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YouTube Names Games Industry Vet Leo Olebe New Head of Gaming - variety.com
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20.10.2022 / 01:55

YouTube Names Games Industry Vet Leo Olebe New Head of Gaming

Todd Spangler NY Digital Editor Google exec Leo Olebe, who has worked in the games industry for over 20 years, will move into a new role as global head of gaming at YouTube, the unit that encompasses gaming-related content and partnerships, including livestreaming. Olebe most recently was managing director for the games partnerships team for Google Play, where he and his team worked with games developers and publishers worldwide to help them build experiences on Google Play. Olebe will start in the role of global head of gaming at YouTube later in 2022. He will report to Tara Walpert Levy, YouTube’s VP of Americas, who oversees content partnerships, a Google rep said. The role has been vacant ever since YouTube’s previous head of gaming, Ryan Wyatt, left in January after seven years to join crypto firm Polygon Technology as CEO.

Audie Cornish to Host Weekly CNN Podcast on Culture Debates: ‘Nothing Is Off-Limits’ - variety.com - George
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19.10.2022 / 20:35

Audie Cornish to Host Weekly CNN Podcast on Culture Debates: ‘Nothing Is Off-Limits’

Todd Spangler NY Digital Editor Audie Cornish’s forthcoming podcast for CNN Audio, “The Assignment With Audie Cornish,” will premiere Thursday, Nov. 17. In this candid weekly show, the CNN anchor and correspondent will have conversations with everyday people “at the center of debates that are rocking the culture.” Topics in the weekly show will span the arts, education, politics, business and sports. According to CNN, the podcast will present stories from inside communities and cultures “shaping what we experience.” “The Assignment With Audie Cornish” will release new episodes every Thursday and will be available to stream on CNN Audio, as well as Spotify, Apple Podcasts and other podcast platforms.

Behind Netflix and Disney+’s Dash for Streaming Ad Cash - variety.com - Netflix
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19.10.2022 / 18:47

Behind Netflix and Disney+’s Dash for Streaming Ad Cash

Todd Spangler NY Digital Editor Just over three years ago, Netflix unequivocally shot down the idea that it would ever roll out an ad-supported streaming service. “When you read speculation that we are moving into selling advertising, be confident that this is false,” the streamer said in its second-quarter 2019 investor letter. “We believe we will have a more valuable business in the long term by staying out of competing for ad revenue and instead entirely focusing on competing for viewer satisfaction.” Clearly, Netflix’s thinking about advertising has changed. Both Netflix and Disney+ are launching ad-based tiers this fall, seeking to broaden their addressable markets and tap into a new revenue stream as subscriber growth has slowed — in Netflix’s case, it lost 1.2 million in the first half of 2022, compared with a net gain of 5.5 million in the prior-year period.

Netflix Says It’s Committed to a Binge-Release Strategy for Series - variety.com - Britain - North Korea - Netflix
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19.10.2022 / 02:29

Netflix Says It’s Committed to a Binge-Release Strategy for Series

Todd Spangler NY Digital Editor Despite rumors to the contrary, Netflix says it has no plans to stop dropping all episodes of a TV show at once for binge-friendly viewing. “We think our bingeable release model helps drive substantial engagement, especially for newer titles,” Netflix said in its Q3 shareholder letter, as part of announcing quarterly results Tuesday. “This enables viewers to lose themselves in stories they love.” The company’s comments come after the Puck newsletter last month reported that Netflix execs were mulling a change to binge strategy and release major titles on a weekly schedule. Netflix, which pioneered the practice of binge-releasing TV seasons in their entirety, said it’s sticking with that game plan.

Netflix Bounces Back in Q3 With 2.4 Million Subscriber Gain, Issues Upbeat Q4 Forecast but Doesn‘t Expect ‘Material’ Lift From Ad-Plan Launch - variety.com - Australia - Spain - France - Brazil - Mexico - Italy - Canada - South Korea - Germany - Japan - Netflix
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18.10.2022 / 23:55

Netflix Bounces Back in Q3 With 2.4 Million Subscriber Gain, Issues Upbeat Q4 Forecast but Doesn‘t Expect ‘Material’ Lift From Ad-Plan Launch

Todd Spangler NY Digital Editor After two straight quarters of subscriber losses, Netflix returned to growth in the third quarter of 2022 — and told investors it’s expecting a strong Q4 to finish the year, even though it doesn’t expect big gains right away from the launch of its cheaper, ad-supported plans. The streaming giant reported 2.41 million net new paid subscribers in Q3, including a gain of 100,000 in the U.S./Canada region, to stand at 223.1 million worldwide as of the end of September. That handily topped Netflix’s previous forecast of a 1 million pickup for the period. For Q4, Netflix expects to gain 4.5 million new streaming customers, compared with 8.3 million in the year-earlier quarter. Netflix Basic With Ads is slated to launch in the U.S. on Nov. 3 and priced at $6.99 per month — three dollars less than the regular Basic plan. Similar ad tiers are also coming next month to 11 other countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, Spain and the U.K.

