“We’ve been laser-focused on building out the global team to support the rapidly growing music industry and setting up creators for success. We’ve established ourselves as the technology leader in the industry, and we are deeply investing in building innovative new products and services across the music ecosystem to super-serve our roster, across publishing, recordings, collections, neighboring rights and sync.” “We’re outpacing the industry in terms of growth,” said Kobalt founder & CEO Willard Ahdritz.
Gross profit was up 23.6% to $52.5 million.
Its recorded-music division, AWAL, was up 50% in revenue for the year, driven by artists including the Wombats, Lauv and Little Simz, along with a new partnership with Glassnote.
Its publishing division saw a 20% boost in revenue; recent signings include Childish Gambino, Enrique Iglesias, Marshmello and Ozuna,
The company also posted a 30% boost in gross collections, to $494 million and projects over $600 million in the same category for the 2019 fiscal year. Kobalt posted strong results in his earnings report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018, with revenues up by 25.3% to $402.1 million.
“Through its unique multi-tiered model, AWAL is designed to serve artists at all stages of their careers on a scalable platform.” “We are very excited by the rapid growth of AWAL, our recordings business, which achieved growth of over 50% in the last fiscal year and is anticipated to continue a similar growth rate this year,” said Ahdritz.
The company’s global staff grew from 376 to 515 employees during that same fiscal year and has since expanded in Canada.” />

There’s an en suite bedroom for guests or staff on the main floor and three more en suite guest bedrooms on the upper floor, each with a walk-in closet and two with French doors to Juliet balconies. The sprawling master suite occupies a private wing of its own and, in addition to the customary walk-in closet and luxury bathroom, incorporates a cozily compact bed chamber, a spacious separate sitting room with fireplace and a hidden, speakeasy-style screening room with wet bar and powder room. A potential fifth guest or family bedroom is currently outfitted as a home gym with a tanning bed and a full wall of built-ins that hide a secret, walk-in cigar humidor.
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After more than a year on the market at steadily declining prices that began at a pie-in-the-sky $10 million, Charlie Sheen has engaged the services of new listing agents and re-listed his infamous Beverly Hills mansion with a freshly and steeply discounted number so close to $8 million it might as well be $8 million. Behind the guarded gates of the Mulholland Estates enclave in the mansion strewn mountains between Beverly Hills and Sherman Oaks, the ornately detailed Mediterranean manse has five bedrooms and six full and two half bathrooms in close to 9,000 square feet. The former “Two and a Half Men” star, who set the mansion out as a luxury rental last year at $43,000 per month and quickly paid off a nearly $90,000 Notice of Default on the property earlier this year, according to tax records, purchased the property in 2006 for $7.2 million.
Surrounded by leafy trees and lush foliage, the backyard is designed for al fresco living and entertaining with a swimming pool and spa, a poolside barbecue pavilion and bar, an outdoor shower, a flat patch of evergreen faux-grass and a vegetable garden.
The house is entered through iron accented glass doors that open to an oval-shaped foyer with a gracefully curved staircase. Double height ceilings and a soaring wall of windows define the dining room and, arranged around a center island with updated appliances, the kitchen is high-end in a generic sort of way and opens to an octagonal breakfast nook and a spacious family room with an adjoining bar/games lounge that opens to the backyard. Just inside the front door an office/library features a fireplace and what was probably originally designed as a formal living room is decked out as a plush, 16-seat professional quality theater.
Once the highest paid actor on television, Sheen owned two other luxury homes in the Mulholland Estates enclave. In 2011 he paid Mike Medavoy $7 million for a 9,000+ square foot Mediterranean mansion he sold in 2015 at a punishing $400,000 loss and in 2012 he paid billionaire Tom Gores $4.8 million for another Mediterranean residence that was sold in 2016 for just over $5.4 million to a high-profile Platinum Triangle real estate broker who lucratively flipped it in the following year for a bit more than $8.5 million to its current owner, reality TV scion, fashion model and powerhouse social media personality Kendall Jenner.

