HBO Max debuting to audiences eager for more home entertainment

AT&T’s WarnerMedia division launches its HBO Max streaming service on Wednesday, taking on Netflix, Disney and Amazon at a time when coronavirus lockdowns have boosted demand for streaming even as rising unemployment has cut...

Maxim turning to cover-model contest during financial struggles

Financially struggling Maxim is once again turning to a controversial cover-model contest to help it through the uncertain economic times, Media Ink has learned. Maxim unveiled its latest such contest Monday — months earlier than...

Warner Music Group moves forward with IPO despite coronavirus

Warner Music Group, the hot record company behind Cardi B, Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars, said it’s moving forward with its planned initial public offering, despite the coronavirus pandemic. The New York-based company said its...

New York Times dedicates front page to coronavirus victims’ names

The New York Times has dedicated its entire Sunday front page to naming — and humanizing — U.S. coronavirus victims. The unusual, chilling, text-only front page includes heartbreakingly sweet, one-line anecdotes of the lives lost...

Sony warns profit may drop 30 percent or more this year

Sony said Wednesday that operating profit could fall 30 percent or more in the current fiscal year as the coronavirus hits the box office, as well as consumer demand for smartphones, video game consoles...

Disney’s streaming boss Kevin Mayer to become TikTok CEO

Kevin Mayer, the executive who oversaw the launch of Disney’s streaming service, is leaving the Mouse House to become the chief executive officer of popular social media app TikTok. Mayer is joining TikTok at a...

Biden campaign boots reporter off Wall Street fundraising call

The White House pool reporter assigned to cover Joe Biden’s fundraising call with Wall Street fat cats Thursday evening was booted off the call when it came time for the former veep to take...

Hamptons magazines are altering production due to coronavirus

The beaches may be opening in the Hamptons this weekend, but the reading material — at least when it comes to magazines — will be curtailed on the eastern end of Long Island. “Right now,...

Atlantic Media lays off 20 percent of staff amid advertising collapse

Atlantic Media, publisher of The Atlantic magazine, said it will cut about 20 percent of its staff in response to the advertising collapse tied to the coronavirus crisis. Chairman David Bradley, a health care billionaire,...

Hightimes’ acquisition of California marijuana cultivator goes to pot

Hightimes Holding, still laboring to complete a crowdsourced initial public offering, has quietly scrapped its deal to acquire a marijuana cultivator in California — the latest deal to hit the skids for the parent...