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TikTok needs Taylor Swift more than Taylor Swift needs TikTok

simonowens.substack.com Image licensed from Getty Images Welcome! I'm Simon Owens and this is my media industry newsletter. If you've received it, then you either subscribed or someone forwarded it…

What survey data reveal about antisemitism in America

economist.com “Jewish communities have been pushing the exact kind of dialectical hatred against whites that they claim to want people to stop using against them,” a man wrote on X,…

Warner Bros. Discovery’s Good News Couldn’t Obscure the Warning Signs in Q4 Results

variety.com David Zaslav came to market Friday morning with a fourth-quarter earnings report that delivered enviable free cash flow and put another sizable dent in Warner Bros.…

Forget DeSantis, Disney plans to take down Universal’s new park

thestreet.com Universal Studios wants your family vacation. The company has not been shy in sharing that its upcoming theme park, Epic Universe, will make it a true rival to Disney World.…

Media, Entertainment Advertisers Invested $1B On TikTok In Q4

mediapost.com Advertisers in the media and entertainment sector invested over $1 billion on TikTok in Q4 2023, according to new data from ad-sales intelligence platform MediaRadar. The…

Warner Bros Discovery Pulled Off An Impressive Turnaround In The Streaming Arena

benzinga.com When it comes to streaming, Warner Bros Discovery Inc WBD reached profitability before its legacy media rivals such as The Walt Disney Corporation DIS, Comcast Corporation…

Woodshop has been disappearing from California schools for decades. Here’s why one Bay Area teacher is bringing it back

siliconvalley.com PLEASANT HILL — Dust replaced sawdust in the eight years that Valley View Middle School’s woodshop sat dormant. After a search to replace a retiring instructor proved…

Warner Bros. Discovery misses estimates for revenue and profit but boosts free cash flow

cnbc.com The exterior of the Warner Bros. Discovery Atlanta campus is pictured after the Writers Guild of America began their strike against the Alliance of Motion Pictures and…

Sky Content Chief Touts Collaboration With NBCUniversal, “Increased” Global Demand for Larger Shows

hollywoodreporter.com Sky U.K., part of Comcast-owned European media and technology giant Sky, touted its programming slate for the year at its annual “Up Next” event at Protein Studios in…

Sky Content Chief Touts Collaboration With NBCU, “Increased” Global Demand for Sky’s Larger Shows

hollywoodreporter.com Sky U.K., part of Comcast-owned European media and technology giant Sky, touted its programming slate for the year at its annual “Up Next” event at Protein Studios in…

Traditional media outlets are under-monetizing their YouTube channels

simonowens.substack.com Welcome! I'm Simon Owens and this is my media industry newsletter. If you've received it, then you either subscribed or someone forwarded it to you. If you fit into the…

AI-darling Nvidia's earnings could boost its sway over U.S. stock market

aol.com No single stock has embodied the U.S. market’s artificial intelligence fervor as much as Nvidia Corp, leaving Wall Street tied to the fluctuations of its volatile shares.…

GRAPHIC: Nvidia’s growing sway over U.S. stock market

finance.yahoo.com No single stock has embodied the U.S. market’s artificial intelligence fervor as much as Nvidia Corp, leaving Wall Street tied to the fluctuations of its volatile shares.…

Amazon will pay $120 million for single NFL playoff game during 2024-25 season: report

thedesk.net (Stock image via Pixabay, Graphic by The Desk) Amazon is prepared to pay the National Football League (NFL) a record $120 million to be the exclusive streaming home of a…

Media layoffs: Google, Paramount, Disney, and others commit to job cuts in 2024

aol.com The media and entertainment industry's reckoning will continue in 2024 with more layoffs as rising costs and debt-ridden balance sheets continue to weigh on the embattled…

Apple Launches Free, Customizable iPhone App for Sports Fans

pymnts.com Apple has launched a free iPhone app for sports fans. The new Apple Sports provides access to real-time scores, stats, and other information about teams and leagues, the…

Jeff Gaspin Joins Netflix in Key Unscripted Post

hollywoodreporter.com Netflix has added former NBC Universal Television Entertainment chief Jeff Gaspin to its executive team. Gaspin will be vp unscripted series at the streamer, charged with…

Netflix Hires Jeff Gaspin As VP Unscripted Series In Coup For Streamer

deadline.com Netflix has found its new unscripted chief. The streamer has hired Jeff Gaspin as Vice President, Unscripted Series, a big coup for Netflix, which has been searching for a…

