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Quibi Renews ‘Dishmantled’, Tituss Burgess-Hosted Cooking Competition From ‘Chopped’ Creator

Quibi Renews ‘Dishmantled’, Tituss Burgess-Hosted Cooking Competition From ‘Chopped’ Creator
Exclusive: Quibi has made its first series-renewal announcement. The weeks-old shortform digital outlet has ordered up a second season of Dishmantled, its Tituss Burgess-hosted cooking-competition show from Chopped creator Linda Lea, Good Egg Entertainment and Propagate-owned Electus.

Each episode of Dishmantled starts with the cannon-blasting of a mystery food dish into the faces of two blindfolded chefs. They use their culinary prowess to identify the exploded dish and then race against the clock to re-create it to pocket a cash prize. A panel of celebrity judges determines the winner.

“The first season of Dishmantled was ludicrous,’ Lea said. ‘We had so much fun making this crazy show and can’t wait to get back in the studio with Tituss for another season. It’s going to be a blast.”

Drew Buckley serves as exec producer for Electus

Burgess scored four consecutive Emmy noms from 2015-18 for playing the wacky
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HBO Max App Had 87,000 Mobile Downloads on First Day

HBO Max App Had 87,000 Mobile Downloads on First Day
HBO Max, WarnerMedia’s new linchpin streaming service, was downloaded on mobile devices 87,000 times on its first day, according to data shared by Sensor Tower on Thursday. That figure falls well short of the 300,000 first-day downloads for Quibi, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman’s highly scrutinized new streaming service that launched in early April. Sensor Tower’s data tracked HBO Max’s downloads across both Apple’s App Store and the Google Play app store on Wednesday, its launch day. It’s worth pointing out this does not include downloads from TV streaming devices like Apple TV, where HBO Max will likely see the bulk of its installs. It’s also worth mentioning Sensor Tower’s data did not track active HBO Now subscribers upgrading to HBO Max for no additional charge — another factor that could’ve dented HBO Max’s initial downloads. HBO did not immediately respond to TheWrap
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What Quibi Gets Wrong – and Right – About Small-Screen Streaming

What Quibi Gets Wrong – and Right – About Small-Screen Streaming
It’s been a rough first six weeks for Quibi. The new streaming service, led by founder Jeffrey Katzenberg and CEO Meg Whitman, launched in early April with a who’s who of stars and nearly $2 billion in funding. But the early reviews haven’t been kind to either the app or its bite-sized shows, which tend to run about 5-10 minutes long. TheWrap spoke with a number of early Quibi users and found the app falls short in three key areas: content, technical features and marketing. Overall, it’s a toxic combo for Quibi to overcome. In less than two months, the Los Angeles-based company has already had to weather complaints that subscribers cannot cast shows to their smart TVs, grapple with the fact its content isn’t shareable on social media and backpedal on a cease-and-desist order Quibi sent to a fan-based podcast. “I have checked [Quibi] out, and
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HBO Max and Quibi to headline Marché du Film’s Meet the Streamers event

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HBO Max and Quibi to headline Marché du Film’s Meet the Streamers event
The initiative has been reconfigured for the digital edition of the Marché, running June 22 to 26.

HBO Max and Quibi will headline the second edition of Cannes Marché du Film’s Meet The Streamers event aimed at connecting streaming players with film industry professionals across the production, sales and distribution chain.

Executives from both platforms will give keynotes for the initiative which has been reconfigured for the digital edition of the Marché du Film, running June 22 to 26 to replace the cancelled physical event.

For HBO Max, Sandra Dewey, president of productions and business operations of parent company WarnerMedia Entertainment, will share
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HBO Max, Quibi Set for Keynotes at Cannes Marché du Film’s Meet the Streamers

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HBO Max, Quibi Set for Keynotes at Cannes Marché du Film’s Meet the Streamers
WarnerMedia’s HBO Max and Jeffrey Katzenberg’s Quibi will be highlighted at next month’s Cannes Marché du Film Online’s focus on streaming platforms, as the world’s film industry seeks to get a stronger handle on the possible role of streaming platforms in future movie financing and distribution business models.

HBO Max’s keynote is described as its first international presentation following its May 27 launch.

With ad-supported platforms building as an alternative to subscription-based services and only a minority of art films gaining significant theatrical release outside their country of origin , the Marché’s Meet the Streamers conference strand, now totally online, will also feature Avod service Tubi and arthouse platforms Filmin, from Spain, U.S. service Kino Marquee and Sweden’s Draken Film.