Netflix Will Stop Providing Subscriber Forecasts Starting With Q1 2023 - variety.com - Netflix
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18.10.2022 / 23:55

Netflix Will Stop Providing Subscriber Forecasts Starting With Q1 2023

Todd Spangler NY Digital Editor Netflix will no longer share projected subscriber targets in upcoming earnings reports — a closely tracked metric among investors — as the company looks to shift the narrative to its financial performance. Starting with Netflix’s fourth-quarter 2022 earnings report in January 2023, it will not provide guidance for the next quarter (Q1 of 2023). The company will continue to provide guidance for revenue, operating income, operating margin, net income, EPS and fully diluted shares outstanding for the following quarter, but not paid membership. Click here to sign up for Variety’s free Strictly Business newsletter covering earnings, financial news, and more. “As discussed in previous letters, we are increasingly focused on revenue as our primary top-line metric,” Netflix said in its Q3 shareholder letter. “This will become particularly important heading into 2023 as we develop new revenue streams like advertising and paid sharing, where membership is just one component of our revenue growth.”

Drew Ray Tanner Stars in ‘Boot Camp’ Rom-Com Movie Based on Popular Wattpad Story - variety.com - Britain - Canada - Columbia, Canada - city Vancouver, Britain
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18.10.2022 / 19:11

Drew Ray Tanner Stars in ‘Boot Camp’ Rom-Com Movie Based on Popular Wattpad Story

Todd Spangler NY Digital Editor In his first leading feature role, Drew Ray Tanner (“Riverdale”) will star in “Boot Camp,” a film adaptation of the hugely popular Wattpad story by Gina Musa of the same name. The romantic comedy tells the body-empowerment story of notoriously unathletic Whitney Carmichael, played by Rachel Boudwin, who begins to fall for her off-limits personal trainer, Axel (Tanner), after signing up for an intense summer boot camp to reinvent herself. A deepening connection inspires her to let go of the others’ expectations and, instead, find the strength to embrace her true self. Wattpad Webtoon Studios announced that production has wrapped on “Boot Camp” after filming began in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, earlier this month. The movie does not yet have distribution deals. “Boot Camp,” which currently has over 26 million reads on Wattpad, was developed with Great Pacific Media, December Films, Junction Hammer Productions and Channel Zero Studios.

Netflix Launches Profile-Transfer Feature — Making It Easier for Password Freeloaders to Set Up Their Own Paid Accounts - variety.com - Chile - Argentina - Peru - Dominican Republic - El Salvador - Costa Rica - Guatemala - Honduras - Netflix
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17.10.2022 / 20:43

Netflix Launches Profile-Transfer Feature — Making It Easier for Password Freeloaders to Set Up Their Own Paid Accounts

Todd Spangler NY Digital Editor Netflix wants to make it as simple as possible for people who have been using someone else’s account — possibly in violation of the company’s terms of use — to set up a separate paid membership. On Monday, Netflix is launching Profile Transfer, a feature that lets anyone on an existing account migrate their profile to a brand-new account while preserving all of their personalized recommendations, viewing history, My List, saved games and other settings. Profile Transfer, which Netflix says has been “much requested” by customers, will roll out to all members worldwide starting Monday. Users will be notified by email when Profile Transfer becomes available on their account.

G4 TV Shuts Down, Two Years After Comcast Tried to Revive Gaming Network, Resulting in Layoff of 45 Employees - variety.com - Los Angeles
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17.10.2022 / 02:15

G4 TV Shuts Down, Two Years After Comcast Tried to Revive Gaming Network, Resulting in Layoff of 45 Employees

Todd Spangler NY Digital Editor G4 is shutting down — again. Comcast Spectacor, the cable and entertainment giant’s sports and esports division, told G4 TV employees Sunday that the gaming network was shutting down effective immediately. The decision has resulted in 45 staff members of G4 TV losing their jobs. In a memo, obtained by Variety, Comcast Spectacor chairman and CEO Dave Scott cited low viewership and said the network had not achieved “sustainable financial results.” “Over the past several months, we worked hard to generate that interest in G4, but viewership is low and the network has not achieved sustainable financial results,” Scott wrote. “This is certainly not what we hoped for, and, as a result, we have made the very difficult decision to discontinue G4’s operations, effective immediately.”

