Feb 26, 2017

The new Hollywood battle: studios v streamers


Studios today account for less than 10% of their parent companies' profits, per Vanity Fair, and that number is expected to drop to around 5% by 2020. According to Variety, moviegoing audience was at its lowest levels in nearly a century last summer, with significant drop-off in millennial viewership.

Why it matters: In an increasingly saturated movie marketplace, studios have become incentivized to make sequels and build on pre-existing franchises, leaving streaming companies—- like Amazon and Netflix — to make investments on boutique, and often ground-breaking films. Earlier this year, Amazon became the first streaming company to own a film nominated for an Oscar best picture with Manchester by The Sea.

Winners: Amazon only launched their movies business a year ago, and this year they outbid the likes of Fox Searchlight and Universal at Sundance. In a major twist, Martin Scorsese's next big film, The Irishman, will be backed by Netflix, instead of a major studio.



Earlier this year, Sony


a $1 billion write-down on its movie business, just weeks after Sony entertainment president Michael Lynton announced he was stepping down after a 13-year run. Last week, Paramount Pictures Chairman Brad Grey left Viacom after 12 years, after the studio

lost $445 million

in FY 2016 due to box-office flops.

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History's largest lockdown leaves Indian workers stranded, afraid

A migrant worker on the move with his child, in Gurugram, India. Photo: Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty

Few moments better capture the world into which we've slipped than the decision of one man to order 1.4 billion into lockdown.

Why it matters: India’s three-week lockdown is the largest ever attempted, and it sparked South Asia's greatest migration since partition in 1947. While the economic effects could be devastating, the public health crisis it's intended to fend off could be more destructive still.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 7 p.m. ET: 782,319 — Total deaths: 37,582 — Total recoveries: 164,565.
  2. U.S.: Leads the world in confirmed cases. Total confirmed cases as of 5 p.m. ET: 161,807 — Total deaths: 2,953 — Total recoveries: 5,595.
  3. Federal government latest: The White House will extend its social distancing guidelines until April 30.
  4. State updates: Rural-state governors say testing is still inadequate, contradicting Trump — Virginia, Maryland and D.C. issue stay-at-home orders to residents, joining 28 other states.
  5. Business latest: Ford and General Electric aim to make 50,000 ventilators in 100 days.
  6. In photos: Navy hospital ship arrives in Manhattan.
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  8. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it.

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First U.S. service member dies from coronavirus

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The Pentagon on Monday announced the death of a member of the New Jersey National Guard who tested positive for the coronavirus.

Why it matters: It's the first U.S. service member — active, reserve or Guard — to die from the virus, according to the Pentagon. The guardsman passed away on Saturday after being hospitalized for the novel coronavirus on March 21.