“The previous edition’s takeaways showed us the need to connect the various parts of the industry, tied together by constantly emerging streaming
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HBO Max, Quibi Keynotes Set for Cannes Virtual Film Market

HBO Max, Quibi Keynotes Set for Cannes Virtual Film Market
New streaming platforms HBO Max and Quibi have joined Cannes' virtual film market and will host keynotes at the online-only event, which runs June 22-26.

The Marché du Film Online announced Thursday that the digital platforms will also hold panels and conversations focused on the streaming market in a new section titled "Meet the Streamers."

WarnerMedia's HBO Max launches May 27. Quibi, the shortform streaming service led by Hollywood veteran Jeffrey Katzenberg and former Hewlett Packard CEO Meg Whitman, had a soft launch in April.

Sandra Dewey, president of productions and business operations for WarnerMedia Entertainment, will ...
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Jeffrey Katzenberg’s Quibi Cries “Shakedown” As Bossman Named As Defendant & New Claims Added In TurnStyle Tech Dispute

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Jeffrey Katzenberg’s Quibi Cries “Shakedown” As Bossman Named As Defendant & New Claims Added In TurnStyle Tech Dispute
Exclusive, Updated, 11:15 Am: Jeffrey Katzenberg has always loved a good scrap, and the Quibi kingpin came out swinging Tuesday after being officially named a defendant in the ongoing and competing lawsuits over the mobile platform’s Turnstyle technology.

“With its amended complaint, Eko’s desperation and the weakness of their case are more transparent than ever,” said a spokesperson for the Meg Whitman-run Quibi to Deadline this morning, after we broke that Katzenberg and several Quibi staffers had been added to the Eko’s suit alleging patent infringement and now breach of contract.

“No new facts are alleged and it seems designed only to try to score more publicity,” Quibi went on to say, with an always present eye to media perspectives and coverage.

“Eko can revise, recut and redo their tortured arguments all they want, but the shakedown won’t work,” the statement punches. “Our patented Turnstyle feature,
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Arturo Castro’s ‘Alternatino’ Leaves Comedy Central for Quibi

Arturo Castro’s ‘Alternatino’ Leaves Comedy Central for Quibi
Arturo Castro’s sketch comedy series “Alternatino” will move from Comedy Central to Quibi for its second season.

The series, which sees Castro play more than 40 different characters, debuted on Comedy Central last summer.

Quibi already has short-form reboots of other ViacomCBS properties like “Punk’d,” “Singled Out” and “Reno 911.”

Also Read: Jeffrey Katzenberg Blames Quibi's Lackluster Launch on Coronavirus

Castro is creator, executive producer and writer of the series. Avalon’s David Martin, Jon Thoday, Richard Allen-Turner and Sam Saifer are executive producers alongside Jay Martel and Ted Tremper. Ari Pearce and Manny Jaquez are the executives in charge for Comedy Central Productions. The series is produced by Comedy Central Productions.

Since it was released a little over a month ago, Quibi has only hit 2.9 million downloads, according to app analysis firm Sensor Tower (though co-founder Meg Whitman told TheWrap it’s closer to 3.5 million). However, co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg is
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Quibi CEO Meg Whitman Calls Launch “Slightly Below” Par, But Reopening Of U.S. A Boost: “We Haven’t Throttled Back”

Quibi CEO Meg Whitman Calls Launch “Slightly Below” Par, But Reopening Of U.S. A Boost: “We Haven’t Throttled Back”
Exclusive: Quibi CEO Meg Whitman concedes that the early run of the mobile-first streaming service has come in “slightly below expectations,” due in large part to the paralyzing effects of Covid-19.

In an interview with Deadline, though, Whitman described the streaming service’s initial performance as “solid,” adding that North America’s gradual emergence from lockdown gives her reason for optimism.

“We were designed for a different use case, no question about it,” Whitman said Monday evening, acknowledging that the notion of an on-the-go, short-form video experience is far less viable when most of us never go anywhere. “But we’re pretty pleased about where we are.” Plus, she added, “As the country begins to open, that will be helpful to the use case.”

Whitman’s upbeat comments came a few hours after Jeffrey Katzenberg, managing partner of Quibi parent WndrCo, told the New York Times that he blames “everything
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Jeffrey Katzenberg Blames Quibi’s Lackluster Launch on Coronavirus

Jeffrey Katzenberg Blames Quibi’s Lackluster Launch on Coronavirus
Quibi co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg is unsatisfied with the streaming app’s debut figures and is blaming its underwhelming performance on the coronavirus pandemic.

“I attribute everything that has gone wrong to coronavirus. Everything. But we own it,” Katzenberg told the New York Times Monday, implying he regretted the streamer’s decision not to postpone its April 6 launch.

