‘The Marvels’ Disappoints at Box Office, Showcasing Disney’s Studio Challenge

“The Marvels,” Disney’s latest superhero feature, landed with a thud at the box office only days after Chief Executive Bob Iger called for an overhaul of the entertainment company’s studio business.  A sequel to 2019’s hit “Captain Marvel” from Disney’s Marvel Studios, the new movie features an all-female trio of stars in Brie Larsen, Teyonah … Read more

Hollywood Actors Reach Agreement With Studios, Streamers to End Strike

Updated Nov. 9, 2023 12:41 am ET Striking Hollywood actors reached a tentative agreement with major studios and streamers Wednesday that could clear the way for the entertainment industry to restart its content factory after six months of labor strife. The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists said its TV and theatrical … Read more

Tech, Media & Telecom Roundup: Market Talk

Updated Nov. 8, 2023 4:52 pm ET The latest Market Talks covering Technology, Media and Telecom. Published exclusively on Dow Jones Newswires at 4:20 ET, 12:20 ET and 16:50 ET. 1622 ET – Disney is cutting costs faster than it expected. CEO Bob Iger hinted with third-quarter earnings three months ago that the company was … Read more

Elon Musk Says His New AI Bot ‘Grok’ Will Have Sarcasm and Access to X Information

Updated Nov. 4, 2023 1:44 pm ET Elon Musk gave a glimpse of his artificial-intelligence startup’s first product: a bot named Grok whose sense of humor he demonstrated with jokes about Sam Bankman-Fried and how to make cocaine. Musk, with a series of posts late Friday on X, included what he indicated were sample responses … Read more

His Job Was to Make Instagram Safe for Teens. His 14-Year-Old Showed Him What the App Was Really Like.

Listen to article (2 minutes) In the fall of 2021 a consultant named Arturo Bejar sent Meta Platforms Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg an unusual note. “I wanted to bring to your attention what l believe is a critical gap in how we as a company approach harm, and how the people we serve experience it,” … Read more

Tech, Media & Telecom Roundup: Market Talk

Updated Oct. 27, 2023 6:23 pm ET The latest Market Talks covering Technology, Media and Telecom. Published exclusively on Dow Jones Newswires at 4:20 ET, 12:20 ET and 16:50 ET. 1409 ET – Charter Communications says its carriage dispute last month with Disney cost it about 100,000 cable customers and 15,000 home-internet subscribers. Charter Chief … Read more

Hollywood Actors, Studios to Restart Contract Negotiations

The Hollywood actors union and major studios and streamers said Saturday they are returning to the negotiating table in an effort to end a monthslong strike that has brought TV and film production to a halt. Talks are scheduled to restart Tuesday, nearly two weeks after the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers—which negotiates … Read more

Inside Meta, Debate Over What’s Fair in Suppressing Speech in the Palestinian Territories

Oct. 21, 2023 12:54 pm ET After Hamas stormed Israel and murdered civilians on Oct. 7, hateful comments from the region surged through Instagram. Meta Platforms managers cranked up automatic filters meant to slow the flood of violent and harassing content. But still the comments kept appearing—especially from the Palestinian territories, according to a Meta … Read more

Amazon Confronts a New Rival: TikTok

In the emerging business of ‘social shopping,’ TikTok dominates the social and is spending big to improve the selling. Amazon dominates selling, and is working on the social.