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Snap to Debut New Slate of Made-for-Mobile Original Shows

Axios: Snapchat is planning to launch a new slate of Original — short, made-for-mobile shows — for the Discover section of the Snapchats app, according to sources familiar with the company's plans. The new set will debut at Snap's invite-only Partner Summit on April...

Facebook’s Instagram Tries Letting Users Purchase Products

Bloomberg: After years of ogling beautiful images of food, fashion and design on Instagram, people will now be able to buy things they see and like directly through the app -- providing instant gratification for the trend-obsessed and a new source of income for...

American Media Inc to Turn Over Data in Trump Investigation

New York Post: The National Enquirer parent American Media and its CEO David Pecker and Chief Content Officer Dylan Howard plan to turn over the information requested by the House Judiciary Committee in its probe into the dealings of President...

Soon-Shiong Reveals Big Digital Goal for Los Angeles Times

Wall Street Journal: After years of declining readership and endless newsroom cuts, the new owner of the Los Angeles Times is setting a high target in his effort to turn the company around. Patrick Soon-Shiong said the Times needed to build its digital-subscriber base...

Fox, After Disney Deal, Won’t Seek a Merger with News Corp

Bloomberg: Lachlan Murdoch, CEO of the newly renamed Fox Corp., is said to want to build on the company’s entertainment business. The new Fox may make acquisitions in areas like production and new sports rights. But a deal that won’t happen anytime soon is a Fox...

AT&T’s WarnerMedia Studio Chief to Depart Amid Sex Probe

Hollywood Reporter: Kevin Tsujihara is exiting his role as chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. Entertainment, a job he's held for six years. "It is in the best interest of WarnerMedia, Warner Bros., our employees and our partners for Kevin to step down," WarnerMedia CEO...

Viacom Plans Worldwide Rollout of Ad-Supported Pluto TV

Deadline: Viacom is to roll out its ad-supported video streaming service Pluto TV internationally after its $340 million acquisition closed earlier this month. “Viacom believes the global SVOD sector is becoming too crowded and capital intensive. So, instead, we’re...

Disney’s ESPN Reaches Exclusive Streaming Deal with UFC

MarketWatch: ESPN is taking another big swing at mixed martial-arts. Ultimate Fighting Championship has struck a seven-year agreement with ESPN for the rights to sell and stream its pay-per-view bouts exclusively on its ESPN+ streaming service, starting in...

Comcast Looks to Build Global Ad Platform with NBCU, Sky

Reuters: Comcast is pooling the advertising power of its NBCUniversal and British-based Sky units to better target viewers worldwide, it said on Monday, a major step by the top U.S. cable TV provider to transform itself into a global media...

Fox Names Democratic Committee Veteran as News Pundit

USA Today: Fox News says it has hired former Democratic National Committee chief Donna Brazile as a political commentator. Brazile had been let go from a similar role at CNN in 2016 after it was revealed that she had shared material about topics that would be...

AT&T’s WarnerMedia Says HBO Streaming Leader to Depart

CNBC: HBO's president of global distribution, Bernadette Aulestia, has announced her resignation. Her resignation follows that of HBO CEO Richard Pleper, who stepped down last month after realizing he would no longer have the autonomy to run the premium...

Google to Unveil Service Aiming to Become ‘Netflix of Gaming’

Bloomberg: Google is set to unveil a video game service, codenamed Project Stream, that will reportedly allow people to play Fortnite and other modern titles in a web browser or on a television using inexpensive hardware. If it’s successful, the system might herald a...

Facebook Says Service is Hindered by Scarcity of Local News

Associated Press: Facebook’s effort to establish a service that provides its users with local news and information is being hindered by the lack of outlets where the company’s technicians can find original reporting. The service, launched last year, is currently...

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