– Higher resolution dynamic shadows and improved quality and smoothness of shadows, especially during movement
– Improved Anti-Aliasing including improved edge line implementation, ink link definition and framing/outline around the character models
– Remastered 4K characters and vehicles
– Improved screen space ambient occlusion and improved SSAO method for more realistic ambient lighting” />
– Remastered 4K environment textures, including geometry and skyboxes
– Re-encoded 4K Cinematics
The upgrade is also coming to PC, updating visuals for "Borderlands 2," "Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel," and all related DLC. This free Ultra HD texture pack brings upgrades to characters, vehicles, weapons, and environment, and will increase the visual fidelity of "Borderlands: The Handsome Collection" and all its downloadable content on consoles. A full breakdown of changes can be found below.
The "Borderlands" series is getting a big visual upgrade with the release of an Ultra HD texture pack coming April 3, it was announced on Thursday.
– Remastered 4K environment textures, including geometry and skyboxes
– Updates weapon meshes and textures
On consoles, the Ultra HD texture pack includes:
– Higher resolution dynamic shadows
– 4K Ultra HD resolution and HDR for Xbox One X and PlayStation 4 Pro players
– Remastered 4K characters and vehicles
– Remastered 4K weapon meshes and textures
On PC, players can expect the following:
– Improved Anti-Aliasing, including improved edge line implementation, ink link definition and framing/outline around the character models

The company also detailed some changes its made to the game since its release including adding AIM controller support.
"Borderlands VR" is getting all of the existing "Borderlands 2" DLC on PlayStation VR this summer for free, developer Gearbox announced during its PAX East panel on Thursday.
The biggest news of the day, though, was the new trailer for "Borderlands 3" the studio showed off.” />
During the panel, Gearbox also announced a slew of new titles coming to its third-party portfolio, including “Bulletstorm: Duke of Switch,” “Pathologic 2,” and “Risk of Rain 2.”
Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage, Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt, and Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep. The four downloadable content packs coming to the game this summer are Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate’s Booty, Mr.
More details about the addition will be announced in the coming months.
The studio also announced a remastered and improved version of the original "Borderlands" coming to PC for free, and to consoles and discussed a new HD upgrade coming to the other existing games.
“Tiny Tina’s Robot Tea Party” is the first “Borderlands” tea party of its kind, and is available for purchase on the PAX East show floor. CEO Randy Pitchford also showed off new card game in the “Borderlands” universe.

Netflix's strong showing on the Brand Finance report comes amid a shake-up in the streamer's senior marketing team. That was followed by the departure by Stephen Bruno, who led global marketing at Netflix, to become chief marketing officer at MGM. Earlier this month, CMO Kelly Bennett said he will be exiting Netflix after more than six years at the company.
"Netflix delivers high-quality and varied programming to anyone with internet access and a credit card," said Alex Haigh, Brand Finance's valuation director. "The platform has embarked on a disruptive approach to media services and now has incumbents in the market looking over their shoulder."
Amazon again took the crown as the most valuable U.S. The ecommerce behemoth was followed by Apple ($153.6 billion), Google ($142.8 billion), Microsoft ($119.6 billion), and AT&T ($87.0 billion). brand, growing nearly 25% to $187.9 billion for 2019, according to Brand Finance. In sixth place was Facebook at $83.2 billion — with its brand value increasing 8.7% over the past year despite the string of damaging privacy revelations and other scandals it has suffered of late.
Netflix — whose name has practically achieved verb status — was the fastest-growing brand from 2018-19 among American companies, according to a new study by Brand Finance, a global brand-valuation consulting firm.
Meanwhile, professional services firm Deloitte topped Brand Finance's 2019 Brand Strength Index, with a score of 91.2 out of 100, followed by McDonald's, Intel, Neutrogena and Coca-Cola. The Brand Strength Index scores are calculated using a weighted group of metrics evaluating marketing investment, stakeholder equity, and business performance.” />
After Netflix, other companies that saw the biggest brand-value gains from 2018-19 on Brand Finance's study were Taco Bell (+83.4%), American Express (+81.8%), Hampton Inn (+78.3%), Jacobs Engineering (+77.3%), General Dynamics (+74.9%), Nvidia (+73.3%), Dunkin' (+73.0%), Pizza Hut (+72.8%) and Discovery (+70.6%).
The streamer's estimated brand value more than doubled over the past year, growing 105%, to $21.2 billion, per the study. Brand Finance calculates values of brands using a "royalty relief" methodology, which involves estimating the likely future revenue that are attributable to a brand by calculating a royalty rate that would be charged for its use.
YouTube's brand value rose 46%, to $37.8 billion, over the past year to climb to 13th place nationally (up 10 spots). Meanwhile, Google's YouTube is a powerful and fast-rising brand in its own right.
Of course, Netflix has a ways to go before it cracks into the top 10 of America's most valuable brands — which is dominated by larger tech companies. Overall, Netflix sits at No. 40 on the 2019 Brand Finance ranking of brand value, up 19 spots from last year.
10 spot overall. Fresh off acquiring the entertainment assets of 21st Century Fox, Disney saw its brand value jump 40%, to $45.7 billion, per Brand Finance. Disney scored as the most valuable brand among traditional media companies, taking the No.