“If we knew on March 1, which is when we had to make the call, what we know today, you would say that is not a good idea,” Katzenberg said of Quibi’s launch. “The answer is, it’s regrettable, but we are making enough gold out of hay here that I don’t regret it.”

Since it was released a little over a month ago, Quibi has only hit 2.9 million downloads, according to app analysis firm Sensor Tower. That figure includes users who signed up for the 90-day free trial. According to CEO Meg Whitman,
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Quibi & Eko Remotely Brawl Over Turnstyle Technology & “Severe” Harm In Court Hearing For Preliminary Injunction

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Quibi & Eko Remotely Brawl Over Turnstyle Technology & “Severe” Harm In Court Hearing For Preliminary Injunction
Jeffrey Katzenberg’s Quibi went very close to the mattresses today in federal court in its ongoing rumpus with the now Elliott Management-backed interactive-video company over motion flipping technology.

“This is a case built on circumstantial evidence,” Quibi’s top outside counsel Michael Jacob proclaimed in a telephone hearing Thursday addressing the Jbf Interlude 2009 Ltd controlled company’s motion for a preliminary injunction against the April 6-launched A-lister packed mobile streamer.

“It’s just statements that he might have, could have,” the Morrison and Foerster Llp lawyer asserted of the role of one-time Snap (Aka Snapchat) employee Clifton Smith, who subsequently moved over to the Meg Whitman-run outlet.

Kicked off with a preemptive March 9 complaint for declaratory judgment by Quibi itself, Eko’s subsequent swirl of alleged tech sticky fingers and the suppose “irreparable harm” that Smith and fellow ex-Snapper Joseph Burfitt, brought to the matter, as
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Quibi Posts Select Episodes Free On YouTube

Quibi Posts Select Episodes Free On YouTube
Quibi, the well-funded streaming startup launched in April and led by Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman, has posted select episodes for free viewing on YouTube.

The move is the latest by the mobile-focused service to adapt to the market conditions at launch, which are not what anyone expected. The company has offered a 90-day free trial and also has ramped up efforts to create a way for some users to stream programming via their connected TV for a more lean-back experience suited to the Covid-19 moment. Quibi had initially been purely focused on mobile, with its short-form episodes (aka “quick bites”) appealing to young, on-the-go viewers. During the pandemic shutdowns, few people have been “on the go” anywhere.

With Friday being the final day customers can sign up for the free 90-day trial, Quibi posted the episodes of Most Dangerous Game, The Stranger and Dummy as a way of enticing new users.
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Quibi Adds ‘Hello America,’ A Satirical News Show With Comic Nish Kumar

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Quibi Adds ‘Hello America,’ A Satirical News Show With Comic Nish Kumar
Looks like Quibi subscribers will be getting some of their news from comedian Nish Kumar.

Hello America is a new comedy series featuring the comedian and formatted as a typical morning news show. Broadcasting from London, Kumar and a rotating cast of correspondents will satirically dissect U.S. news and politics from a global perspective.

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No premiere date was announced.

Nish Kumar is a rising comedian in the U.K. He has appeared on British entertainment shows such as Have I Got News For You and Mock The Week as well as Comedy Central’s Joel & Nish vs The World and Netflix’s Comedians Of The World.

He is best known for
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Quibi’s Top Marketing Executive Megan Imbres Exits Two Weeks After Launch

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Megan Imbres, the head of brand and content marketing at Quibi, is leaving several weeks after the short-form streaming service launched.

Imbres announced her departure in an email to employees on Wednesday, calling the post-lauch period an “opportune time to transition,” according to The Wall Street Journal, which first reported the move.

Imbres, who was previously at Netflix, oversaw creative development for Quibi’s marketing, reporting to CEO Meg Whitman.

“Megan played an important leadership role in the development of Quibi’s unique brand,” Quibi said in a statement. “She helped build an all-star content and brand marketing team that is well-equipped to transition Quibi from prelaunch to launch. We
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Quibi’s Brand and Content Marketing Exec Resigns Two Weeks After App Launch

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Quibi’s Brand and Content Marketing Exec Resigns Two Weeks After App Launch
Another top executive at Quibi has left the fledgling streamer: Megan Imbres, head of brand and content marketing, is leaving the company after a year in the role, Variety has confirmed.

Imbres, whose exit comes two weeks after Quibi’s April 6 launch, oversaw creative development for all of the short-form streaming service’s brand and content marketing executions, including its Super Bowl Liv ad. Prior to joining the company in April 2019, she spent six years at Netflix in various marketing positions.

In a memo to staff Wednesday, Imbres said she felt it was an “opportune time” to depart now that Quibi had launched, a source tells Variety.

