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British Startup is Breaking the Cocoa Supply Chain

Much like Wu-Tang, one new chocolate startup is for the children. Now, a new startup is hoping to break the industry’s dark history of agricultural exploitation by turning to a 21st-century solution. You’ve heard of lab-made meat. Now get ready…

MoviePass Plots a Comeback as Cineworld Files for Bankruptcy

Hollywood’s love of half-baked reboots evidently extends to business ideas. On Monday, MoviePass, the doomed startup that offered to cover the cost of unlimited movie tickets for the monthly subscription price of about one movie ticket, announced it is staging…

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Dr. Seuss Enterprises Eyes Lucrative IP Sale

Movie and television studios crave intellectual property; they want it a lot. For in the world of mass entertainment, recognizable characters and stories are hot, hot, hot. We’ll cut the rhymes before you get annoyed, but this is one story…

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Latest Marvel Movie Kickstarts Summer Blockbuster Season With Massive Debut

It’s the type of comeback story Hollywood simply adores. The big, bad heavy has suffered an unexpected blow (that would be the film-industry-paradigm-destroying Netflix and its dire recent earnings results). Now, an old-school hero — the traditional movie-theater business —…

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Private Equity Firm Providence Wants Out of the Music Catalog Market

After billions worth of headline-grabbing acquisitions, one major player is pressing pause on the love ballad between private equity investors and song catalogs. PE firm Providence Equity is shopping around its Tempo Music Investments catalog for $600 million, the Financial…

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Lebron James’ SpringHill Co. Sells Minority Stake at $725 Million Valuation

Lebron James conquers all. On the court, he’s vanquished contemporary NBA legends like Tim Duncan, Kevin Durant, and Steph Curry. At 36, and still one of the best in the league, James is even dunking on Father Time. And now,…

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Disney Faces Growing Barriers to Chinese Box Office

“A Whole New World” from Aladdin, “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” from Toy Story, “A Part of Your World” from The Little Mermaid — they’re some of Disney’s biggest soundtrack hits, but could also double as descriptions of the…

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Hollywood Crews Eye Strike That Could Halt TV, Film Productions

Just when they thought it was safe to go back into production… One of Hollywood’s major unions — representing 60,000 camera operators, set builders, hair stylists and other essential production workers — will vote today on whether to authorize a…

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Universal Sings $55 Billion Tune in Electric Market Debut

Banks. A revenge-minded hedge fund billionaire. Chinese tech giant Tencent. Amsterdam’s stock exchange. That collection of plucky underdogs were the big winners Tuesday when Universal Music, the world’s largest record label, began trading and immediately posted massive gains. A Business…

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Marvel’s “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” Smashes Labor Day Box Office Records

Another month, another Disney/Marvel Studios superhero movie, and another slate of Hollywood records obliterated. But with a star character carrying a much lower Q-rating — a measure of a celebrity or brand’s familiarity and prestige — than much of Marvel’s…

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Marvel Studios’ ‘Black Widow’ Rakes In $125 Million At The Virtual At-Home Box Office

Nothing screams summer blockbuster like staying home, lounging on the couch, and flicking on your favorite streamer. At least, that’s what Marvel Studios wagered on. In July, the cape-and-spandex-clad crown jewel of Disney intellectual property simultaneously released the Scarlet Johannson-fronted…

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