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Film industry enters the “new streaming battleground”

From a consolidation of historic Hollywood studios and the reunification of two major media companies to Apple taking the leap into content as the streaming wars ensue, 2019 was a massively turbulent year that changed everything in the ecosystem of the entertainment business. As the calendar turns, 2020 is shaping up as a critical marker for high-stakes execution — when those in the C-suite have to prove they made the right decisions to realign their businesses for media’s next epoch. Last month saw the launch of two huge bets on…

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UK’s Curzon sold to US global player Cohen Media

The deal for one of the U.K.’s oldest art house chains includes the Curzon Artificial Eye distribution arm and Curzon Home Cinema streaming platform. In what could mark the last major acquisition of 2019, Charles S. Cohen’s Cohen Media Group has purchased Curzon Cinemas, one of the U.K.’s oldest and most recognizable art house theater chains.  The deal — announced Monday by Cohan and Curzon CEO Philip Knatchbull — gives real estate billionaire and film producer Cohan a significant foothold across the Atlantic, not simply including Curzon’s 13 sites around…

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New York’s Iconic Paris Theater saved by streaming giant Netflix

Much in the same way that you can shop for books in a brick-and-mortar Amazon store, you’re now able to catch the latest Netflix Original flick on a bona fide movie-theater screen. The streaming service has just announced that it is leasing New York’s legendary Paris Theater, breathing new life into the city’s last-remaining single-screen cinema, which went dark—seemingly for good—in August of this year. The Paris opened in 1948 and quickly became a favorite for cinephiles thanks to its programming of foreign (originally French, hence the theater’s name) and…

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