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Apple Nabs Tribeca Film Festival Doc in Media Move

CNBC: Apple Music has the exclusive rights to "Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of our Lives," which airs in New York City this week at the annual Tribeca Film Festival. The acquisition highlights Apple's methodical approach to becoming a taste-maker in the video content...

Viacom’s TV Networks Can’t Be Fixed, Analyst Says

Barron's: While Viacom's stock has benefited from new management and turnaround efforts, Alliance Bernstein’s Todd Juenger doesn’t think that there’s any way to turn the media giant around while still preserving equity value. "We don’t think the flagship networks can...

Disney’s ESPN to Eliminate 40 Talent Staffers in May

Yahoo News: It’s been widely reported that the next big round of ESPN layoffs will hit on-air talent, but now we know more on the timing: The cuts will begin on May 1, sources say. ESPN will part ways with more than 40 people, all of them “talent,” a label that the...

Viacom Taps Veteran for New Communications Head

PR Week: Viacom, which saw a high-profile succession battle last year that led to the ouster of its CEO and resignation of its former communications leader, has named Julia Phelps SVP of communications and culture. She is replacing former EVP of corporate...

Sinclair Eyes Tribune, Buys Bonten TV-Station Group

Baltimore Sun: Sinclair Broadcast Group has agreed to buy the stock of New York-based Bonten Media Group for $240 million. Bonten owns 14 television stations in eight markets, which reach about 1 percent of the TV households in the United States. Sinclair also is said...

Google: We’re Developing an Ad Filter, Not Ad Blocker

Bloomberg: After seven months of work, the biggest digital advertising companies think they have a solution to the existential threat of consumers blocking online ads. Google, the biggest player in this world, is at the center of the plan, although the company and its...

YouTube’s ‘What to Watch’ Adds Record-Label Promos

Wall Street Journal: When YouTube suggests to its users which music videos they should watch next, it bases those recommendations largely on what each viewer has watched already. Later this year, the video-sharing site plans to add a new factor into the equation: what...

Hulu Enters Licensing Agreement with Distributor Neon

Real Screen: Hulu and distributor Neon have brokered a new, multi-year output licensing agreement for all upcoming films and content released by Neon. The deal is the first of its kind for the distributor, which will grow Hulu’s slate of new, acclaimed films with all...

Facebook Offers Publishers Cash to Produce More Video

Recode: Facebook wants to pay publishers to create more produced video as part of a plan to push the company’s new ad produces. The new deals are intended to replace the agreements Facebook currently has with publishers to produce live video, which were signed a year...

Penthouse Eyes Online Concierge Service, TV Projects

Los Angeles Times: Penthouse CEO Kelly Holland has several passion projects in the works, including an online concierge service to deliver sex toys and other erotica — think GrubHub for foreplay. She’s also trying to get a mainstream TV series made about the life of...

Fox CEO Hopes for Sky-Fox Global News Powerhouse

Hollywood Reporter: James Murdoch's dream is of combining Sky News and Fox News with the vast Murdoch reach and producing some ultimate global news brand. Where Fox News is parochial and America First, the new global brand is worldly and unlimited. It will give his...

Liberty CEO’s Pay Package Rises to Nearly $17 Million

Hollywood Reporter: John Malone's Liberty Media disclosed that president and CEO Gregory Maffei's 2016 compensation amounted to $16.9 million, up 40 percent from $12.1 million in the previous year. Maffei's package included $1.05 million in salary and a $928,872...

Time Warner’s Machinima to Ditch Digital NewFronts

Adweek: Yet another company has decided it will not present at the 2017 Digital Content NewFronts. Warner Bros. Digital Networks, which acquired Machinima last fall, will not participate this year. Machinima is a digital programmer with a focus on gaming and fandom...

Study: Over-the-Top Video to Overtake TV Viewership

Denver Business Journal: Viewership of over-the-top (OTT) video services like Netflix will overtake traditional broadcast TV within the next five years, according to a new study. The 2017 OTT Video Services Study was conducted by Level 3...

CBS Journalist in Hot Water After Trip on Geffen Yacht

New York Post: Gayle King's serious CBS colleagues had a lot to say about her recent yacht jaunt with former first couple Barack and Michelle Obama in Tahiti. "She's an anchor of a news program that covers the White House. It’s one thing to be friendly. It’s another...

Apple Funding New Program to Develop Music Stars

Bloomberg: Apple is introducing a program to promote young musicians with a barrage of videos, playlists and new music, deepening the technology giant’s direct investment in artists through Apple Music. Apple execs hope the campaign will attract more artists and...

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