July 30, 2021
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ScarJo's 'Black Widow' Lawsuit Against Disney Catches Pandemic Hollywood in Its Web
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David Bloom: Expect more suits, and more bruised feelings, as the industry tries to right-size compensation packages amid yet another pandemic surge, broad adoption of streaming services, and still more questions about the health of the movie theater business.
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Dish Network has signed a new agreement with AT&T's WarnerMedia that gives Dish TV subscribers access to HBO Max, as well as HBO and Cinemax. HBO has been off Dish since November 2018.
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Comcast's streaming service, which now has 20 million active users in the U.S., will soon reach another 20 million Sky customers in the U.K., Ireland, Germany, Italy, Austria and Switzerland.
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For the fourth consecutive week Manifest was the most watched program on a major U.S. SVOD service for the week of June 28 – July 4, attracting 1.869 billion viewing minutes, according to Nielsen. Meanwhile Chris McKay’s The Tomorrow War, starring Chris Pratt came in No. 2 with 1.229 billion viewing minutes during the week ending July 4. It’s a big number for the film considering that it debuted on Amazon Prime Video on July 2, giving the movie just three days to be tracked by Nielsen.
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