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The increasing popularity of competitive video games has created a global Esports industry that in 2021 had an audience size of 474 million viewers and generated $1.6 billion. While the industry is generating billions off its’ tournaments and providing long term investments and sponsorship opportunities for brands, game publishers, and even private equity firms, many Esports pros and agents, are

Sponsorship revenue for the NFL increased 12% during the 2021-22 season to a record $1.8 billion, according to sports partnership consultancy firm IEG. Despite not associating with gambling businesses in the past, sports betting and casinos saw the largest growth in sponsorship fees, growing more than 140%. In addition, teams took in 4% additional in rights fees, and League-level

Brand sponsorship deals, including sports jersey sponsorships have become increasingly common in professional sports. Jersey sponsorships are when a company pays substantial amounts to advertise their logo on an athlete’s jersey. These corporate sponsorships represent some of the most profitable deals in the sports industry today, working to generate revenue for the team while offering brands a lucrative opportunity to

As big streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon, and Disney Plus pivot from capturing market share to profitability, growth in European content supply may be about to hit a breaking point in 2022.

European SVOD Slowing Down

Resources for European content producers is expected to decrease in 2022, despite large investments from big streaming platforms. The current European market is seeing

Frndly TV, an internet-TV streaming service, founded two years ago by former Dish Network executives, has announced a multi-year distribution deal to bring A+E Networks’ portfolio of brands to Frndly’s subscribers. The multi-year distribution agreement between A&E Networks and Frndly TV will offer Frndly TV’s more than 500,000 subscribers’ access to thirty live TV channels including the Hallmark Channel, A&E,

Frndly TV, an internet-TV streaming service, founded two years ago by former Dish Network executives, has announced a multi-year distribution deal to bring A+E Networks’ portfolio of brands to Frndly’s subscribers. The multi-year distribution agreement between A&E Networks and Frndly TV will offer Frndly TV’s more than 500,000 subscribers’ access to thirty live TV channels including the Hallmark Channel, A&E,

To highlight the work of all writers employed on movie projects, members of the Writers Guild of America recently approved the establishment of an “Additional Literary Material” screen credit for feature films.

Acknowledging the Work of All Writers

Starting Jan. 1, 2022, the WGA can offer an “Additional Literary Credit” to writers during the credit-determination process. The credit will provide

An increasing number of high-profile on camera talent lawsuits alleging breach of contract is resulting in scrutiny of the business practices of Netflix and Disney.

Carole Baskin vs Netflix and Royal Goode Productions

Carole Baskin and her husband, recently sued Netflix and “Tiger King 2” production company Royal Goode Productions for breach of contract. In the lawsuit, the Baskins alleged

In our last blog post, “Streaming Has Created a Showrunner Problem,” we discussed how the streaming of motion picture content and the binge-watching model of dropping all series episodes at once has not only changed the way Hollywood writers typically create.  It has also negatively impacted other workers in the entertainment and media industries. Among other impacts, according to SAG-AFTRA

The motion picture industry provides abundant opportunity for creative professionals to put their unique skills to work, because in no other industry can you find job roles that are more unique.

Showrunners Disrupted

One of these distinctive roles is that of the TV series showrunner, a position that combines the creative writer role with the traditional producer-manager role. A showrunner