Original Content podcast: We welcome the reign of Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’

 Marvel’s Black Panther officially opens today, but TechCrunch’s Darrell Etherington and Anthony Ha have seen it already. Darrell and Anthony are both comic book nerds, and the latest episode of the Original Content podcast includes plenty of discussion about how the latest movie fits into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But Black Panther isn’t just for hardcore comic geeks, so… Read More

Streaming service Fandor has a new COO and a new Chief Product Engineering Officer

 Fandor has expanded its executive team, promoting General Counsel and Chief Distribution Officer Felice Oper to the role of COO, and appointing TS Ramakrishnan as its Chief Product Engineering Officer. Felice joined the company in 2015, around the same time that Larry Aidem took over as CEO. Aidem, who previously worked with Felice at HBO, said that her role at Fandor has expanded… Read More

‘Glee’ and ‘American Horror Story’ co-creator Ryan Murphy signs exclusive deal with Netflix

Ryan Murphy Another high-profile TV producer is going all-in with Netflix: Ryan Murphy has signed what the streaming service describes as “a multi-year deal to produce new series and films exclusively at Netflix, starting July 1, 2018.” Murphy’s credits include Glee, American Horror Story, American Crime Story and The Normal Heart. He already had a relationship with Netflix, thanks to… Read More

Apple is developing a scripted basketball show inspired by Kevin Durant’s life

 The Warriors are currently atop the Western Conference standings, but from the looks of it, Kevin Durant is shaping up to be every bit as  in demand off the court. Roughly a month ago, YouTube announced that it was partnering with the star small forward’s video business to offer up original sports programming. Now Apple’s getting in on the action. The company announced today… Read More

Amazon greenlights the fifth season of Bosch

 Amazon Prime Video’s longest running hour-long original series is back for yet another season. The company has greenlit Season 5 of Bosch, the Emmy-nominated series based on Michael Connelly’s detective/crime fiction novels. Bosch follows LAPD Detective Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch as he tries to solve the most elusive cases. The fifth season is based on the novel Angels… Read More

Chamillionaire is a presentation genius, has a new app

 You probably know Chamillionaire from the song “Ridin,'” but did you know the Grammy Award winner is also a successful startup investor? He has had several favorable outcomes, including Cruise, which sold to General Motors and Maker Studios, which was bought by Disney. Now he’s trying his hand at a startup of his own. If you’re a Chamillionaire superfan, you may already… Read More

YouTube will remove ads, downgrade discoverability of channels posting offensive videos

 After barring Logan Paul earlier today from serving ads on his video channel, YouTube has now announced a more formal and wider set of sanctions it’s prepared to level on any creator that starts to post videos that are harmful to viewers, others in the YouTube community, or advertisers. As it has done with Paul (on two occasions now), the site said it will remove monetization options on… Read More

NBC exec Jennifer Salke named head of Amazon Studios

 Amazon Studios has finally found a replacement for Roy Price after the executive stepped down in mid-October over sexual harassment claims. Jennifer Salke will be filling in the top spot at the online studio after serving for six years as NBC’s Entertainment President. “We are thrilled to announce that Jennifer Salke will be joining us as the Head of Amazon… Read More