Showbiz Sandbox 329: Television Gets Turned Off By Apple

August 1, 2016


Rumors about how Apple plans to conquer television have circulated for years. Initially it was thought the company intended to manufacture a television set. This led to speculation that it was putting together an over-the-top alternative to cable. Now reports have emerged that numerous deals between Apple and the TV industry have collapsed over the company’s aggressive negotiating tactics. Did Apple blow it by trying to tackle too much at once, or did television networks simply feel threatened?

We’ll also spend some time catching up on international movie box office. As much as Hollywood has discovered the benefits of doing business around the globe, so to have its movie stars and filmmakers. In addition, we discuss the flurry of mergers and acquisitions activity taking place among some of the world’s leading cinema chains.

In the publishing world it turns out that 2015 was a pretty good year with over $28 billion in sales just in North America. As well, it appears the release windows between formats like hardcover, paperback and e-books are collapsing or becoming non-existent.

Of course we also cover the week’s top entertainment news including the official end of the VCR, Netflix nabs the new “Star Trek” series and why the final installment of the “Divergent” franchise is headed straight to television.


comScore Announces Official Worldwide Box Office Results for Weekend of July 31, 2016

Movie Ticket Prices Hit Record High

New Movie Screen Slows for Glasses-Free 3-D at a Larger Scale

Box Office Meltdown: Hollywood Races to Win Back Summer Crowds

Everything You Need to Know About the AMC Acquisition of Odeon & UCI

AMC Increases Carmike Acquisition Offer to $1.2 Billion Ahead of Shareholder Vote

Wanda Poised to Spend $30 Billion in Year of Deals

Warner Bros. to Expand Korean Film Production

Emmy Nominations 2016: Full List of Nominees

Emmy Nomination Snubs and Surprises: Stephen Colbert to ‘The Americans’

AAP: U.S. Publishing Made $28 Billion in 2015

With No Buyer, Bankrupt Hastings Will Close All Stores

Review Roundup: Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

Like Magic, Muggles Make New Harry Potter Play Disappear From Bookstores

‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ Producers Consider a Broadway Run

Some ‘Divergent’ Stars Expected to Opt Out as Finale Shifts to TV

‘Wolf of Wall Street’ Scandal Casts Wide Net of Suspicion

Last Known VCR Maker Stops Production, 40 Years After VHS Format Launch

Netflix to Be Exclusive International Home to New ‘Star Trek’ Series

Comic-Con: ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’ Revival Set at Netflix With Felicia Day, Patton Oswalt

‘Carpool Karaoke’ Series Coming Exclusively to Apple Music

Netflix Only Added 1.7 Million Subscribers In Q2, Far Fewer Than Expected

Feds Seize KickassTorrents Domains, Arrest Alleged Owner

Movie Studios ‘Take Down’ Popular KAT Mirror

‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 Episode Count, Premiere Date Revealed

TV Ratings: ‘Game of Thrones’ Now Averaging 25.1 Million Viewers

Amazon in Talks to Fully Finance Next Woody Allen Film for $25M (Exclusive)

Google Deletes Artist’s Blog and a Decade of His Work Along With It

Google Takeout

The Blog That Disappeared

Can Viacom Really Stop Stephen Colbert From Playing “Stephen Colbert”?

Photos! First Look at the Return of Motown The Musical

‘Motown: The Musical’ to Close for Second Time on Broadway

Sesame Street Lays Off Longtime Cast Members

Pokemon Live-Action Movie a Go at Legendary

Roger Ailes Said To Be Out at Fox News Amid Sexual-Harassment Allegations

Internal Inquiry Sealed the Fate of Roger Ailes at Fox

Roger Ailes Resigns as Fox News Chief After Sexual Harassment Accusations

What’s Next at Fox News, With Ailes Out and Murdoch In?

Apple’s Hard-Charging Tactics Hurt TV Expansion

Marni Nixon, the Singing Voice Behind the Screen, Dies at 86

Garry Marshall, ‘Pretty Woman’ Director and Creator of ‘Happy Days,’ Dies at 81

James M. Nederlander, Legend of American Theater, Dies at 94

Gary S. Paxton, Whose Mixed Bag of a Life Was Filled With Music, Dies at 77


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