Vanessa Hudgens Stars in Eli Roth’s Freaky Haunted House VR Experience for Meta (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com
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14.10.2022 / 20:09

Vanessa Hudgens Stars in Eli Roth’s Freaky Haunted House VR Experience for Meta (EXCLUSIVE)

Todd Spangler NY Digital Editor A fairy-winged Vanessa Hudgens wants to lure unsuspecting trick-or-treaters into the “ultimate haunted house” in a new virtual-reality experience created by horror wizard Eli Roth exclusively for Meta. “Eli Roth’s Haunted House: Trick-VR-Treat,” from his Crypt TV banner, will take viewers on a Halloween adventure that goes horrifically awry — culminating in a frighteningly immersive haunted house. Written and directed by Roth, the 30-minute, 180-degree VR experience will premiere in Meta’s Horizon Worlds and Meta Quest TV on Friday, Oct. 21, at 6 p.m. PT. If you don’t have a Meta Quest 2 VR headset, the experience also will be available to watch on Crypt TV’s Facebook and Instagram pages. (Watch the trailer below.)

As ‘Black Adam’ End-Credits Scene Leaks on Social Media, Twitter Works to Delete Infringing Content - variety.com
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14.10.2022 / 01:21

As ‘Black Adam’ End-Credits Scene Leaks on Social Media, Twitter Works to Delete Infringing Content

Todd Spangler NY Digital Editor SPOILER ALERT: This story references a major reveal that is included in the end-credits scene for “Black Adam.” As often happens, footage from Dwayne Johnson’s “Black Adam” — specifically, the DC superhero movie’s end-credits scene with a very spolier-y reveal — has been leaked onto social media platforms. There’s a bit of “dog bites man” about this. Such leaks happen with regular occurrence online. However, the end-credits scene, which has leaked out a week ahead of the Warner Bros. movie’s Oct. 21 theatrical release, does spoil one of the main reasons people may want to buy a ticket to see “Black Adam” in theaters.

Netflix Confirms Ad Tier to Launch in November, Reveals Pricing for Cheaper Basic Plan - variety.com - Australia - Spain - France - Brazil - Mexico - Italy - Canada - Germany - Japan - Netflix
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13.10.2022 / 20:03

Netflix Confirms Ad Tier to Launch in November, Reveals Pricing for Cheaper Basic Plan

Todd Spangler NY Digital Editor After years of Netflix execs spurning the idea of serving up commercials to viewers, the streaming giant is flipping the switch on its first cheaper, ad-supported plan next month. Netflix Basic With Ads will launch in the U.S. on Nov. 3 at 9 a.m. PT, priced at $6.99 per month, the company announced. The cheaper plan will be available in 12 countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Spain, the U.K. and the U.S. It will first roll out in Canada and Mexico on Nov. 1. Basic With Ads will be $2 cheaper than Netflix’s Basic plan ($9.99/month in the U.S. currently), which provides the ability to stream on one device at a time. Previously, the Basic plan has not supported HD, but with the launch of the ad tier, Netflix will provide video quality of up to 720p HD for both Basic With Ads and the plan with no ads.

Alex Jones Is ‘Basically Broke for the Rest of His Life’ After Sandy Hook Verdict, Says Former U.S. Attorney - variety.com - Texas - county Jones - state Connecticut - city Sandy - county Cannon
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13.10.2022 / 01:29

Alex Jones Is ‘Basically Broke for the Rest of His Life’ After Sandy Hook Verdict, Says Former U.S. Attorney

Todd Spangler NY Digital Editor Right-wing conspiracy figure Alex Jones’ company has already filed for bankruptcy protection, and it’s not clear how much of the staggering $965 million verdict reached Tuesday he’ll actually wind up paying to the 15 plaintiffs in the defamation case about his lies about the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting. Jones plans to appeal the massive monetary damages that a Connecticut jury ordered him to pay, which comes after a judgment against him in August awarding $49.3 million to the family of a Sandy Hook victim in a separate case in Texas. But legal experts say Jones, founder of Infowars — which has been banned by all major internet services — is almost certainly ruined financially.

