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Recent articles by Sarah:

Hasbro slams activist investor's proposed board directors as proxy battle heats up

Hasbro is going on the offensive against an activist investor wants to add new members to the company's board and spin off its lucrative Wizards of the Coast. → Read More

Netflix lays off 150 employees as the streaming service contends with big subscriber losses

Netflix is laying off around 150 employees across the company, CNBC confirmed Tuesday. → Read More

Auction of Judy Garland 'Wizard of Oz' dress in jeopardy as judge sets hearing on ownership lawsuit

A Wisconsin woman is suing Bonham's auction house and The Catholic University of America over the dress, which was worn by Judy Garland in "The Wizard of Oz." → Read More

Disney reports strong streaming subscriber numbers, warns of Covid impact on parks in Asia

Shares of Disney rose Wednesday after the company reported stronger-than-expected growth in streaming subscribers across all of its media platforms. → Read More

AMC shares rise after results outpace Wall Street expectations

AMC Entertainment posted a narrower-than-expected loss during the first quarter. → Read More

'Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness' snares $185 million in domestic debut

Disney's latest flick "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness" snared $185 million domestically over the weekend, the top haul of any movie released in 2022. → Read More

Disney investors are focused on streaming, but don't forget about theme parks

In a little over a year, Disney's theme parks have rebounded from massive pandemic-related operating losses. → Read More

Bob Iger, eBay, sports agent Rich Paul, Chernin Group team up to buy 25% stake in toy maker Funko

A consortium including ex-Disney CEO Bob Iger, sports agent Rich Paul, eBay and the Chernin Group are taking a 25% stake in toy maker Funko. → Read More

Dead priest's niece sues Catholic University, auction house to block sale of Judy Garland 'Wizard of Oz' dress

The niece of a long-dead priest is suing to block the sale of one of Judy Garland's iconic "Wizard of Oz" frocks that was missing for decades. → Read More

'We do crazy stuff': How cinemas are going beyond studio marketing to lure moviegoers back

Movie theater exhibitors are no longer going to rely solely on studios to drive consumers to theaters. → Read More

Bill Murray reflects on inappropriate behavior that led to the shutdown of his latest film

Bill Murray is still reflecting on his inappropriate behavior, which led to a production shutdown on the Searchlight Pictures' film "Being Mortal" last week. → Read More

Meet Sox, the breakout star of Disney's 'Lightyear' — and the next hot toy

The biggest buzz from Disney's and Pixar's "Lightyear" is for Sox, a robotic cat that is poised to take the toy industry by storm. → Read More

Same-day theatrical and streaming releases are dead as a business model, movie theater group CEO says

CinemaCon kicked off Tuesday with NATO's president and CEO John Fithian declaring the death of day-and-date theatrical and streaming releases. → Read More

Movie theater owners are optimistic ticket sales can continue to recover as the key summer season approaches

Cinema owners tell CNBC they are hopeful that movie ticket sales will continue to pick up in the coming weeks. CinemaCon begins next week. → Read More

Florida Gov. DeSantis signs bill revoking Disney's special district status

Sunsetting the Reedy Creek Improvement District means that local counties will likely be left to foot the bill for potholes and emergency services at Disney World. → Read More

Florida Republicans vote to dissolve Disney's special district, eliminating privileges and setting up a legal battle

Dissolving the district would mean Reedy Creek employees and infrastructure would be absorbed by the local counties. → Read More

Netflix is exploring lower-priced, ad-supported plans after years of resisting

Hastings has long been opposed to adding commercials or other promotions to the platform but said Tuesday that it "makes a lot of sense." → Read More

Netflix shares crater 24% after company reports it lost subscribers for the first time in more than 10 years

It's the first time the streamer has reported a subscriber loss in more than a decade. → Read More

Will Smith banned from attending the Oscars for 10 years after slapping Chris Rock on stage

Will Smith will not be permitted to attend the Academy Awards for 10 years after slapping Chris Rock during the 94th annual ceremony last month. → Read More

‘Dancing with the Stars’ moves to Disney+ as company looks to boost streaming subscriptions

Disney, which is looking to boost its streaming subscription numbers, is moving "Dancing with the Stars" from ABC to Disney+. → Read More