- How millennials are shaping a sharing economy and big brands are listening (MediaPost)
- US consumers more inclined to stream content rather than watch live TV: Study (Variety)
- More than a toy story: Hasbro’s big screen and entertainment plans (Seeking Alpha)
- New Tree Story app plants a real tree for every virtual tree grown in the game (VentureBeat)
With Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron set to premiere in North American theaters on May 1, Disney Consumer Products (DCP) and Marvel have started rolling out a wide-ranging consumer products program at US retailers.
Super Why! creator Out of the Blue Enterprises has joined the US Department of Education’s Accessible Television Portal project, a new SVOD service that streams kids TV shows to students who are blind, visually impaired, deaf or hard of hearing.
- A little competition can be a good thing: As Amazon and Netflix face off, they drive each other to create better programming (Wired)
- Concept store Story features AwesomenessTV merch, takes an innovative magazine-style approach to retail (AdAge)
- Theaters concerned about losing the younger touchscreen generation (Variety)
- Warner Bros. grows its animated slate beyond Lego properties with Storks (Hollywood Reporter)
From the mag: CogniToys and Hello Barbie rightfully drew their fair share of “oohs” and “aahs” from techies and toycos alike when they were unveiled to the world at New York Toy Fair.
- To compete against rivals like Walmart and Amazon, Toys ‘R’ Us rolls out play spaces in stores (Forbes)
- Former Walt Disney Studios chairman Dick Cook launches new company with US$150 million investment (The Hollywood Reporter)
- Why Netflix is moving aggressively into original content waters (New York Times)
- Rovio’s Angry Birds flies into climate change battle for Earth Day (Bloomberg)
- Disney stock gets US$2-billion boost thanks to new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer (MarketWatch)
- To battle streaming competitors, Verizon adds slimmer TV channel packages (New York Times)
- Vessel raises close to US$58 million in a new round of funding (Re/code)
- Apple reportedly in talks to launch Apple Pay in Canada (Financial Post)