Disney loses bid to stop Redbox from selling its digital download codes

Last December Disney filed a lawsuit against Redbox in an effort to get the company to stop selling digital download codes for Disney films. But as The Hollywood Reporter notes, a California federal judge has rejected the studio’s request for an injunction that would have halted the practice. Instead, the judge called into question Disney’s stringent policies about the codes, accusing the studio of “copyright misuse.”

The case results from Redbox’s lack of an existing business arrangement with Disney. The rental service has distribution deals in place with major studios like Warner Bros., which allow Redbox to purchase physical DVDs and Blu-rays of popular movies that it then offers for rental at its standalone kiosks. Disney has struck…

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Disney reportedly plans ‘Muppets’ reboot for its streaming service

It's no secret that Disney's upcoming streaming service will bank on familiar names, but we're now getting a clearer sense of what that means. Hollywood Reporter sources have claimed that Disney is working on a "reboot" of The Muppets, the short-liv…
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Disney is reportedly rebooting The Muppets for its streaming service

Disney is planning to create a new Muppets TV series for its not-yet-launched streaming service, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Details on the series are scarce, but it’s in line with earlier reports about the kind of streaming service Disney plans to operate. Earlier this month, Deadline reported that Disney plans to release a handful of original films and series within the first year and that the service would stick with family-friendly TV shows and movies.

The Muppets reboot would also continue Disney’s trend of populating its streaming service with its own intellectual property. As THR points out, Disney acquired The Muppets Studio in 2004 and has already created a Muppets TV series for ABC, which was canceled after one…

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5th Annual Digital Entertainment World to Feature Speakers from Facebook, Apple, Netflix, YouTube, Microsoft & Disney

Recognized by Hollywood insiders, digital influencers and industry leaders throughout the world as a “must-attend” event, now in its 5th year Digital Entertainment World (DEW) is fast approaching.

And it’s “where you want to be if you are in the business of creating or monetizing digital entertainment content,” event organizers say.

DEW 2018 focuses on “The FUTURE of…” and will cover topics from OTT to Innovation to eSports to Content Marketing to VR/AR to Music Rights to Startups, etc., as this theme guides the talks, discussions, meetings and presentations over the two days. This year’s event will be held in the hip and modern Marina del Rey Marriott just steps from the beach and located in the heart of LA’s thriving Silicon Beach with easy access to Santa Monica, Venice and Playa Vista. The event includes keynotes, fireside chats, presentations, panel discussions, tech demos, startup competition, innovative exhibitions, daily DJ music and performers and the best networking in the hotel’s Sinder Lounge.

“2018 DEW focuses on the most important developments shaping entertainment and media today from media consolidation to cord cutting to the challenges facing digital publishers,” said Ned Sherman, DEW Chair and Counsel & Director of Manatt Digital. “By bringing together the key stakeholders at the intersection of content and technology, we provide a first-class platform for deal making and partnership development.”

DEW includes more than 75 unique sessions and 200 speakers on topics essential to the future of video, music, brands, marketing, gaming, AR/VR, and AI.

To learn more or to register, click here.

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