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T-Mobile to Buy Layer3 in Preparation of New TV Service

Bloomberg: T-Mobile US agreed to acquire closely held Layer3 TV as the wireless carrier prepares to enter the crowded field of online television service next year. With the purchase, T-Mobile joins its larger peers AT&T and Verizon in a strategic shift to media...

Redbox to Offer Digital Movie Downloads – Without Disney

Wall Street Journal: After disrupting the DVD rental business with its ubiquitous kiosks and low prices, Redbox is getting into the digital game with an offering that includes every Hollywood studio except Disney, which it’s currently battling in court. Redbox will...

Alibaba Video Arm Signs Deals with NBCUniversal, Sony

Bloomberg: Alibaba's video streaming service, Youku Tudou, has signed content licensing deals with NBCUniversal and Sony Pictures Television, marking a deeper foray into entertainment for the Chinese e-commerce giant. The multiyear agreements give Youku subscribers...

AT&T-Chernin’s Fullscreen Signs YouTube Star Russett

Variety: Popular YouTube personality and comedian Andrea Russett has inked a television and film development deal with digital-media company Fullscreen. Under the pact, Fullscreen will create, develop and pitch scripted and unscripted projects for...

Microsoft Taps Reddit to Serve Content Into Bing Search

MediaPost: Microsoft on Wednesday announced a partnership with Reddit to serve community content into Bing search results and offer a series of tools that support marketers. The partnership, two years in the making, relies on Microsoft’s artificial intelligence...

Facebook, Google Under New Pressure from Euro Media

AFP: Nine European press agencies, including AFP, called Wednesday on internet giants to be forced to pay copyright for using news content on which they make vast profits. The call comes as the EU is debating a directive to make Facebook, Google, Twitter and other...

Time Warner’s CNN Blames Stolen Phone for Cooper Flap

TheHill: CNN anchor Anderson Cooper's Wednesday tweet labeling President Trump a "pathetic loser" was the result of someone taking his assistant's phone, according to the network. A person stole the smartphone belonging to Cooper's...

Fox News Host Pirro Hit with Activist Defamation Lawsuit

Associated Press: A civil rights activist is suing Fox News host Jeanine Pirro, claiming she defamed him while discussing a lawsuit against the Black Lives Matter movement that was later dismissed. The lawsuit states that DeRay McKesson was falsely arrested in 2016...

Disney’s ABC Pulls ‘Baking Show’ After Harassment Claim

Hollywood Reporter: ABC has pulled "The Great American Baking Show" from its schedule in the wake of the multiple sexual harassment allegations against one of the show's judges, Johnny Iuzzini. "In light of allegations that recently came to our attention, ABC has...

PBS Suspends ‘Tavis Smiley’ After Charge of Misconduct

Variety: PBS has suspended late-night talk show “Tavis Smiley” amid misconduct allegations against its host and namesake. “PBS engaged an outside law firm to conduct an investigation immediately after learning of troubling allegations regarding Mr. Smiley. This...

Time Inc Sells Golf Magazine to Banking-Real Estate Mogul

New York Post: Banking and real estate mogul Howard Milstein, expanding his golf-related holdings, has purchased Time Inc.’s Golf magazine and golf.com website. While Time Inc. has not yet announced the deal, staffers at the monthly magazine were told of the pending...

Conde Nast Grows ’73 Questions’ Into Franchise in Video

Marketplace: Dawn Ostroff, president of Conde Nast Entertainment: "We have a franchise called '73 questions.' We produce it for Vogue, and it's basically taking celebrities, and while they are walking around their home, our director is asking them 73 questions. And...

Vox is Accused of Union Busting by Writers Organization

Washington Examiner: A group affiliated with the Writers Guild of America East has accused Vox Media, the parent company of the popular news site Vox, of "union busting" for refusing to accept their claim to have the backing of a majority of its workers to form a...

Axios Plans New Office Headquarters Amid Rapid Growth

ARLnow: Media startup Axios is growing fast and ready to put down roots in Clarendon. The company, which launched in January and has since commandeered its own wing of the MakeOffices Clarendon coworking space, has signed a 10 year lease for a floor in the same...

BuzzFeed CEO Announces Pivot to Multi-Revenue Model

The Drum: BuzzFeed founder and CEO Jonah Peretti has announced a multi-revenue model for the publisher. In his announcement, Peretti took aim at Facebook and Google's grasp on digital advertising. "The media is in crisis. Google and Facebook are taking the vast...

New York Times CEO Says Free Internet Model is Wrong

Digiday: Mark Thompson, CEO of the New York Times Co: "The early days of the internet were wrong. The whole concept that infinite free distribution would solve all the business problems associated with journalism, and there’d be a perfect way of matching news to...

Disney Leans on ‘Star Wars’ in Streaming War with Netflix

Los Angeles Times: A live-action “Star Wars” TV show will be a main attraction of the Disney-branded streaming service set to debut in 2019. “The fact is that Disney is the only company out there that can go toe-to-toe with Netflix, and ‘Star Wars’ is a huge part of...

Comcast’s CNBC Preps Middle East Outpost in Expansion

The National: CNBC said on Tuesday it was making Abu Dhabi its regional headquarters, from where it plans to expand its coverage to the broader Middle East. The network said it would likely start operations by April and was hiring 10 people to staff its new...

Disney’s ESPN Suspends Hosts Amid Harassment Probe

USA Today: Former NFL players Donovan McNabb and Eric Davis will not appear on ESPN as the company investigates allegations of sexually inappropriate behavior while they were at NFL Network. "We are investigating, and McNabb and Davis will not appear on our networks...

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