Netflix Released Record-Breaking 1,024 Original TV Episodes in Q3 — More Than Five Times Any Other Service - variety.com - Britain - city Sandman - Netflix
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12.10.2022 / 21:41

Netflix Released Record-Breaking 1,024 Original TV Episodes in Q3 — More Than Five Times Any Other Service

Todd Spangler NY Digital Editor Netflix has taken peak TV to a new peak. In a data point sure to fuel more quantity-versus-quality debate, Netflix broke its own record for number of original episodes released in a single quarter — with 1,026 in the third quarter of 2022, according to a tally by Wall Street firm MoffettNathanson. That’s more than five times any other streaming rival: Amazon Prime Video and Hulu released 223 and 194 episodes, respectively, and Disney+ debuted 140 original episodes, per the report. HBO Max, now owned by Warner Bros. Discovery, released 114 episodes in the third quarter — significantly fewer episodes than usual and comprising the lightest slate for the service since Q2 2020, the second quarter after launch. WBD has been paring back HBO Max’s content slate in recent months as it looks to cut costs.

Roku Launches Line of Smart-Home Products, Inks Exclusive Walmart Sales Deal - variety.com - Seattle - Beyond
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12.10.2022 / 16:31

Roku Launches Line of Smart-Home Products, Inks Exclusive Walmart Sales Deal

Todd Spangler NY Digital Editor Streaming soon on Roku devices: your front door? Roku is expanding beyond its streaming-media players, Roku-branded TVs and home-entertainment speakers with the launch of an array of new smart-home products. The smart-home products include security cameras, video doorbells, smart lightbulbs and smart plugs. Walmart is the exclusive bricks-and-mortar retailer for the Roku Smart Home line, which will be available in nearly 3,500 Walmart stores in the U.S. beginning Oct. 17. The smart-home products also will be sold via roku.com and walmart.com. At launch, customers with Roku devices will be able see who is at their door with their the Roku video doorbell. Users will also be able to view live streams from their Roku cameras or use a Roku voice remote to bring up video feeds.

Jeffrey Dahmer Series ‘Monster’ Becomes Netflix’s Second-Biggest English TV Show - variety.com - Britain - South Korea - Wisconsin - Netflix
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11.10.2022 / 23:53

Jeffrey Dahmer Series ‘Monster’ Becomes Netflix’s Second-Biggest English TV Show

Todd Spangler NY Digital Editor Netflix fans continue to flock to binge-watch “Dahmer,” the unsettling drama series starring Evan Peters as the infamous killer cannibal, in record numbers. Ryan Murphy’s “Dahmer — Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” topped Netflix’s English TV Top 10 list for the third week in a row, with 205.33 million hours viewed for the week of Oct. 3-9. That means the limited series is now Netflix’s second most popular English-language series of all time in its initial release, with 701.37 million hours watched, behind only “Stranger Things 4,” which was watched 1.35 billion hours in its first 28 days. “Dahmer” has now garnered more watch-time than seasons 1 and 2 of Shonda Rhimes’ “Bridgerton” in their first four weeks on the service.

NBCUniversal Inks Deal With Meta to Bring Peacock, ‘The Office’ and More to Quest VR - variety.com
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11.10.2022 / 20:49

NBCUniversal Inks Deal With Meta to Bring Peacock, ‘The Office’ and More to Quest VR

Todd Spangler NY Digital Editor Ready to mingle with the Dunder Mifflin gang in virtual reality? Meta, looking to spark broader interest in VR, announced a partnership with NBCUniversal under which the companies will team to bring the media company’s Peacock streaming app and a range of properties to the Meta Quest VR headsets. Meta announced the NBCU pact at Meta Connect 2022, its annual developers conference, alongside other content partnerships and product news. The new VR content from NBCU, set to come to Quest headsets in 2023, will include virtual-reality experiences for hit sitcom “The Office,” Universal Monsters, DreamWorks Animation, Blumhouse and Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights.

Netflix to Open Pop-Up Store at L.A.’s The Grove, Featuring Limited-Edition Merch — and a Life-Size Vecna - variety.com - Los Angeles - Netflix
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11.10.2022 / 20:18

Netflix to Open Pop-Up Store at L.A.’s The Grove, Featuring Limited-Edition Merch — and a Life-Size Vecna

Todd Spangler NY Digital Editor Netflix this week is opening the doors on a new retail destination for Angelenos to drop cash on merchandise based on the streamer’s hit shows — as well as get a full-frontal look at “Stranger Things 4” super-baddie Vecna and other characters. The Netflix pop-up shop at The Grove shopping complex in Los Angeles is set to open on Thursday, Oct. 13. Within the 10,000-square-foot space, Netflix’s original entertainment franchises will “come to life through colorful, photo-ready vignettes,” the company said, featuring life-size versions of characters and artifacts including Vecna; the terrifying Young-Hee robotic doll from “Squid Game”; and Queen Charlotte’s throne from the “Bridgerton” prequel.