Comcast, Paramount Global In Talks Over U.S. Streamer Operations Deal: Report

mediapost.com Amid a slew of reports about legacy media companies merging or selling their streamers in a bundle, Comcast Corp. and Paramount Global are now in early talks about combining…

Walmart Takes on Roku With $2.3B Deal to Buy TV Maker Vizio

hollywoodreporter.com In a major move into the connected TV space, the retail giant Walmart is acquiring the smart TV maker Vizio in a deal that values the company at $2.3 billion. Walmart said…

Poll: Most Americans don’t want streaming services regulated like cable

thedesk.net An Apple TV remote control. (Photo by Kelly Sikkema via Unsplash) The majority of Americans on both sides of the political aisle are opposed to imposing cable-style…

Spice Girl Mel B to Narrate Animated Sky Kids Show ‘Happy Town’

hollywoodreporter.com Mel B, one of the Spice Girls and a former host on America’s Got Talent, will narrate her first TV series. Sky Kids said Tuesday that the Scary Spice will be the narrator of…

Ampere: Disney stands to win as streamers rush to license content

thedesk.net The home screen of the Walt Disney Company’s flagship streaming television service, Disney Plus. (Image courtesy the Walt Disney Company, Graphic by The Desk) After several…

The Sports Bundle Holy Wars Have Begun

puck.news Less than two weeks since Disney, Warner Bros. Discovery, and Fox launched their own hastily conceived, prematurely announced, and semi-hostile sports streamer—henceforth…

Taylor Swift helps generate interest in Super Bowl LVIII on Sky Sports

thedesk.net Allegiant Stadium, the home of the Las Vegas Raiders football team and the host of Super Bowl LVIII in 2024. (Photo by Matthew Keys for The Desk) The Super Bowl match-up…

SkyShowtime CEO on “Megahit” ‘Yellowstone,’ Ad Plan and How the Rules of TV “Still Apply”

hollywoodreporter.com European streamer SkyShowtime just unveiled the addition of an advertising tier in late April. The Standard with Ads plan will roll out across all of the more than 20…

Report: Paramount, Comcast have discussed combining streaming services

nbcsports.com TV viewership has evolved from cable to steaming and, potentially, back to something that will look a lot like cable. And it could impact the manner in which the NFL does…

Donald Trump’s populism is turning off corporate donors

economist.com “GO WOKE, GO broke,” intone Republicans fed up with socially aware American firms. But it is the politicians who are paying for their own ideological zeal. In 2000 and 2004…

Sky Showtime to launch ad-supported tier

thedesk.net The West London office of Comcast and Paramount Global’s joint venture Sky Showtime. (Image via LinkedIn, Graphic by the Desk) Following in the footsteps of other streaming…

Internet bills to increase for millions of Americans

newsweek.com Internet service fees are set to rise for 23 million American households after the Biden administration's request for the continued funding of the Affordable Connectivity…

Paramount Global has held recent talks with Comcast about joining forces in streaming through a partnership or joint venture, said people familiar with the…

wsj.com Paramount Global has held recent talks with Comcast about joining forces in streaming through a partnership or joint venture, said people familiar with the situation.

Today in "Reinventing Cable": Paramount+ and Peacock in talks for joint venture

avclub.com For some time now, we’ve been tracking how long it would take the streaming giants to become regular old TV again. It’s already started to happen: adding ad tiers, windowing…

Where Paramount Made Cuts In Its Latest Round of Layoffs

observer.com Paramount Global’s latest round of layoffs included the entire staff of Nickelodeon’s subscription-based streaming platform Noggin, the trade publication Kidscreen reported…

The Crypto Startup Slump on Bankless

bankless.com 2023 may have been a massive year of recovery for the crypto space, but you wouldn't know by looking at the startup investment landscape. Less than was invested in Q3 2023,…

Why Is Paramount Global Stock Trading Lower Today?

benzinga.com Paramount Global PARA is reportedly in talks with Comcast Corporation CMCSA regarding a potential collaboration in the streaming space. Paramount’s flagship service features…

Comcast, Paramount Global Held Early Talks About a Peacock-Paramount+ Combination

variety.com Could Paramount+ and NBCUniversal’s Peacock join forces to take on the streaming sector’s bigger guns? Maybe — but while Paramount Global and Comcast, NBCU’s parent,…

