Your guide to what’s happening this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.
In the news
The Premier League has two TV packages still up for grabs after Sky won four packages against BT Sport’s one. The Premier League said the remaining packages are still to be sold, with interest from multiple buyers. Whilst not confirmed, it remains possible that the packages could be sold this week to Amazon while further interest is being discussed with BT Sport, according to reports.
In the US, Dish Network Corp, which provides pay-TV services, will announce its Q4 2017 results on Wednesday. The company reported revenue totaling $3.58 billion for third quarter of 2017. Streaming player manufacturer Roku will also release its Q4 2017 results on Wednesday.
Echostar, the global provider of satellite communication solutions, will reveal its latest quarterly figures on Thursday. And US-based film theatre chain Cinemark, which operates 5,957 screens in the US and Latin America, will deliver its Q4 and full-year 2017 figures on Friday.
In France, media holding firm Metropole Television, which operates free-to-air and pay-TV channels, such as M6, W9 and Paris Première, will deliver its full-year 2017 results on Tuesday.
Content creation, distribution and consumption firm Technicolor will produce its full year 2017 results on Wednesday. According to the Paris-headquartered firm, its previous set of quarterly results demonstrated ”revenue growth driven by the continued demand for premium content across the different market segments. Animation and Games activities grew at record levels, while Visual Effects (“VFX”) for film performed well on the back of a strong order book”.
And Bouygues, the telecoms, media and construction group which includes the TF1 group of channels, will produce its full year 2017 results on Thursday.
The gathering of top industry engineering, technical and creative professionals will assemble at the HPA Tech retreat in Palm Spring California from 19-23 February. The retreat will have a strategic business focus on technology, including digital cinema, post-production, film, television, video and related technologies.
The Royal Television Society is hosting a Sale or Scale event on Thursday 22 at 6.30pm. The panel discussion will have experts exploring the implications of the proposed sale of 21st Century Fox to Disney, which has caught the headlines recently, and the growing dominance of global technology companies.
Film and TV releases
After two weeks of action from PyeongChang, the 23rd Winter Olympics concludes at the end of this week. Athletes from over 90 countries participated in the Games and the closing ceremony will air around the world on Sunday.
Netflix global original TV series Seven Seconds will premiere on Friday 23 February. The anthological crime thriller has 10 episodes from creator Veena Sud, known for the hit series The Killing.
Hitting theatres Friday is Annihilation, the latest feature film by producer Alex Garland, known for 28 Days Later and Never Let Me Go. The science-fiction thriller stars Natalie Portman and Benedict Wong and has stirred debate on social media during post-production for its casting choices and editing changes.
On this day
In 1947, 21 February the first broadcast of TV soap opera A Women to Remember aired in the US. And in 1951 on the 22 Februar, the 4th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS) awarded the Best Film to 20th Century Fox’s All About Eve starring Bette Davis.