YouTube Kids’ Series ‘Tab Time’ Season 2 Reveals Celebrity Guests, Premiere Date (Watch Trailer) - variety.com - county Brown - state Oregon
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11.10.2022 / 18:07

YouTube Kids’ Series ‘Tab Time’ Season 2 Reveals Celebrity Guests, Premiere Date (Watch Trailer)

Todd Spangler NY Digital Editor YouTube’s popular “Tab Time” preschool series is coming back for Season 2, starring “America’s mom” Tabitha Brown — alongside celebrity guests including Liza Koshy, Terry Crews and Tamron Hall. The hybrid live-action/animated series, one of YouTube’s marquee kids originals, is hosted by Brown, an actor, vegan foodie, author and mother. Brown, or “Ms. Tab” as the kids call her, brings her skills as a cook, storyteller, mom, and motivational leader to teach children how to live their best life. YouTube’s renewal of the show for Season 2, from from Kids at Play and Scale Productions, was announced earlier this year. While YouTube has largely scrapped scripted original productions, it has maintained a slate of kids and family originals, select documentaries and programming through the YouTube Black Voices fund.

Tito Puente and His Musical Legacy Honored in Animated Google Doodle - variety.com - Spain - New York - Cuba - Puerto Rico - city Harlem
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11.10.2022 / 16:51

Tito Puente and His Musical Legacy Honored in Animated Google Doodle

Todd Spangler NY Digital Editor Tito Puente, the influential Nuyroican musician and entertainer, is being honored in a new animated Google Doodle. The animated doodle highlighting Puente’s musical career, illustrated by New York-based Puerto Rican artist Carlos Aponte, will be visible on the main page of the search engine throughout Tuesday (Oct. 11). The doodle coincides with U.S. Hispanic Heritage Month and also comes on the one-year anniversary of the unveiling of the Tito Puente Monument in New York City’s East Harlem. Puente was a percussionist, composer, songwriter, recording artist and bandleader whose career spanned five decades. Puente has been called “El Rey de los Timbales” and “The King of Latin music,” having recorded some 118 albums and being credited on dozens more — more than any other timbales bandleader to date.

YouTube Is Introducing Handles, With Unique Human-Readable URLs for Every Channel - variety.com
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11.10.2022 / 01:03

YouTube Is Introducing Handles, With Unique Human-Readable URLs for Every Channel

Todd Spangler NY Digital Editor YouTube is finally going to give @uniquenames — that are comprehensible to human beings — to every single channel on the platform. On Monday, the video giant announced that it is introducing handles, which it described as “a new way for people to easily find and engage with creators and each other on YouTube.” The YouTube handles will appear on channel pages and Shorts, which will make it “simpler and faster to mention each other in comments, community posts, video descriptions and more,” the service explained. For every existing channel — YouTube says there are billions — the platform will create a matching URL (i.e., youtube.com/@handle) that will direct visitors to the channel page. Previously, only creators with 100 or more subscribers were eligible for a custom URL. For everyone else, the URL for their YouTube channel has been a hashed unique ID, comprising a random string of alphanumeric characters.

Spotify Laid Off At Least 38 Podcast Employees, Unions Say - variety.com
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08.10.2022 / 01:43

Spotify Laid Off At Least 38 Podcast Employees, Unions Say

Todd Spangler NY Digital Editor Spotify terminated at least 38 employees across the Gimlet and Parcast studios as the company canceled 11 original shows, according to the unions representing employees of the divisions. In a joint statement Friday, the two unions said the layoffs represented about 30% of their members. “These aren’t small cuts, they are massive restructurings,” the Gimlet and Parcast unions said. Some Spotify employees were given as little as an hour to close out their work, according to the unions. The statement does not allege that the company violated the terms of its agreements with the unions. “Yesterday, Spotify chose to create chaos instead of treating employees with the dignity and respect they deserve,” said the Gimlet and Parcast unions, both of which are affiliated with the Writers Guild of America East. “The fact that Spotify chose to handle these cuts in this way shows their disregard for both their employees and their audiences.”

