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Pandora Gets Even More Personal With Its Service

IN THE FACE of stiff competition in a crowded music streaming landscape, Pandora Media Inc. is fighting for listening time.
 The internet-radio company, popular for its free personalized music stations, has struggled as users have migrated to services like Spotify AB and Apple Music that allow listeners to play individual songs on demand. And ad dollars have followed.

Hello, Sports Fans, This Is Not for You

There's now a way to get about three dozen entertainment- oriented cable channels for $16 a month, so long as you can live without access to the big game.
 The online-TV service Philo launched Tuesday with a bundle of 37 channels, including Comedy Central, TLC, Food Network, AMC and A&E. It is the newest player in a sea of streaming offerings ranging from “skinny bundles” of channels to access to individual networks.

A Show Redefines the TV Hero

FEW TV LOVERS would associate broadcast networks with innovation in 2017. But ABC's “The Good Doctor” is the latest proof that the old networks still can conjure a new drama that resonates with viewers, just like HBO and Netflix do, every so often.
 “The Good Doctor” is the only runaway hit among the 13 dramas the big over-air broadcasters have unveiled this fall. Now the industry is analyzing what made it click when so many others have failed to take off.

The Disney Empire Plans to Strike Back

IN A MOVE that rivals Darth Vader's misdeeds for sheer ruthlessness, Disney is forcing movie theaters to agree to a list of draconian terms if they wish to screen “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”
 The Journal reported last week that besides taking in 65% of the revenue from U.S. ticket sales, Disney insists that theaters show the film in their largest auditorium for at least four weeks, even if the theaters end up empty by the end of the film's run. Theaters that violate any part of the agreement must fork over another 5% of the take.

Disney Details Streaming Initiative

Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Robert Iger disclosed new details on coming streaming services and the Star Wars film franchise as the company reported declines in three of its four core businesses for its latest quarter.
 Mr. Iger wouldn't comment on recent reports that Disney pursued an acquisition of 21st Century Fox Inc.'s entertainment assets during a conference call with analysts on Thursday.

Why Hollywood Forgave Mel Gibson

LAST SUNDAY, a little more than 11 years after the obituary for his career was written, Mel Gibson stepped out of a black SUV to a crowd of fans screaming his name. Once persona non grata in Hollywood for making anti-Semitic, racist and misogynistic remarks, Mr. Gibson walked the red carpet for his first starring role in a major studio movie in 15 years with “Daddy's Home 2,” Paramount Pictures' sequel to the family-friendly 2015 hit. It opens Friday.

Disney Approached Fox For Entertainment Assets

Walt Disney Co. recently held talks to purchase a large chunk of 21st Century Fox's entertainment businesses, people close to the discussions said, signaling that Disney is serious about bolstering its laggard TV operations and that media mogul Rupert Murdoch is open to a surprising restructuring of his empire.

Disney's TV Plan in Focus

Investors' biggest question about the future of Walt Disney Co. continues to be whether and how it will turn around its struggling television business.
 Chief Executive Robert Iger's answer, new streaming services aimed directly at consumers, will likely be a primary focus of the company's earnings report Thursday.