MGM deal throws other Hollywood giants in the spotlight

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5 Hollywood giants that Big Tech could snap up next in the wake of Amazon’s MGM deal

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Sarah Lyons.

A top HBO Max product exec on launching ads, expanding internationally, and keeping focused as the Discovery merger looms

  • 2021 is set to be a big year for HBO Max, which is planning an ad-supported tier and international rollout.
  • Ashley Rodriguez talked to HBO Max product exec Sarah Lyons after WarnerMedia and Discovery’s merger news.
  • She talked about building HBO Max’s new ad-supported and international experiences.

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Travel by plane

Marketers are seeking facetime with their agencies again, but some ad execs are resistant to going back to crazy pre-pandemic travel schedules

  • Ad execs are starting to travel again as clients seek facetime with their agencies, they tell Lindsay Rittenhouse.
  • Some agencies are prepared to push back if asked to resume hectic pre-pandemic travel schedules.
  • But habits are hard to break, and agencies that don’t show up in person may be at risk of losing the business.

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