Slingbox, a Pioneering Streaming Device, Will Become Permanently Unusable in November - variety.com - Netflix
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07.10.2022 / 21:57

Slingbox, a Pioneering Streaming Device, Will Become Permanently Unusable in November

Todd Spangler NY Digital Editor Any Slingboxes still out there are about to get bricked. Dish Network this week emailed reminders to users of Sling Media’s Slingbox — the once-controversial devices that “place-shift” pay-TV services by streaming live TV over the internet — that the servers that power Slingboxes will be permanently taken offline on Nov. 9, 2022. The Slingbox, which never achieved mass adoption, came out before the ascendancy of video-streaming powerhouses like Netflix and YouTube. But some of the technologies developed by Sling Media have since become widely adopted by the industry.

Spotify Names New Heads of Gimlet, Parcast Podcast Studios - variety.com - New York - USA
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07.10.2022 / 19:09

Spotify Names New Heads of Gimlet, Parcast Podcast Studios

Todd Spangler NY Digital Editor Spotify has appointed new managing directors for its Gimlet and Parcast podcast studios — Nicole Beemsterboer and Liliana Kim, respectively — coming amid the company’s cancellation of 11 original podcasts from the two divisions. Spotify elevated Beemsterboer (above left), a former longtime NPR exec who joined Spotify this year, to the role of Gimlet’s managing director. She takes over for Lydia Polgreen, who left Spotify this spring to rejoin the New York Times as an opinion columnist. Prior to joining as Gimlet’s head of news and knowledge in March, Beemsterboer spent more than 15 years at NPR as a producer where she led the creation and reorganization of the public media org’s first longform podcast unit, the Enterprise Storytelling Unit. At NPR, Beemsterboer worked on shows including “Embedded,” “Invisibilia” and “White Lies.”

Former ‘Real Housewives’ Star Bethenny Frankel Sues TikTok, Alleging App Profits From Scammers Illegally Stealing Her Likeness - variety.com - New York
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07.10.2022 / 17:09

Former ‘Real Housewives’ Star Bethenny Frankel Sues TikTok, Alleging App Profits From Scammers Illegally Stealing Her Likeness

Todd Spangler NY Digital Editor Bethenny Frankel says she’s had enough of scammers on TikTok using her voice, image or content to sell counterfeit products. The entrepreneur and star of “The Real Housewives of New York” filed a federal lawsuit against ByteDance’s TikTok, the hugely popular short-form video app, alleging that TikTok has ignored her requests to remove unauthorized content that misappropriates her likeness. The lawsuit, which seeks class-action status, demands unspecified monetary damages and a permanent injunction barring TikTok from misusing the “personas, voices, content and/or likenesses” of Frankel and other potential members of the class. “Despite demands on TikTok to remove and police this corrupt conduct, TikTok has ignored such demands, and even taken countervailing positions,” Frankel’s lawsuit says. “Aside from not being compensated, the reputation and brand of Ms. Frankel and Class Members are being damaged and tarnished through unauthorized associations with counterfeit goods and other products that they do not support.”

Judge Grants Musk Request to Halt Twitter Trial Until Oct. 28 to Allow Parties to Close $44 Billion Deal - variety.com - state Delaware
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07.10.2022 / 01:43

Judge Grants Musk Request to Halt Twitter Trial Until Oct. 28 to Allow Parties to Close $44 Billion Deal

Todd Spangler NY Digital Editor UDPATED: A Delaware judge granted mega-billionaire Elon Musk’s motion to halt Twitter’s upcoming trial — seeking to compel him to pay what he promised for the company — until Oct. 28 in order to allow the parties to close on the $44 billion deal. Musk, after trying for three months to exit his deal to buy Twitter, in the last few days has grown frustrated that Twitter wasn’t calling off its lawsuit. Lawyers representing Musk, in a filing Thursday with the Delaware Court of Chancery, requested that the trial, slated to commence Oct. 17, be suspended while he works out a deal to finalize the required debt financing to swing the acquisition. Musk expects that to happen by Oct. 28, per the court filing.

Spotify Cancels 11 Original Podcasts, Trimming Slate as Part of Focusing on Bigger Shows - variety.com
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06.10.2022 / 22:21

Spotify Cancels 11 Original Podcasts, Trimming Slate as Part of Focusing on Bigger Shows

Todd Spangler NY Digital Editor Spotify is axing a small portion of its original podcast programming slate — canceling 11 out of approximately 500 current shows — as it looks to concentrate firepower on the biggest original and exclusive hits. The 11 shows come from Parcast and Gimlet, two podcast studios that Spotify acquired in early 2019 as part of its buying binge in entering the space. The cutbacks will affect about 5% of Spotify’s total podcast staff, some of whom will be laid off while others will be reassigned to other teams, according to a source familiar with the change. No shows at Spotify Studios or the Ringer are being axed. The shows being canceled are: from Gimlet, “How to Save a Planet,” “Crime Show” and “Every Little Thing”; and from Parcast, “Medical Murders,” “Female Criminals,” “Crimes of Passion,” “Dictators,” “Mythology,” “Haunted Places,” “Urban Legends” and “Horoscope Today.” Each of the podcasts will wind down over the next several months; “Horoscope Today” will extend into the second quarter of 2023, the source said.

