AXW Weekly Update

July 20, 2018 | Vol. LIII

BUSINESS

Marriott Hotels is hopping on the Starbucks bandwagon and removing plastic straws

The world’s largest hotel company says that they plan to eliminate approximately 1 billion straws and 250 million stirrers by July 2019. This has sparked inspiration to Hilton Hotels and Hyatt Hotels Corp. as well, for the purpose of a cleaner environment. (Read More)

 

The Washington Post is starting a channel on Amazon’s Twitch

The Washington Post is looking to Twitch’s live streaming gamers of all places to reach new video audiences, with a new channel starting this week. The channel will kick off with two shows. One is live news coverage hosted by video reporter Libby Casey, starting July 16 with a livestream covering President Trump’s meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin, with the frequency to be determined by the news cycle. (Read More)

 

ENTERTAINMENT

‘Rugrats’ returns with Nickelodeon series revival and Paramount movie

Viacom’s Nickelodeon and Paramount Pictures have set a revival of the iconic kids series Rugrats with a 26-episode order from Nickelodeon and a live-action film featuring CGI characters from Paramount Players. (Read More)

 

SPORTS

Minnesota Vikings win ESPY for Best Moment

Stefon Diggs’ winning touchdown in the Viking’s divisional round playoff game with 10 seconds left against the New Orlean Saints was a miracle play that secured the ESPY for Best Moment.  (Read More)

 

The Players’ Tribune makes deal with Amazon Prime Video

Derek Jeter’s The Players’ Tribune is collaborating with Amazon Prime Video to support the launch of of an upcoming series Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan. The partnership is important for TPT as it seeks out new revenue streams and opportunities to tap into its exhaustive database of athlete contributors. (Read More)

 

MLB Partners with Amazon Web Services

MLB re-upped its partnership with Amazon Web Services on Tuesday. It will continue using machine learning and artificial intelligence to gather data and provide more information to fans. But perhaps more intriguing is the plan to use Amazon’s technology — specifically Amazon SageMaker — to predict pitches by analyzing the pitcher, batter, catcher, and situation. (Read More)

 

TECHNOLOGY

AMC Theatres Teams With Facebook for Movie Ticket Purchases

Facebook recently launched a new ticketing platform that allows users to search movies by location and showtime. Once a movie and showtime is selected, users have the option to choose the AMC ticketing platform, and are redirected to the AMC Theatres page to finish their transaction. (Read More)