• OTT.X Hosts Streamers, Advertisers at XFronts

    OTT.X held its inaugural “XFronts” event May 24-25 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. The XFronts event, which drew nearly 400 guests, was an exchange consisting of pitches and presentations by prominent and up-and-coming AVOD and FAST platforms, networks, and channels to an audience of brands, advertisers and ad agencies, according to OTT.X. … Continue reading “OTT.X Hosts Streamers, Advertisers at XFronts”

  • EnTech Fest 2022

    DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group this year moved its annual reception from CES in January to the Skirball Center on May 3. The event, which attracted upwards of 600 attendees, kicked off the home entertainment trade association’s EnTech Fest, which showcases new content distribution and display technology. (All photos by Media Play News staff)

  • Looking Back 2007: The DVD Bubble Finally Bursts

    Fifteen years ago, studios and retailers alike were reeling from a dramatic slowdown in sales of DVD, which had been steadily growing at double-digit rates until 2005, when growth began to slow. A high-definition, next-generation successor disc was supposed to bring salvation; instead, the home entertainment industry found itself contending with a bruising format war … Continue reading “Looking Back 2007: The DVD Bubble Finally Bursts”

  • Looking Back: 1997 — The Dawn of the DVD Era

    Twenty-five years ago, the home entertainment industry was at a turning point. Videocassette rentals, the backbone of the business since it was launched in 1977, were in a slump as the novelty of renting movies wore off. Hoping to revive the business, a consortium of studio executives led by then-Warner Home Video president Warren Lieberfarb … Continue reading “Looking Back: 1997 — The Dawn of the DVD Era”

  • Paramount Celebrates ‘The Godfather’

    Paramount Pictures Feb. 22 held a 50th anniversary celebration of The Godfather on the Paramount Studios lot in Los Angeles. The celebration consisted of a street-naming ceremony on the lot for director Francis Ford Coppola, followed by a panel discussion with Coppola and stars James Caan and Talia Shire and then a screening of the … Continue reading “Paramount Celebrates ‘The Godfather’”

  • CES 2022 in Pictures

    A scaled-down CES closed Jan. 7, a day earlier than usual, as an added safety measure as COVID-19 cases once again surge worldwide. The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) defied calls to cancel the show and implemented strict safety measures, including requiring all attendees to be vaccinated and wear masks at all indoor functions, including the … Continue reading “CES 2022 in Pictures”

  • 2021 OTT.X Impact Awards

    The winners of the 2021 OTT.X Impact Awards were honored Dec. 7 at a ceremony at the IPIC Theatres Tuck Room Tavern in Westwood, Calif. OTT.X created the awards show to celebrate the content creators and organizations using their art and technology to inspire positive action and promote acceptance of, and equality for, all people. … Continue reading “2021 OTT.X Impact Awards”

  • 14th Annual OTT.X@Pipeline Confab

    Digital industry executives on Dec. 8 gathered at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles for the 14th Annual OTT.X@Pipeline Confab, one of the streaming trade association’s signature events.

  • The Sights of Comic-Con Special Edition, 2021

    After a couple of years of virtual events, Comic-Con International returned to San Diego Nov. 26-28 with Comic-Con Special Edition, its first in-person event in two years. The event was much more mellow than the annual July confab, largely due to the limited participation of Hollywood in the festivities.

  • Celebrating the 40 Under 40, Class of 2021

    Media Play News, in partnership with DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group, hosted a festive reception at the Skirball Center Oct. 27 to honor the 40 Under 40 in Home Entertainment, Class of 2021. Sponsored by Lionsgate and Whip Media, the rising stars and young executives mingled with some of the industry’s key leaders, including Paramount … Continue reading “Celebrating the 40 Under 40, Class of 2021”