Twitter Is Finally Launching Its Edit Button in the U.S. — but Only for Paying Subscribers (and It’s Still in Test Mode) - variety.com - Australia - New Zealand - Canada
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06.10.2022 / 20:37

Twitter Is Finally Launching Its Edit Button in the U.S. — but Only for Paying Subscribers (and It’s Still in Test Mode)

Todd Spangler NY Digital Editor Twitter at long last will give users in the U.S., its biggest geographic region, the ability to edit their tweets. However, for now, the company will limit access to the “Edit Tweet” feature only to subscribers of Twitter Blue, its service with enhanced features for power users that costs $4.99 per month in the U.S. The tweet-editing function will roll out to Twitter Blue users starting Thursday, according to the company. That came after it opened up the option to edit tweets on Oct. 3 for Twitter Blue members in Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The Edit Tweet button, which for years has been the most-requested feature among Twitter users, will let you edit tweets a few times within a 30-minute window after they’re posted. Twitter said it is limiting the ability to make edits to only the first 30 minutes to “help protect the integrity of the conversation and create a publicly accessible record of what was said.”

Google Celebrates ‘Scooby-Doo’s’ Velma Coming Out as Lesbian With Gay Pride Easter Egg - variety.com
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06.10.2022 / 09:07

Google Celebrates ‘Scooby-Doo’s’ Velma Coming Out as Lesbian With Gay Pride Easter Egg

Todd Spangler NY Digital Editor Google is showering Velma with confetti and gay-pride flags after the longtime member of the “Scooby-Doo” crew has officially been confirmed as a lesbian. In a new Easter egg that appeared Wednesday, Google Search queries for “Velma,” “Velma Scooby-Doo” “Velma Dinkley” (the character’s full name) and even “Dinkley” yield a regular search-results page — along with a cascade of multicolored confetti and various LGBTQ flags. The Google Search page then pops up two buttons at the bottom of the page: one to replay the animation, and another to share the search result via Facebook, Twitter or email (along with a trio of gay pride flag icons).

Yahoo News Gets a New Boss: Washington Post’s Kat Downs Mulder - variety.com - city Sanchez - Washington - Washington
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05.10.2022 / 01:33

Yahoo News Gets a New Boss: Washington Post’s Kat Downs Mulder

Todd Spangler NY Digital Editor Yahoo announced the appointment of Kat Downs Mulder, a 14-year veteran of the Washington Post, as senior VP and GM of Yahoo News, one of the biggest news and information sites in the U.S. At the Washington Post, Downs Mulder most recently served as chief product officer and managing editor of the publication, which is now owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. Downs Mulder as GM of Yahoo News will oversee global products, editorial and strategy for the content vertical, which including the Yahoo homepage, news, entertainment and lifestyle content. She reports to Yahoo president of home ecosystem Matt Sanchez.

With Elon Musk Poised to Close Twitter Deal, Hand-Wringing Reignites Over What Right-Leaning Tech Mogul Will Do - variety.com
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05.10.2022 / 00:51

With Elon Musk Poised to Close Twitter Deal, Hand-Wringing Reignites Over What Right-Leaning Tech Mogul Will Do

Todd Spangler NY Digital Editor Elon Musk looks ready to get his hands on Twitter: The world’s richest person has agreed to his original $44 billion acquisition of his favorite social network, after a three-month legal fight trying to nix the deal. And that has renewed worries among some that he’s going to make drastic changes to Twitter’s content-moderation policies — and unleash a flood of right-wing misinformation and harassment. Musk informed Twitter on Oct. 3 that he will go forward with the takeover at $54.20 per share. The deal could close as soon as Friday, CNBC reported. When he announced his $44 billion deal for Twitter, Musk said he was primarily interested in protecting “free speech” on the platform, and he has criticized the company for allegedly having a left-leaning political bias.