Paramount, Comcast hold talks about streaming joint venture, report says

thedesk.net The Roku Channel offers subscriptions to numerous third-party services, including Paramount Plus. (Graphic by The Desk) Paramount Global and Comcast recently discussed…

Comcast, Paramount In Talks to Combine Streaming Services

thewrap.com Paramount Global and Comcast are talking about a tie-up. The two entertainment conglomerates are in talks that could lead to a joint venture or partnership in streaming, the…

Paramount and Comcast are reportedly considering a streaming partnership

theverge.com Both Paramount Plus and Peacock have been working hard to court subscribers in order to further solidify their respective statuses as lasting players in the streaming space,…

Pay TV distributors may be planning their attack against new sports joint venture

cnbc.com It's been about a week since Disney , Warner Bros. Discovery and Fox announced a new joint venture to offer live sports outside the traditional cable bundle, and pay TV…

European Streamer SkyShowtime to Launch Ad Tier (Exclusive)

hollywoodreporter.com SkyShowtime, the European streaming joint venture of Comcast and Paramount Global, will introduce an advertising-supported tier in April. The new Standard with Ads plan will…

Nexstar, Mission appeal $150,000 FCC fine over negotiations with Comcast concerning WPIX-TV

thedesk.net A suite in this Wichita Falls, Texas strip mall is listed as the corporate headquarters for Mission Broadcasting, the owner of 29 television stations that are controlled by…

Reality TV Is Peacock’s Secret Weapon in the Streaming Wars

thewrap.com As Comcast enters 2024, it is riding a wave of strong momentum in its streaming and studio operations, yet it faces crucial strategic decisions regarding the future of…

Peacock is exclusively streaming another historic sports moment

thestreet.com On Jan. 13, Peacock aired the first-ever NFL game that was exclusive to streaming, and fans weren't happy. Despite the backlash, the NFL game wasn't the first exclusively…

Omdia: South African streaming company Showmax had 2.1M subscribers in Africa at the end of November 2023, ahead of Netflix's 1.8M and Amazon Prime Video's 300K

restofworld.org An eight-year-old South African streaming company has zoomed past Netflix to become Africa’s favorite. Showmax — which was spun out of Africa’s largest entertainment…

Fox-ESPN-WBD sports service could be called Hulu Sports

thedesk.net Executives at Fox, ESPN and TNT Sports are leaning toward the name Hulu Sports for a new sports-inclusive streaming service launching later this year. (Conceptual graphic…

Suddenly, there's real competition for broadband internet

businessinsider.com Spectrum advertised its broadband service during this year's Super Bowl. That must mean it sees T-Mobile and other competitors as a real threat. SOPA Images/Getty Images…

‘We’ll Be the Fries for Anybody’s Happy Meal’: AMC Networks CEO Kristin Dolan on Adapting Cable Channels for the Streaming Era

variety.com AMC Networks CEO Kristin Dolan grew up in the cable TV business. She was a senior executive at Cablevision when that company was at the peak of its power as a cable operator…

Niles: Disney and Universal extend their fight beyond the parks

siliconvalley.com Disney and Universal again both have reported record revenue for their theme parks this quarter. Both companies have announced ambitious plans for expanding their parks…

Fox-ESPN-WBD sports service could cost $50 per month

thedesk.net Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, the home turf for the San Francisco 49ers. (Photo by Jim Bahn via Wikimedia Commons) A consortium of broadcasters who are…

NBC Universal Parent Comcast Showcases Tech Chops With Help From Kenan Thompson, Seth Meyers At Philly Event

deadline.com Comcast hosted about 300 at its Philadelphia headquarters today to highlight the technology side of its business, one that’s less covered than entertainment but sets it…

A former Amazon recruiter says one of the biggest mistakes job seekers make is putting Miss America-style statements in résumés

aol.com None An ex-Amazon recruiter says a key mistake job candidates make is writing vague statements in résumés. • None She compares these to "Miss America answers" that don't…

African Streamer Showmax’s CEO on Doubling Down on Originals, How Africa Surprises Hollywood Folks

hollywoodreporter.com African streamer Showmax relaunched on Monday with a focus on an expanded content lineup, including local originals, Hollywood hits and English soccer, attractive pricing…

Thar be safe harbor: Reddit defeats third attempt to unmask digital pirates

theregister.com Digital pirates dropping anchor on Reddit for a bit o' parley can consider themselves harbored in relatively safe waters, as US courts have decided for a third time in the…

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