The gathering was hosted by WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey, the former AT&T executive who made the call to force Tsujihara to resign as a result of what Stankey characterized as his "mistakes" that were "inconsistent" with AT&T's expectations for leaders.
Nelson told Variety that emotions were definitely running high in the crowd and that virtually all of the speakers choked up in their remarks, including Tsujihara. She noted that Tsujihara's ouster has come at a time when the studio is already adjusting to a new parent company and the lightning-speed changes in the content marketplace.
was saluted Wednesday evening with a reception on the studio lot that drew about 75 people, including his predecessors in the CEO suite, Bob Daly and Barry Meyer. Kevin Tsujihara's long tenure at Warner Bros.
Tsujihara's wife, Sandy, and teenage son and daughter were also on hand. Roth became emotional as he expressed to the Tsujihara family how much their father is "loved and respected" on the lot, according to multiple sources.
As for his future, Tsujihara didn't give many hints, but said there were "new mountains" for him to climb, according to multiple sources.
It was handled with a sense of elegance and a sense that this could be the start of a rehabilitation process." "It's a time of real unrest and anxiety and it did an awful lot for people at the company to be able to acknowledge Kevin as a person and as a leader," Nelson said. "The through-line was that we're proud of this person as a human being who made a mistake in judgment.
Tsujihara also joked that Stankey didn't need to work too hard to find his successor because his longtime assistant, Sita Pearson, has been the true power behind his throne for the past six years.
The list included former home video chief Warren Lieberfarb, former film distribution head Dan Fellman, Disney Studios chairman (and former WB film chief) Alan Horn, Disney Television Studios chief Craig Hunegs (a former Warner Bros. TV honcho), Quibi content COO Diane Nelson (former head of DC Entertainment), former vice chairman and CFO Ed Romano, and former physical production chief Steve Papazian. alumni were in attendance. A number of other prominent Warner Bros.
After six years as Warner Bros. Ross Theater because of the circumstances of Tsujihara's hasty departure. movies. chairman-CEO and 25 years with the studio overall, Tsujihara was forced to resign March 18 amid the scandal spurred by the revelation that he had extramarital affair with actress Charlotte Kirk in 2013, and that he used his position as studio chief to try to help her land small roles in Warner Bros. There was a melancholy air about the gathering in the lobby of the Steven J.
He cited as an accomplishment of his tenure as CEO the strides the studio has made in fostering diversity at all levels of the company. He called Stankey "a good man with a big heart," according to multiple sources. He thanked his wife and children profusely, and he expressed gratitude to the many staffers who have sought him out during the past two weeks. He cited the success of last summer's "Crazy Rich Asians" as the kind of movie that would no longer be considered an "exception" to a mainstream studio film slate. Tsujihara was visibly moved as he addressed the crowd. He spoke of the studio's famed culture and the familial sense among those who have worked there, past and present.
Daly, who headed the studio from 1979 to 1999, and Meyer, who was at the helm from 1999 to 2013, both addressed the crowd, praising Tsujihara's skills as an executive and leader. As the short speeches were made, many in the crowd were teary-eyed, reflecting the strong level of support and respect that Tsujihara continues to enjoy among many studio staffers. Stankey also spoke, telling Tsujihara that his "best days" are ahead, according to multiple sources.
(Pictured: John Stankey, Kevin Tsujihara)” />
Friday marks Tsujihara's last day on the job at Warner Bros. He has remained actively engaged as CEO during the past two weeks as the studio prepares to transition the leadership to a trio of interim leaders: Film and TV leaders Toby Emmerich and Peter Roth, respectively, and studio CFO Kim Williams.