Peacock Topped 15 Million Paid Subscribers in Q3, NBCU’s CEO Says, Touting Movie Strategy and End of Hulu Deal for Next-Day Episodes - variety.com - Chicago
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04.10.2022 / 21:57

Peacock Topped 15 Million Paid Subscribers in Q3, NBCU’s CEO Says, Touting Movie Strategy and End of Hulu Deal for Next-Day Episodes

Todd Spangler NY Digital Editor Has Peacock regained its forward momentum? NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell claimed the media company’s flagship streamer notched healthy growth in the third quarter — thanks to a strong content lineup, including Peacock’s reclaiming day-after-air rights to episodes of NBCU shows from Hulu. Shell, in an appearance Tuesday on CNBC, said Peacock added more than 2 million paid subscribers in Q3, to top 15 million. Overall, Peacock’s active user accounts is now at 30 million, he said, up more than 3 million in the September quarter. “If you have the right content, and you offer a broad distribution platform, your consumers are going to find you — and that’s what we’re doing with Peacock,” Shell said.

UTA Hires Twitch Talent Exec J Eatedali - variety.com - Los Angeles - Berlin
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03.10.2022 / 20:31

UTA Hires Twitch Talent Exec J Eatedali

Todd Spangler NY Digital Editor J Eatedali has exited Twitch to join UTA as an executive in the company’s gaming and esports department. Prior to joining UTA, Eatedali served as the co-head of creator acquisitions, retention and programs at Amazon-owned Twitch (alongside Toby Berlin), where he and the team were responsible for contract negotiations for the livestreaming platform’s top creators. Eatedali will be based in UTA’s Los Angeles headquarters and will report to Damon Lau, head of gaming and esports at the global talent, entertainment and sports company. In the position, Eatedali will lead the team’s gaming advisory business by helping existing UTA brand clients including Apple’s Beats by Dre and L’Oreal “navigate the rapidly evolving gaming landscape,” according to the company. He also will be tasked with bringing on new clients, including gaming and non-gaming-endemic brands.

Kim Kardashian to Pay $1.26 Million to Settle SEC Charges She Illegally Hyped Crypto - variety.com
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03.10.2022 / 16:35

Kim Kardashian to Pay $1.26 Million to Settle SEC Charges She Illegally Hyped Crypto

Todd Spangler NY Digital Editor Kim Kardashian agreed to pay $1.26 million to settle charges by the Securities and Exchange Commission that she touted a crypto asset security without disclosing the payment she received for the promotion, the agency said. Under the settlement, without “admitting or denying the SEC’s findings,” Kardashian also agreed to not promote any crypto asset securities for three years, per the agency. According to the SEC’s order, Kardashian failed to disclose that she was paid $250,000 to publish a post on her Instagram account about EMAX tokens, the crypto asset security being offered by EthereumMax. Kardashian’s post linked to the EthereumMax website, which provided instructions for potential investors to purchase EMAX tokens.

Kim Kardashian Releases Her First Spotify-Exclusive Podcast - variety.com - Ohio
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03.10.2022 / 16:35

Kim Kardashian Releases Her First Spotify-Exclusive Podcast

Todd Spangler NY Digital Editor More than two years after Kim Kardashian inked an exclusive deal with Spotify for a podcast series focused on criminal-justice reform, the series is finally out. On Monday, Spotify released the first two episodes of original podcast “Kim Kardashian’s The System: The Case of Kevin Keith,” available worldwide. Following the series premiere, new episodes will be released each Monday thereafter. The eight-episode podcast is narrated by Kardashian alongside veteran true-crime producer Lori Rothschild Ansaldi, produced by Spotify and Tenderfoot TV. It follows the story of Keith, an Ohio man convicted of triple homicide who — for nearly three decades — has been working alongside his family to prove he was wrongly accused.

Ari Emanuel Urged Twitter to Settle With Elon Musk Ahead of Trial Over $44 Billion Deal (Report) - variety.com - city Durban - state Delaware
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30.09.2022 / 21:45

Ari Emanuel Urged Twitter to Settle With Elon Musk Ahead of Trial Over $44 Billion Deal (Report)

Todd Spangler NY Digital Editor Ari Emanuel, the legendary Hollywood agent who is CEO of Endeavor, reportedly got involved in the dispute between Twitter and Elon Musk over Musk’s attempt to nix his takeover of the company — but it’s not exactly clear why. Within the “past few weeks,” Emanuel had reached out to Twitter board member Egon Durban to suggest the social network work with Musk to “find a solution” to their legal fight ahead of a trial scheduled to commence Oct. 17 in Delaware Chancery Court, according to a report by Bloomberg Law citing anonymous sources. Emanuel has ties to both Durban and Musk. Durban, co-CEO of tech investment firm Silver Lake, currently sits on Endeavor’s board. Musk had been on Endeavor’s board of directors before resigning in March 2022.

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