulture About The ‘Mad Men’ Deal
http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2011/03/matthew_weiner_interview.html

Matt Weiner, AMC Reach Deal On ‘Mad Men’
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/matthew-weiner-signs-long-term-173630

No MTV? No Problem. New Channels On Time Warner Cable App
http://gigaom.com/video/time-warner-cable-ipad-app-2/

Netflix Brings Paramount Films Online In Canada
http://gigaom.com/video/netflix-paramount-canada/

Fox and Netflix Expand Pact, Add ‘Glee’ To Streaming Service
http://www.deadline.com/2011/04/fox-and-netflix-expand-pact-add-glee-to….

Miramax In Talks With Netflix, Google, Hulu, For Digital Distribution Deal
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/entertainmentnewsbuzz/2011/03/miramax-netflix….

Netflix To Lose Some Showtime Content On Its Streaming Service
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-0324-ct-showtime-netflix-20110324,0,524….

Starz Tightens Netflix Windows
http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118034374

Ohio University Grapples With Netflix Usage
http://www.homemediamagazine.com/netflix/ohio-university-grapples-with-netflix….

Spotify Gets Punkd By TechCrunch For April Fools
http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2011/03/spotify-gets-punkd-by-techcrunch-for….

Do HuffPost Bloggers Feel Exploited? Survey Says…
http://www.mediaite.com/online/do-huffpost-bloggers-feel-exploited-survey-says/

Universal Dropping Musical ‘In The Heights’
http://www.deadline.com/2011/03/universal-dropping-musical-in-the-heights/

New David Mamet Play Set To Premiere In London This Fall
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/01/new-david-mamet-play-set-to….

Brook Shields Will Be The New Morticia In ‘Addams Family’
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/31/brooke-shields-will-be-the-new-morticia….

John Mellencamp-Stephen King Stage Collaboration Gets An Opening Date
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/31/john-mellencamp-stephen….

Charlie Sheen Bombs In His Concert Kickoff
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster/2011/04/dispatch-from-detroit….

New Ranking Combines Print-Digital Reach Of Metro Papers, Reveals Surprising Winners
http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/business-news/the-biz-blog/….

Tyler Perry Extends Deal With Lionsgate
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/risky-business/tyler-perry-extends-deal….

Google Book Settlement Is Rejected
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/digital/content-and-e-books/article/….

MySpace Loses Over Ten Million Users In One Month
http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/MySpace_loses_over_ten_million_users_in_one_month

Another Nail In The Coffin: MySpace Ad Revenue Tanks
http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2011/03/another-nail-in-the-coffin-myspace-ad….

CBS and Turner Shoot, Score With Streaming
http://www.adweek.com/aw/content_display/news/digital/e3ice0d5b5111a….

‘The Book of Mormon” Review Revue
http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2011/03/25/the-book-of-mormon-review-revue/

Sales, Earnings Up At Random House
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/financial-reporting….

Peer-To-Peer Music Downloading Hits All-Time Low
http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/126360/20110324/limewire-peer-to-peer-music….

Jennifer Garner To Star In Disney’s Miss Marple Reboot
http://www.deadline.com/2011/03/miss-marple-resurfaces-and-this-time….

James Franco To Teach Class At NYU
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/james-franco-teach-class-at-172249

NBC Picks Up Betty White Reality Series
http://www.deadline.com/2011/03/nbc-picks-up-betty-white-reality-series/

Random Uncovers ‘New’ Seuss Stories
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-book-news….

Theater Owners Fuming Over Studios’ VOD Plan
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/theater-owners-fuming-studios-vod-173560

Fox Sees On-Demand Plan As A Way To Help Under-performing Films
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/04/business/media/04vod.html

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