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Tag: Media/Telecom
6 months ago
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TikTok’s Ad Business Is Giving Us Déjà Vu

First, some news about us! I am thrilled to share that we’ve hired Karl Wells—who has been running the subscription b...

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6 months ago
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David ‘Option Value’ Zaslav and Tech’s Misguided Quest for ‘Efficiency’

I have so many thoughts today, I am not sure where to begin. First, I continue to be amused by all the CEOs publicly ...

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6 months ago
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Hastings Said It Best: Netflix’s Quarter Was ‘Less Bad’

Elon loses round one. On Tuesday, the billionaire was swiftly defeated in a tussle over the timing of a trial that wi...

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7 months ago
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Why Netflix’s Microsoft Partnership May Not Be Enough

Seems like another founder is reading The Information! Last week, we wrote about companies slashing their internal va...

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7 months ago
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In Cannes This Week? Don’t Mention the R Word

Having trouble reaching someone in the advertising or marketing worlds this week? They’re most likely living it up in...

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7 months ago
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A Netflix Slump Tests Sarandos’ Talent Savvy

In 2019, when comedian Mike Myers was pitching a new comedy series to Netflix, program executives at the company were...

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8 months ago
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Why China’s Influencers Are Losing Their Influence

China’s love affair with influencers is starting to cool. For years, the country’s internet users have been under the...

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9 months ago
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A ‘Netflix for Sports’ Wagers on League Deals, Betting to Save Streaming Dreams

Early last year, it looked like DAZN might finally be turning a corner. The streaming company—bankrolled by Ukraine-b...

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9 months ago
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Crypto’s CSI: How Molly White Became an ‘Absolute Nightmare’ for Web3 Evangelists

Over the course of one week in April, Molly White’s internet crime blotter Web3 Is Going Just Great documented 15 cry...

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11 months ago
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Disney Discusses Launching Ad-Supported Tier of Disney+ in U.S.

Disney is discussing launching a cheaper, ad-supported tier of its Disney+ streaming service in the U.S., according t...

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11 months ago
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Production Company Behind ‘American Idol’ Explores Sale for Around $300 Million

Industrial Media, the production company behind ABC’s “American Idol” and TLC’s “90 Day Fiancé,” is exploring a sale ...

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11 months ago
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FTC Preparing for Possible Challenge to Amazon’s $8.5 Billion MGM Purchase

The Federal Trade Commission is gearing up for a potential antitrust lawsuit challenging Amazon’s $8.5 billion takeov...

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11 months ago
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Allbirds Avoids Walking in Meta’s Shoes

Lately, there’s been a lot of hand-wringing about how Apple’s mobile privacy changes—which recently blew a hole in th...

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about 1 year ago
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Inside the Battle for Streaming’s Home Screens: Hollywood Egos Collide With Algorithms

Last summer, executives at Eurosport—a London-based live sports TV network owned by U.S. media company Discovery—coul...

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about 1 year ago
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Why Influencer Journalists Should Not Be the Future of Journalism

A new year is a cause for reflection—and for resuming this column, which I intend to write regularly, but not every w...

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about 1 year ago
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Inside Blackstone’s Plans to Create an Entertainment Empire

Two years ago, Joe Baratta couldn’t figure out what Blackstone, the private equity giant he worked for, should do for...

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about 1 year ago
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BuzzFeed’s Commerce Slowdown Undercuts Its Investor Pitch Ahead of Stock Listing

When BuzzFeed unveiled its planned deal to go public last June, its pitch to investors centered around the high growt...

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about 1 year ago
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How Disney’s Streaming Pipeline Got Clogged

Earlier this fall, Peter Rice, a top Walt Disney Co. executive responsible for creating television shows for the ente...

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about 1 year ago
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Amazon’s Spinmasters: Behind the Internet Giant’s Battle With the Press

Amazon’s leaders are known for obsessively monitoring data about almost every aspect of its business. Public relation...

