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Facebook, Google, Amazon Face Growing Call for Breakup

Wall Street Journal: A growing number of critics think the tech giants need to be broken up or regulated as Standard Oil and AT&T once were. Their alleged sins run the gamut from disseminating fake news to laying waste to small-town shopping districts. But does...

Comcast’s NBC Uses Netflix to Promote Winter Olympics

Quartz: Netflix is a lot of things, but it’s usually not a place for television networks to advertise their programming. TV network NBC released on Netflix this week a two-part special, "2018 Olympic Winter Games Preview," which profiles the Olympians to look out for...

Fox Races to Win Nod for Sky Bid as Disney Deal Looms

Bloomberg: As Disney’s plan to purchase the bulk of Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox looms in the background, the U.K.’s merger watchdog is set to issue provisional findings this week on whether the Sky takeover would give Murdoch too much influence in the U.K. and...

Viacom Shares Drop as No Bankers Hired for CBS Merger

Barron's: Viacom shares tumbled more than 4%, after reports that no bankers have been hired to handle a possible merger with CBS. That's not a huge surprise, given that when the reports broke on Friday, they also came with news that the companies weren't in active...

CBS Said Better Off Partnering with Verizon, Not Viacom

FierceCable: As rumors once again swirl regarding a Viacom remerger, Rosenblatt analyst Alan Gould said that CBS would be better off partnering or merging with Verizon. In a research note, Gould said a combination of CBS and Viacom would offer little by way of...

Disney to Hit Reset on Mobile Games with New Partners

VentureBeat: Disney executive Kyle Laughlin announced that the entertainment giant has hit reset on its game strategy and formed new relationships with four development partners. Disney will work on future games with Ludia, Glu, Gameloft, and PerBlue. These are all...

Google Tightens YouTube Rules to Clean It Up for Ads

Bloomberg: Google is making the biggest changes to the advertising rules on YouTube since the video site’s inception, another attempt to clean up its content and answer persistent complaints from advertisers. YouTube will now impose stricter criteria for the types of...

Apple, HBO Circling New TV Space Drama from Abrams

Hollywood Reporter: J.J. Abrams, currently immersed in the "Star Wars" feature film universe, is plotting his return to TV writing. The prolific writer, producer and director is shopping a space-set spec script. Sources say Apple and HBO are both in the running for...

Endeavor Hollywood Mega-Agency Eyed by Saudi Fund

Bloomberg: Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund is in talks to buy a stake in Endeavor, the holding company for Hollywood talent agency WME. The Public Investment Fund, known as PIF, is in preliminary discussions to invest more than $500...

Weinstein Company in Discussions for Sale to Miramax

Bloomberg: Miramax, the film studio founded by Harvey and Bob Weinstein and now owned by Qatar-based BeIN Media Group, is interested in acquiring the embattled brothers’ Weinstein Co. A sale to Miramax could potentially allow the brothers to have an ongoing role in...

Vice Risks Losing Cool Cachet Over Sexism Concerns

AdAge: Vice could be at risk of going from cool to creepy for brands concerned with the alleged sexist culture at the gonzo publisher's offices. At least one major marketer, Ally Financial, is meeting with the media outlet to discuss concerns over allegations of Vice...

Fox News Sits on Story About Trump & Adult-Film Star

CNN: Fox News had a story at the height of the presidential election that detailed an alleged sexual relationship between porn actress Stephanie Clifford -- whose stage name is "Stormy Daniels" -- and Donald Trump, but opted not to publish it. "We were unable to...

Survey: US Public Wants Social Media News Regulations

Financial Times: Nearly half of Americans favor regulating how websites such as Facebook and Google select what news stories they show to readers, according to a new report from Gallup and the Knight Foundation, in the latest sign of growing public concern over big...

Digital First Calif Newspapers Face ‘Significant’ Layoffs

Los Angeles Times: Southern California News Group, which includes newspapers such as the Orange County Register and the Los Angeles Daily News, will be hit with “significant” layoffs in the coming months, the group’s management announced Friday in newsroom meetings...

Tronc Chief Stirs Newsroom Resentment on Both Coasts

New York Post: Michael Ferro, the executive chairman of Tronc, is stirring newsroom resentment on both coasts of his far-flung newspaper chain. At the profitable Los Angeles Times, 350 editorial staffers are fuming as a rumored move of its headquarters...

