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Peacock looks to original movies, a Lionsgate partnership, and new ad formats to compete on streaming

In today’s IAB Newfront presentation, Peacock announced its first step into original films, a deal with Lionsgate, next-day streaming of shows on Bravo, expansion of established franchises, amon

Niantic reveals its vision for a ‘real-world metaverse,’ releases Lightship AR Developer Kit

AR technology company Niantic, best known for Pokémon GO, announced today that it will launch Lightship, an AR Developer Kit (ARDK) that will make building augmented reality experiences more accessib

Holoride makes its in-car VR available to the public for the first time

Audi spin-out Holoride is launching to the general public for the first time, through a collaboration with Ford and Universal Pictures. The young company is focused on a unique twist on virtual realit

Apple and Hollywood said to continue talks around early digital movie rentals

Movie studios including Warner Bros. and Universal Pictures continue to hold talks with Apple and Comcast about plans to introduce premium digital rentals for new movies only a few weeks after their t

Working with major studios, TheTake launches AI image recognition engine for businesses

TheTake, a site which launched as a way for consumers to buy that thing they saw in that movie, is set to begin selling an automated version of its service directly to businesses. The New York-based c

What this year’s M&A activity tells us about media and entertainment

With Dalian Wanda Group's $3.5 billion acquisition of Legendary Entertainment in January, this year's media and entertainment M&A activity kicked off with a bang that hasn't slowed down. Comcast's

Warcraft director Duncan Jones: “I wanted to make a great film”

Oh God, another video game movie? Well, Duncan Jones knows the track record here. “I would struggle to think of any other video game movie that can be described as a great movie,” he told

New Warcraft featurette shows off the movie’s Easter eggs and real sets

The Warcraft movie, a fantasy action film based on the popular video game franchise, is coming out next week. To whet your appetite, here’s a new behind-the-scenes featurette from Universal Pict

Danny Boyle And Aaron Sorkin On Steve Jobs: “Deep Down, Steve Felt Himself To Be Flawed”

While Steve Jobs has already been depicted several times on film, I think it's fair to say that Universal Pictures' <em>Steve Jobs</em> is the Big One, at least for now. The movie is based on Wa

HBO Inks Exclusive, 10-Year Deal With Universal To Keep Content Out Of Netflix’s Hands

HBO today has won a battle in the over-the-top content wars. The pay-TV giant has inked a deal with Universal Pictures that extends Universal Pictures’ and Focus Features’ films appearing on HB