Both he and Hopkins argued that ad-supported video services needed to consolidate to attract more money from big brands. “It doesn’t make a lot of sense for there to be hundreds of AVOD networks,” Rouhana said. “Roughly 50% of the VOD (market) revenue will come from advertising,” Rouhana said.
CSS Entertainment will contribute its own ad-supported video services Popcornflix, Truli, Popcornflix Kids, Popcornflix Comedy, Frightpix, and Espanolflix, as well as the subscription video services company Pivotshare. Rouhana said Popcornflix and Crackle would remain unchanged for the time being, but that there would likely be some differentiation between the two services over time.
“We think it’s a big opportunity,” Hopkins said.” /> Even with big competitors, Crackle Plus will aim to be a major player in the AVOD space, according to the two executives. The new company will have access to over 38,500 hours of programming, and will serve close to 10 million monthly active users across its services, who collectively stream over 1.3 billion minutes per month.
Sony acquired Crackle all the way back in 2006, when the service was still known as Grouper. In the following years, it built out Crackle as an ad-supported video service, making use of both Sony’s catalog of movies and TV shows, as well as investing in original content. One of the best-known shows on Crackle was Jerry Seinfeld’s web series "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee," which played on the service for nine seasons before moving to Netflix.
Rouhana said he didn’t expect Crackle Plus to need any further cash infusions. So why not sell Crackle outright? “We will run this as a profitable business,” he said. The logic for the deal ultimately comes down to the fact that it allows Sony to profit from any upside without having to sink more money into the video service.
Sony Pictures Television has found of a new home for its Crackle ad-supported streaming service: The company struck a deal with Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment (CSS Entertainment) to launch a new joint venture — dubbed Crackle Plus — that will also run Popcornflix, other streaming channels, and adjacent online video businesses.
Ladenburg Thalmann & Co. Sony began to look at strategic alternatives for Crackle last summer, and at the time retained investment bank Moelis & Co., which ultimately also represented the company in this deal. served as the adviser to CSS Entertainment.
“We look at the AVOD [ad-supported video-on-demand] market as being ripe for innovation,” Hopkins said. In an exclusive interview with Variety, Sony Pictures Television chairman Mike Hopkins, and CSS Entertainment chairman and CEO Bill Rouhana both described the partnership as a way to better take advantage of the opportunity of ad-supported video.
Sony Entertainment’s New Media Services will provide the back-end tech for the joint venture, and Sony Pictures Television is also licensing movies and TV shows from the Sony Pictures catalog to Crackle Plus. Sony will contribute Crackle’s U.S. brand, its user base, and its advertising business to the joint venture.
Ad-supported video has gotten a lot of attention in recent months. In January, Viacom plunked down $340 million to acquire AVOD startup Pluto. Meanwhile, Walmart has been building out the ad-supported part of its Vudu service; Roku has been growing its ad-supported Roku Channel; upstart Tubi recently committed to spending $100 million on the licensing of ad-supported content; and Amazon’s IMDb launched its own ad-supported video entertainment service in January.
“It wasn’t our core business,” Hopkins admitted. “It wasn’t our core skill set.” Going forward, Sony will focus more on its core competencies — namely the production and distribution of content, he said.
The company laid off some Crackle staffers last year, and it has closed both Crackle’s Canada and Latin America businesses over the past nine months. However, there have been signs for some time that Sony wanted to exit the business.
The companies didn’t disclose any further financial details of the arrangement. Sony Pictures Television chief digital officer Eric Berger, who had been running Crackle, is expected to leave the company once the deal closes. CSS Entertainment will own the majority of the new company, and Sony will in turn receive 4 million five-year warrants to purchase Class A common stock of CSS Entertainment at various price points.

