Warner Bros. has signed an agreement with Softbank to acquire subscription video-on-demand service DramaFever, which streams Korean movies and TV shows. The deal follows the 2015 purchase of iStreamPlanet and the launch of HBO Now streaming services by Time Warner, the parent company of Warner Bros., in an effort to provide more over-the-top content. "There is a great deal of coherence across Time Warner in how we are thinking about the need to reach our audiences more directly," said Craig Hunegs of Warner Bros. Television Group.
Thomas Tull, head of Legendary Entertainment, could be close to closing a deal with NBCUniversal to collaborate on financing, marketing, distribution and production for film and television. Tull likes the company's diverse infrastructure for promotions across film, television, online and theme parks, Nikkie Finke writes, citing a source. Sony remains in the mix, alongside other reported pursuers such as Fox, Lionsgate and Warner Bros.
DISH Network is fighting efforts by broadcast networks to get information about its communications with streaming service Aereo. The information is being sought by the networks as part of litigation over the service's unauthorized use of their programming. Meanwhile, Aereo, as part of the discovery process, has tried to review the networks' retransmission-consent and licensing deals, but a judge has only granted limited access.
DISH Network intends to seek $2.3 billion in financing for dealings that "may include wireless and spectrum-related transactions." DISH on Tuesday had put the amount it would finance for such transactions at $1 billion.
The NAB Show has added to its roster of speakers: Bruce Rosenblum, president of Warner Bros. Television Group and chairman and CEO of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and Ben Silverman, founder and chairman of Electus. Rosenblum will appear at the NAB Show Super Session on April 17, and Silverman is slated to be the keynote speaker at the Disruptive Media Conference, also on April 17.