December 11, 2012 |
Warner Bros. and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer have invested in social games producer Kabam, marking the first move by Hollywood studios in the space since Walt Disney Co. acquired Playdom for $563 million two years ago. Unlike competitors such as Zynga that target casual players, Kabam goes after more hard-core players with games on Facebook, smartphones and tablets. First known for original games such as "Kingdoms of Camelot" and "Dragons of Atlantis," Kabam has in the last year started working on licensed titles based on movies.
August 25, 2006 |
"Hitch," "24" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" are among the movies and television shows that AOL will sell through its new video portal under deals the Internet company has forged with major Hollywood studios. The partnerships, announced Thursday, represent AOL's latest efforts to become a destination for online video as the company tries to offset revenue it expects to lose from a recent decision to drop subscription fees for many high-speed customers.
October 23, 2006 |
Movies and television shows from Paramount Pictures will be available for sale through AOL's new video portal under a deal to be announced today. Classics such as "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and "Chinatown" and newer releases such as "Mission: Impossible III" will be sold for $9.99 to $19.99 each, comparable to fees at online services CinemaNow, MovieLink and Guba as well as sites operated by MySpace owner News Corp.
September 28, 2006 |
Warner Bros. is shuttering an online division that was among the first studio-backed ventures to create original entertainment content exclusively for the Web. The closing of Warner Bros. Online, confirmed Wednesday, is part of a series of cost-saving cuts at the Burbank studio that began in earnest last fall. As a result, Warner is laying off 19 employees from the online unit. Forty people will be redeployed into the 1-year-old Warner Bros.
March 29, 2011 |
Warner Bros. is in advanced negotiations to acquire the popular movie ratings website Flixster, signaling the studio's big push into social networking. The Time Warner Inc.-owned studio is now the most likely buyer of privately owned Flixster Inc. and would pay close to $90 million in cash, according to people familiar with the matter. San Francisco-based Flixster allows consumers to rate and comment on movies, as well as see what others think of films using social networking tools.
March 31, 2012 |
Seeking to boost its relatively healthy business for classic movies on DVD, Warner Bros. has signed a multiyear deal to release 73 classic films produced by industry legend Samuel Goldwyn. Among the titles Warner is licensing from the producer's son Samuel Goldwyn Jr. are best picture Academy Award winner "The Best Years of Our Lives," the Lou Gehrig biopic "The Pride of the Yankees" with Gary Cooper, the musical "Guys and Dolls" with Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra, and Danny Kaye's "Hans Christian Andersen.