“Now that we are on the other side of launch, I’ve made the very hard decision to leave Quibi,” Imbres wrote in the email. “It feels like an opportune time of transition where I can take some time to identify my next challenge.
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Quibi Brand and Content Marketing Chief Megan Imbres Steps Down 2 Weeks After Launch

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Quibi Brand and Content Marketing Chief Megan Imbres Steps Down 2 Weeks After Launch
Megan Imbres, head of brand and content marketing at Quibi, is departing the company, TheWrap has confirmed. The move comes just over two weeks after the streaming service’s early April launch.

“Megan played an important leadership role in the development of Quibi’s unique brand,” a Quibi spokesperson said in a statement provided to TheWrap. “She helped build an all-star brand and content marketing team that is well-equipped to transition Quibi from pre-launch to launch. We wish her all the best in her next endeavor.”

Imbres notifed staff at Quibi of her departure in an email Wednesday night, telling them that the period following the streaming service’s launch is an “opportune time to transition,” according to the Wall Street Journal, which first reported the news.

Also Read: Quibi Leaps to 2.7 Million Downloads In First 2 Weeks

The news comes just hours after it was announced that the streaming service,
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Quibi’s Head of Brand Marketing Megan Imbres Exits

Quibi’s Head of Brand Marketing Megan Imbres Exits
Megan Imbres, Quibi's head of brand and content marketing, is leaving the company a few weeks after the shortform video streaming service launched. 

The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Imbres sent an email to employees regarding her departure on Wednesday. In the email, Imbres said now that Quibi had launched she felt like it was "an opportune time of transition where I can take some time to identify my next challenge." Her note also thanked founder Jeffrey Katzenberg and CEO Meg Whitman

The Wall Street Journal was first to report the news. 

A former marketing ...
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Quibi Leaps to 2.7 Million Downloads in First 2 Weeks

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Quibi Leaps to 2.7 Million Downloads in First 2 Weeks
Quibi has been downloaded more than 2.7 million times since its April 6, the mobile streaming service revealed on Wednesday. The streaming service, which launched on April 6, pulled in 1.7 million in its first week. It added an additional 1 million in its second. Quibi founders Meg Whitman and Jeffrey Katzenberg had previously said they would shy away from releasing any kind of subscriber information. The new service is offering a free 90-day trial for people who sign up this month. Afterward, it will cost $4.99 per month for ad-supported streaming and $7.99 per month for ad-free streaming. Quibi also revealed that it’s five most-watched shows are “Most Dangerous Game,” “Chrissy’s Court,” “Flipped,” “Punk’d” and “Survive.” Katzenberg added in an interview with Reuters that some users would have the ability to cast the mobile content onto their connected TV sets as early as next month. Some users had complained that they could only watch the content on their phones.
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Quibi to Add TV-Casting Feature Next Month, Claims to Hit 2.7 Million App Downloads

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Quibi to Add TV-Casting Feature Next Month, Claims to Hit 2.7 Million App Downloads
Quibi, which launched two weeks ago as a mobile-only video streaming app for on-the-go viewing, said it plans to add the ability to “cast” content to compatible TVs next month.

The company, led by founder Jeffrey Katzenberg and CEO Meg Whitman, also announced that its app has been downloaded more than 2.7 million times in the first two weeks. In the first week, according to the company, it hit 1.7 million downloads.

According to analytics company Sensor Tower, Quibi has around 2.3 million downloads to date. The Quibi figure “seems reasonable assuming they are counting all possible installs,” said Sensor Tower head of mobile insights Randy Nelson, which may include re-downloads; installs on multiple devices per Apple or Google account; or iPad downloads of the iPhone-only app.

Meanwhile, it’s worth noting that downloads do not equate to active users, as some of those who downloaded the Quibi app have likely watched very little of the quick-bite content.
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Quibi’s Mobile Streaming App Tumbles Down Apple Store Charts

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Quibi’s Mobile Streaming App Tumbles Down Apple Store Charts
Roughly a week after its much-hyped debut, mobile streaming app Quibi dropped out of the top 50 downloaded free apps on the Apple App Store. At the time of its April 6 launch, Quibi peaked at third in downloads but only for a brief instant — it soon slipped out of the top 50. The app currently ranks 59, up slightly from 70 earlier on Friday, which was first reported by The Information. The iPhone app store ranks the top 200 free and paid applications by global downloads daily. The streaming service founded by Jeffrey Katzenberg and led by Chief Executive Meg Whitman pitched itself as a unique, mobile-only home for short-form “quick bites” of content that are under 10 minutes long. The app also touts its ability able to seamlessly shift between horizontal and vertical phone views, thanks to a proprietary technology Whitman calls “Turnstyle.” Also Read: The Pros and Cons of Peacock's Pandemic Launch | Podcast Whitman
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