Time Inc Investor Cashes Out Ahead of Meredith Takeover

New York Post: Leon Cooperman, head of Omega Advisors, which until recently was the fifth-largest shareholder in Time Inc., has sold his entire stake in the publisher — snagging an estimated $92 million ahead of Meredith’s takeover of the...

Conde Nast Digital Pro Expected to Oversee Teen Vogue

Digiday: Phillip Picardi, digital editorial director of Teen Vogue, is expected to be tapped to run Teen Vogue following the departure of editor-in-chief Elaine Welteroth last week. Conde Nast announced Welteroth was stepping down in an internal memo to staff members...

Gawker Expats Fail to Raise Money to Acquire Archives

MediaPost: Some former Gawker editors failed to raise money through Kickstarter to buy back the archives still online and restart the publication. For the moment, that is Gawker’s existence: an archive of over a decade’s worth of news and scandal, unprotected from...

The Awl Shuts Down Amid Downturn in Web Publishing

The Verge: After a nine-year run, the small but influential website The Awl is shutting down, along with its sister publication The Hairpin. The sites are the latest in a string of small publications to struggle amidst a changing digital-media...

Zig News Feed App Aims to Shake Up Publishing Model

CNBC: Joshua James and Adam Platzner, realizing they were spending too much time plowing through multiple websites for their news, decided to create an app where they could get all the news they wanted, tailored to them, on one platform. Their media curating app Zig...

Disney CEO Likely to See Pay More Than Double in 2018

Bloomberg: Disney CEO Bob Iger got $36.3 million in compensation last year as the company announced plans to acquire a majority of 21st Century Fox. His pay will probably more than double this year. Iger can get $60 million if Disney's operating income tops $20...

Fox Boasts Three Potential Best-Picture Oscar Hopefuls

Bloomberg: With “The Post,” 21st Century Fox has at least three potential contenders for the best picture Oscar, along with “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” and “The Shape of Water.” While such films are often low-revenue, art-house features, a savvy...

Viacom, CBS Chief Again Wants Merger of Media Giants

Los Angeles Times: Shari Redstone wants to recombine CBS and Viacom to better fortify the two medium-sized media companies at a time when other entertainment companies are scrambling to bulk up. There are no merger talks underway. However, Redstone increasingly sees a...

Disney’s Board Bumps Dorsey, Sandberg Citing Conflicts

USA Today: Disney on Friday said it would not renew the board seats of Twitter's CEO and Facebook's COO over potential conflicts of interest. The move is a marker of how the media and entertainment landscapes are shifting as viewers turn to non-traditional sources for...

Amazon’s Bezos Steps Up Public Visibility Amid Scrutiny

New York Times: While Jeff Bezos — who at 54 is the world’s richest person — can afford virtually any luxury, obscurity is no longer among them. Amazon has become one of the faces of “big tech,” along with Apple, Alphabet’s Google and Facebook. These companies are...

AT&T-Time Warner Antitrust Fight Targets Future of TV

Wall Street Journal: Early signs suggest the antitrust fight over AT&T’s $85 billion takeover of Time Warner will focus heavily on the small screen, with much of its evidence coming from the companies’ video rivals. Those competitors argue the telecom company will...

Sinclair-Tribune Purchase Review Gets Paused by FCC

Reuters: The Federal Communications Commission said on Thursday that it was pausing its review of Sinclair Broadcast Group’s plan to buy Tribune Media Company. The agency said that its review would entail evaluating Sinclair’s offer of divestitures, and that the...

Time Warner’s HBO Tries to Halt Talent Exodus to Netflix

Wall Street Journal: When Netflix tried to woo comedian Jerrod Carmichael away from HBO to do stand-up specials, HBO execs swung into action. They told Carmichael that Netflix, which is bingeing on TV production, wouldn’t be able to tend to him properly. “If you have...

Netflix to Stream Olympics Preview Series Made by NBC

Broadcasting & Cable: NBC Olympics produced a two-part original series that will be streamed by Netflix as part of the lead up to the Pyeong Chang, South Korea games. "Go for the Gold and Meet Team USA" will be available to Netflix subscribers until the 2018...

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