Zoe Colletti, Michael Garza, Gabriel Rush, Austin Abrams, Dean Norris, Gil Bellows, Lorraine Toussaint, Austin Zajur, and Natalie Ganzhorn star. 9, 2019.” /> CBS Films and Lionsgate will release "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" on Aug.
The first trailer for “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” was released on Thursday, giving fans an extended look at the upcoming film after unveiling a few macabre teasers during the Super Bowl earlier this year.
A young girl named Sarah, the author of the mysterious book, has filled the pages with terrible secrets. The film follows a group of teenagers as they solve a string of mysterious murders. However, as it's revealed in the first trailer you don't read Sarah's book, "the book reads you!"  In 1968, the teenagers discover a book full of scary stories inside a mansion belonging to the Bellows family, which has loomed large in small town of Mill Valley for generations.
Del Toro came on to the project in April of 2018, a month after winning Oscars for best picture and director for "The Shape of Water."  André Øvredal (“The Autopsy of Jane Doe”) directs the upcoming film. Guillermo del Toro produced and wrote the screen story alongside Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan.
This new translation, however, will attempt to thread all the stories together in one narrative. Dan and Kevin Hageman wrote the screenplay based on the popular children's book trilogy by Alvin Schwartz published in the '80s and '90s.

Each episode will focus on one story from the golden age of professional wrestling, and the former wrestler Dutch Mantel will provide narration.
Wrestling fans will be able to relive some of the most infamous moments and learn untold secrets with Viceland's new docu-series, "Dark Side of the Ring."
Jason Eisener ("Hobo with a Shotgun") directed, Evan Husney and Ed Hatton produced and Viceland's Chris Grosso executive produced the series.” />
"Dark Side of the Ring" will examine the tragic love story between "Macho Man" Randy Savage and his former manager and wrestler Miss Elizabeth, plus the dark history of the multigenerational Von Erich wrestling family, victims of the so-called "Von Erich curse." The show will also explore the unscripted Montreal Screwjob that stripped Bret Hart of his title, the unexplained locker room fight that led to the death of Bruiser Brody, the mistaken homicide and later-ruled drug overdose of "Gorgeous" Gino Hernandez, and the sexual misconduct and industry manipulation allegations against female star The Fabulous Moolah.
The six-episode series, which premieres April 10 at 9 p.m. ET., will dive into the biggest controversies from in and out of the ring involving professional wrestling's most notorious superstars.

After that initial 60 days, users can come back to receive an additional nine months. 24, 2019 to claim their three months of Nintendo Switch Online, and until January 22, 2020 to claim the additional nine months. Twitch Prime members have until Sept. Beginning March 28, Twitch Prime members can claim three months of Nintendo Switch Online by visiting here. Twitch Prime users who already have a Nintendo Switch Online membership will have the additional months added to their existing membership.
Twitch Prime members can get up to 12 free months of Nintendo Switch Online, Twitch Prime and Nintendo announced Thursday.
“We’ve teamed up with Nintendo to bring members up to a full year of great experiences on Nintendo Switch,” said  Vice President of Twitch Prime Ethan Evans in a prepared statement. “Gaming is better with Twitch Prime — members already get free PC games and in-game loot for blockbuster games, a Twitch channel subscription, and more every month, plus all the benefits of Amazon Prime."
A Nintendo Switch Online membership offers a number of features for the Nintendo Switch, including online play and Save Data Cloud backup for compatible games, a collection of classic NES games with added online play, a smartphone app that enhances features of supported games, and other special offers.” />