Apple TV films will hit cinemas weeks before their streaming debut in bid to woo Hollywood by Laurence Dodds, US Technology Reporter, San Francisco / The Telegraph 

Actors Steve Carell, Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston speak during an event launching Apple tv+ at Apple headquarters on March 25, 2019, in Cupertino, California

Apple will release some of the biggest films on its new streaming service exclusively in cinemas first, in what sources characterised as an effort to woo Hollywood away from Netflix.

The iPhone maker said on Friday that it would give cinema chains a free run at three of its new films, holding back their streaming debuts by up to four weeks.

People familiar with the plan told the told the Wall Street Journal that it was designed to attract prominent directors and producers to Apple TV Plus, as well as create a sense of glamour around their releases. (To read the full article, click here.)



Chinese cash promises evaporate for Hollywood studios. Hollywood loves money, but it’s getting less of it from China than had once been in the pipeline.

Billions of dollars once flowed in from China, with even more promised, but tightened restrictions on overseas investment, as well as changes in the business climate in entertainment, have seen many deals fall apart. CGTN’s Phil Lavelle reports along with Kathryn Arnold at


Netflix and Amazon have revolutionized the streaming model and have changed our viewing habits. And it’s now a billion-dollar industry with high stakes. How are streaming services taking advantage of their new popularity and how are the audiences responding?

CGTN’s Phil Lavelle reports on the explosion in popularity and speaks with Kathryn Arnold at


China’s link with Hollywood is about to get even stronger. One of the biggest talent management firms in the world is setting up a new venture in Beijing.

Creative Artists Agency, better known as CAA, which represents some of the world’s most famous names, is launching a new agency there, following others who have done the same. CGTN’s Phil Lavelle reports on the expansion and speaks with Kathryn Arnold at


Foreign films that perform poorly in the U.S. are getting a second lease on life in China. Movies that get distributed months after their release dates in the U.S. and elsewhere have found that the Chinese box office can sometimes double their profits.

CGTN’s Phil Lavelle reports from Hollywood and speaks with Peter Debruge of Variety and Kathryn Arnold of The Entertainment Expert.



“Those breaches caused damages,” added Hatter in the order (read here in full). “The declaration of expert Kathryn Arnold sufficiently establishes a prima facie case that [Thom and Gail’s] communications … to third parties ‘have harmed and continue to harm the value of the entire catalogue of Steinbeck Works.'”


Behind the $200M Cost of Killing Sony’s `The Interview’

Dec. 18 (Bloomberg) — Sony Pictures’ decision to let Seth Rogen make a comedy about a plot to kill a head of state will potentially cost the studio hundreds of millions of dollars after a devastating cyber-attack linked to North Korea. Entertainment Expert and Consultant Kathryn Arnold and Blue Coat Chief Security Strategist and Vice President Hugh Thompson weigh in on “Bloomberg West.” (Source: Bloomberg)

What the Sony hacks mean for the entertainment industry

Published on Dec 19, 2014

CCTV America’s Mike Walter was joined by Kathryn Arnold, entertainment expert and consultant, to talk about the latest controversy surrounding Sony Pictures that has paralyzed the film company and raised fears of terrorist attacks inside the United States.

What the Sony Hack Reveals About the Movie Business

Dec. 10 (Bloomberg) — NYU Undergraduate Film Chair Joe Pichirallo and Entertainment Expert and Consultant Kathryn Arnold discuss the fallout from Sony Pictures’ documents that were leaked by hackers. They speak on “Bloomberg West.” (Source: Bloomberg)


PRO VIDEO COALITION article 11/7/14

Distribution is often the last thing filmmakers and content creators think about, but HBO’s recent announcement to create an OTT platform could be an indication that it should be among the first. Knowing where and how an audience is going to find your content is a critical consideration these days, and with so many more options the topic has become a very complex one. Understanding the ways in which distribution has and will continue to evolve is essential for content creators of all sizes.

To help us with that understanding, we talked with Kathryn Arnold Entertainment Expert and Consultant read more…



The creators of “South Park,” Trey Parker and Matt Stone, are taking some of the$200 million in profits from their Broadway musical, “Book of Mormon,” and along with a little help from investors are starting their own production studio – Important Studios.

In 1993, while they were stidemts at the University of Colorado, Parker and Stone made their first feature film, “Cannibal! The Musical.” They made it on a shoestring, though for a couple of college kids $125,000 isn’t bad. Four years later the first episode of “South Park” aired on Comedy Central. Almost instantly the irreverent cartoon featuring bits like “Jesus vs. Santa” became a huge hit. Then came “South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut,” which had a budget of $21 million, more than 100 times the budget for “Cannibal!”

Kathryn Arnold, an entertainment expert and consultant in Los Angeles, says Parker and Stone have a proven track record of creative successes that have also been commercially successful, “not only in TV but also with their play ‘Book of Mormon.'”



This weekend at the box office, “The Fault in Our Stars” brought in $48.2 million dollars.
It’s Hollywood’s latest movie adaptation of a book that appeals largely to young women. It’s part of a string of successful movies aimed at this very demographic — The box-office success of Twilight, Hunger Games and Malificent shows the movie business is moving past its traditional audience (men aged 13 to 34) and found another, new way to make money.


Loss of Wages Claims in the Entertainment Industry

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Speaking on Film Finance at the United Nations Caribbean Film Partnership Conference


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