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Disney’s ‘Black Panther’ Ready to Maul Record Books

MarketWatch: “Black Panther” is expected to open to $165 million in its first weekend, which would make it Marvel’s fifth-largest opening ever. But projections have risen. Online ticket retailer Fandango says advance ticket sales have outsold all other superhero films...

CBS Touts Plan to Expand Video Streaming Portfolio

Los Angeles Times: CBS;s two streaming services — CBS All Access and Showtime — have racked up a combined 5 million subscribers. The company plans a CBS Sports service that should launch this month. A celebrity-rich "Entertainment Tonight" digital product is planned...

Amazon, YouTube, Twitter Explore Bids for NFL Rights

Bloomberg: Amazon, YouTube and Twitter are all weighing bids for streaming rights to “Thursday Night Football,” providing the latest evidence of technology companies’ growing interest in live sports. The three are bidding as much as hundreds of millions of dollars for...

Discovery to Create Top Sports Media Brand in Europe

Reuters: Inside a hulking five-story building at the Winter Olympics, TV production crews are working with video in 21 languages, all part of a plan by their U.S. employer, Discovery, to become the top sports media brand in...

Netflix’s Global Expansion Hits a Roadblock in France

Digiday: Netflix isn’t taking hold in all countries. France has the lowest uptake of subscription video-on-demand services out of 14 countries surveyed by media analyst firm Ampere Analysis. French internet users are more than twice as likely to prefer pay...

Facebook Investor Thiel is Relocating to Los Angeles

Wall Street Journal: Billionaire investor Peter Thiel is relocating his home and personal investment firms to Los Angeles from San Francisco and scaling back his involvement in the tech industry, marking a rupture between Silicon Valley and its most prominent...

Snap CEO Insists Snapchat Redesign is Here to Stay

TechCrunch: Despite a lot of backlash over a big redesign for the Snapchat app, Snap CEO Evan Spiegel vigorously defended the redesign and basically said people need to get used to it. Spiegel said at the Goldman Sachs Internet & Technology Conference that even...

Amazon’s ‘Transparent’ TV Series Ousts Star Tambor

Associated Press: Amazon Studios says “Transparent” star Jeffrey Tambor won’t be on the series when it returns for its fifth season, prompting the Emmy winner to denounce what he called false accusations and the studio’s handling of the matter....

Time Warner Debuts TV Series on Front Page of Reddit

Variety: The first episode of Olan Rogers’ new animated science fiction show “Final Space” is premiering on the front page of Reddit, eleven days before making its debut on television. It’s the first time Reddit has ever hosted such a TV show...

Comcast’s NBC Taps Execs to Oversee Programming

New York Times: NBC is turning to its own bench to replace Jennifer Salke, who announced last week that she was leaving the network to run Amazon Studios. The network said that Lisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta will become the co-presidents of scripted...

Sinclair-Tribune Deal Leads to Probe of FCC Chairman

New York Times: Last April, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission led the charge for his agency to approve rules allowing television broadcasters to increase the number of stations they own. A few weeks later, Sinclair announced a $3.9 billion deal to...

Vice, Vogue Near Debut of Editorial Partnership Effort

Digiday: Vogue and Vice are gingerly moving ahead with their editorial partnership, even after Vice’s sexual harassment saga has been blown open. The Conde Nast publication finds itself in an awkward spot with its editorial collaboration with...

News Corp’s New York Post Pleads to Trump on Guns

Guardian: Donald Trump has come under pressure to introduce tougher gun controls from an unexpected quarter after the traditionally friendly New York Post pleaded with the president to act in the wake of the Florida school...

New York Times Gives Data Science Tools to Marketers

Wall Street Journal: Publishers are increasingly building data science tools to boost web traffic and lure subscribers. Now, the New York Times is giving those tools to marketers to help drum up new business. The newspaper announced the launch of a new team focused on...

