• The trend certainly was accelerated by the pandemic, but the number of Academy Award nominations garnered yesterday by streaming services - which, by their very nature, are challenging business orthodoxies practiced for years by those in the entertainment industry - spoke volumes about disruption.
Netflix received 35 nominations for 16 different films, including two Best Picture candidates … Amazon got 12 nominations overall, including one for Best Picture … and even Apple, which only got into the business recently, scored a best Animated Film nomination for Wolfwalkers.
• Variety reports that Anheuser-Busch "plans to launch its own sports-talk show because consumers are growing wary of the commercials that have helped it capture so much attention over the decades.
"Anheuser-Busch and Panay Films will launch 'Not A Sports Show,' a six-episode series that features host and comedian Lil Rel Howery chatting with athletes like former Boston Celtics star Paul Pierce, snowboarder Shaun White and Los Angeles Sparks WNBA player Chiney Ogwumike. The program can be watched via Ficto, a free streaming-video service. The show will not be interrupted with beer ads, but the host and his guests hash things out at a bar filled with dozens of A-B beverages, and even drink some of them as their conversations progress. New episodes of the show, produced with Stampede Entertainment, are slated to debut Thursdays in April."