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about 1 year ago
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FanDuel, DraftKings are among bidders for The Athletic

Fantasy and sports betting providers, FanDuel and DraftKings, are among a number of companies that have submitted bid...

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about 1 year ago
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Amazon and Roku Gird for Battle Over Viewer Data in Latest Streaming Drama

First it was Google that took a swipe at Roku, threatening to take YouTube, the most popular video-streaming service ...

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over 1 year ago
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The Battle of the Streaming Gatekeepers Heats Up

In 2019, David Limp, head of Amazon’s devices business, saw an opening. For years, Roku—Amazon’s chief rival in the m...

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over 1 year ago
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The Mystery Man Who Made Amazon an Ad Giant

Paul Kotas may be the most important person in internet advertising that almost nobody in advertising has ever heard ...

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over 1 year ago
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The Athletic Hires LionTree to Find Buyer at Price of More Than $750 Million

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. That appears to be the motto of The Athletic in its efforts to sell it...

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over 1 year ago
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Sports Media Investor RedBird Capital Is In Talks to Invest in LeBron James’ SpringHill

RedBird Capital Partners, an investment firm specializing in sports media, is in advanced talks to buy a minority sta...

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over 1 year ago
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Apple, a Streaming Punchline No More?

When Apple launched its Apple TV+ service nearly two years ago, executives throughout Hollywood and Silicon Valley sn...

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over 1 year ago
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The Risk of the Politico Deal; Peloton’s Party Ends

I interrupt this regular Briefing—which will once again be brought to you by Martin Peers next week when he returns f...

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over 1 year ago
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Facebook's Own Goal on Giphy

Last week, Federal Trade Commission lawyers made clumsy arguments when they refiled their antitrust case against Face...

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over 1 year ago
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Inside Amazon Streaming Chief’s Video Ambitions

Mike Hopkins had barely gotten his Amazon employee badge when Prime Video, the streaming service he oversaw for the i...

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over 1 year ago
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Vice Media’s SPAC Talks Stall

Vice Media’s plan to go public by merging with a special purpose acquisition company has stalled as the company strug...

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over 1 year ago
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At Sun Valley, Tech Rifts, Media Talks in Spotlight

Media and tech executives gather at Allen & Co.’s conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, next week, for the first time sinc...

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over 1 year ago
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Amazon’s China Whistleblower — The 411 Podcast

Why did Amazon fail to protect an employee who disclosed labor violations at a Foxconn factory that makes Amazon devi...

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over 1 year ago
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Disney and Netflix Lag Behind European Quotas for Local TV Shows, Movies

Europeans who watch streaming services from Netflix, Walt Disney, Amazon and others have shown an almost insatiable a...

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over 1 year ago
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BuzzFeed To Raise $200 Million in Bonds As SPAC Deal Nears

BuzzFeed is in discussions to raise about $200 million in convertible bonds to supplement cash it will raise by mergi...

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over 1 year ago
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Discovery Deal Deepens Uncertainty Over WarnerMedia’s Bleacher Report

Shortly after Jason Kilar took over WarnerMedia a year ago, he met with executives at Bleacher Report to discuss the ...

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over 1 year ago
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Amazon’s Highway Tragedies — The Information’s 411

Fast deliveries by Amazon and other online retailers have brought tremendous convenience for consumers, but the e-com...

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over 1 year ago
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Axel Springer Is in Talks to Buy Axios

German media conglomerate Axel Springer is in talks to acquire Axios, according to people familiar with the matter, c...

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over 1 year ago
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Netflix Seeks Executive to Expand Game Efforts

Netflix is looking to hire an executive to oversee an expansion into videogames, a sign it is stepping up its efforts...

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over 1 year ago
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Warner-Discovery Deal Talks Thrust John Malone and David Zaslav Into Spotlight

AT&T is effectively throwing in the towel on entertainment. The telecom giant is in talksto sell WarnerMedia to Disco...

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