Your guide to what’s happening this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.

Week ahead

Industry events 

Kicking off the week is MIPTV conference and exhibition for the global TV and digital content market in Cannes, France from Monday through to Thursday. It will gather content distributors, buyers and innovators to network and strike production deals.  

NAB in Las Vegas also takes place this week until Thursday, attracting professionals interested in the production, distribution and monetisation of entertainment content. IBC365 is in Las Vegas so stay tuned to the website for updates from the show. And you can read some predictions for NAB 2018 here.

Cloud MENA begins Monday until Wednesday in Dubai as a single event attracting cloud experts from the MENA region. Professionals will present the cloud challenges the industry is faced with and discuss the future direction.

Company results 

Quantum Corp, the manufacturer of data storage devices and systems, including tape drive and disk-based systems, will release its Q2 2018 earnings on Monday. A drop of 2.22% is anticipated, according to Bloomberg

Canadian telecommunications company, Shaw Communications, which provides telephone, internet, TV and mobile services and fibre optic networks will release its 2018 Q2 earnings on Thursday. 

The American S&P 500 Q2 has begun with strong profits expected. Technology companies, which make up 25% of the list, were up 23% at the close of Q1. Based on the 500 largest capitalisation companies it is no surprise technology firms including Amazon, Apple, Microsoft and Facebook’s earnings are expected to be almost double compared to the rest of the companies.  

Film and TV releases 

Monday ITV’s Season 4 of Plebs will air at 10pm. The series follows the three friends from the suburbs as they try to hold down jobs and climb the social ladder in the big city of Ancient Rome. 

Friday Hollywood action and adventure film Rampage is released. The movie, which stars Dwayne Johnson, Joe Manganiello and Jeffrey Dean Morgan,is about an intelligent gorilla gone rogue. 

On this day

9 April 1860, 17 years before Thomas Edison invented the phonograph, Parisian inventor Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville made a recording on a “phonautograph,” which worked by tracing sound waves onto paper blackened by smoke. On the recording, Scott is heard singing a snippet from the French folk song Au Clair de la Lune.

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