Meredith Chief Talks Tough About Future of Magazines

Wall Street Journal: Stephen Lacy, executive chairman of Meredith: “We have a belief that if we can’t find a way for something to make money, we shouldn’t be directing effort at it. We’re going to do more careful portfolio management. We shouldn’t run businesses that...

Conde Nast’s New Editors Take Ax to Editorial Staffers

New York Post: The new editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair, Radhika Jones, and the new editor-in-chief of Glamour, Samantha Barry, took the ax to staffers left over from their predecessors on Thursday. One insider described a bloodbath that could reach up to 20...

Bauer Launches $12.99 Food Magazine Without Any Ads

New York Post: Bauer Publishing may have hit on a unique formula to beat the ad crunch in the print world: Start a new magazine with zero advertising — but a sky-high cover price. Food to Love hit newsstands this week with a $12.99 cover...

Hearst Unveils Video Series with Wife of Snapchat CEO

FIPP: HarpersBazaar.com has launched a mini-season of a new video series, “Little Black Book,” featuring Miranda Kerr sharing her tips and secrets of wellbeing. The video series is a first for HarpersBazaar.com, giving the brand’s audience a curated, yet intimate...

Dolan’s Newsday Cuts Nearly 225 Jobs in Outsourcing

New York Post: Newsday owner Patrick Dolan is taking a sledge hammer to the blue-collar workforce that has been printing and delivering the Long Island newspaper for most of its 78-year history. Dolan is outsourcing printing and distribution to the New York...

Report: Media Congloms See Advertisers Tune Out TV

Bloomberg: Advertisers may be leaving TV for good. Television-advertising sales in the U.S. fell 7.8 percent to $61.8 billion last year, the steepest drop outside of a recession in at least 20 years, while sales at cable networks slumped for the first time in almost a...

AT&T Targets Trump’s Role in Battle for Time Warner

Bloomberg: AT&T is pursuing an unprecedented strategy of injecting politics into the fight to salvage its planned takeover of Time Warner by threatening to call the head of the U.S. Justice Department’s antitrust division to testify about his decision to sue to...

Viacom, CBS Chiefs Meet to Talk Possible Re-Merger

CNBC: CBS and Viacom CEOs met Friday to discuss a deal to combine the two companies. Les Moonves of CBS and Bob Bakish from Viacom are talking as the companies have made their requests for due diligence materials. But the special committees of their boards have yet to...

Fox Under Pressure to Raise Bid for Takeover of Sky

Wall Street Journal: Sky shares rose above the price that 21st Century Fox has offered for the British pay-TV giant for the first time since the bid — putting pressure on Rupert Murdoch’s Fox to sweeten the pot. The rise was a response to Sky retaining rights to...

Comcast’s Universal in Shakeup Over Exec Conduct

Deadline: Universal Pictures chiefs Jeff Shell and Donna Langley have just sent an internal memo telling staff that marketing head Josh Goldstine has been placed on administrative leave, and Seth Byers has been let go after “inappropriate conduct” in the studio...

Time Warner to Expand Machinima Beyond YouTube

Variety: Machinima is not just a YouTube multichannel network. That’s one of the key messages Machinima wants to get across with its rebranding initiative, centered on a new logo. The gamer-focused entertainment media group is sprucing up its brand identity nearly a...

Google’s YouTube TV Adds Turner, Hikes Price to $40

CNET: YouTube TV, one of numerous new services that deliver a bunch of live TV channels over the Internet, will cost $40 monthly if you sign up on March 13 or later. That's a $5 hike compared to the current price of $35. The good news is that YouTube TV is adding a...

Amazon’s Job Postings Hint at Live-Streaming Video

Fast Company: Amazon has a curious job listing that’s been online for a few months now. The title is “Sr Digital Content Producer,” and it is part of a “new live streaming video initiative.” According to the job description, this content lead would develop and produce...

Twitter Begins Streaming Live Local News Broadcasts

BuzzFeed News: Twitter is starting to show live, local news broadcasts in a streaming window next to its timeline during major breaking news events. Twitter's initiative to air these videos is currently rolled out across the platform. The company will rely on a set of...

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