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EW Scripps Unit to Relaunch Court TV After Decade Off the Air

Wall Street Journal: E.W. Scripps is betting that crime actually does pay. Scripps division Katz Networks said Monday that it is reviving Court TV, the cable network that helped turn American judicial proceedings into TV spectacles with gavel-to-gavel coverage of...

Verizon Says 10,000 Employees Have Accepted Buyout Offers

CNBC: Verizon said Monday more than 10,000 employees, or about 7 percent of its global workforce, have accepted the company's buyout offer, first announced in September as a cost-cutting measure. Verizon previously announced a goal to save $10 billion in cash by...

Endeavor Taps Chief Content Officer of IMG for New President

WWD: Mark Shapiro, chief content officer of IMG since 2014, has been named president of Endeavor, the global leader in sports, entertainment and fashion. Endeavor’s portfolio of companies includes WME, IMG and UFC. Shapiro reports to Ari Emanuel, chief executive...

Snap’s Most Popular Creators Say Platform is Losing Its Cool

Ad Age: Some of Snapchat's most popular users say the company has fallen short of its promise to welcome its creator community as partners, with one of its most popular users threatening to quit the app entirely. Shaun McBride was one of the platform's first stars...

Google CEO to Rebut Privacy, Bias Criticisms Before Congress

Axios: Google CEO Sundar Pichai will tell lawmakers Tuesday that the company takes user privacy seriously, doesn't bake political bias into its products and is proud to work with the U.S. government, according to his prepared testimony posted by the House Judiciary...

Facebook Plans Kiosk in Manhattan to Offer Advice on Privacy

New York Post: Mark Zuckerberg’s social network plans to open a pop-up kiosk on Dec. 13 in Midtown Manhattan, where it will field questions about its data-sharing practices and teach users how to understand its new privacy controls. “It’s been a tough year, and people...

Quibi, from Katzenberg, Sees Revenue Driver in Subscriptions

Digiday: Jeffrey Katzenberg has been open about his plans to spend big bucks on programming for Quibi, his upcoming subscription mobile video streaming service. Subscriptions will be the main driver of revenue for Quibi, which will offer a $5-per-month ad-supported...

Bezos’s Washington Post Grows 202 as Brand for Newsletters

Digiday: The Washington Post built a successful stable of newsletters by super-serving DC insiders and news junkies. But it is slowly stepping outside the beltway — and out of readers’ inboxes. On Dec. 4, the news publisher launched The Technology 202, the seventh...

Pew: Social Media Outpaces Newspapers as US News Source

Associated Press: The Pew Research Center said Monday that 20 percent of Americans cited social media as a frequent news source, compared to 16 percent that credited newspapers. It’s the first time since Pew has found sites like Facebook and Twitter outpacing...

Prediction: Consolidation Wave to Hit Old, New Media in 2019

Digiday: Everyone has decided that consolidation won’t save publishers in 2019. But a wave of it is coming anyway, as large digital players seek to make themselves more attractive to legacy giants, legacy print players hunt for more savings and everybody tries to...

Disney, Comcast Gear Up to Outspend Netflix on Programming

Wall Street Journal: The sale of major assets of 21st Century Fox will create two juggernauts of programming, Disney and Comcast, that will tower over a rapidly consolidating media landscape, according to a report by Ampere Analysis. The two companies together will...

Comcast Hints Mobile App Will Be Key to Newly Acquired Sky

Business Insider: CFO Michael Cavanaugh gave an initial indication of how Comcast's offerings might inform decisions at the company's newly acquired Sky. Sky execs expressed interest in Comcast's Xfinity xFi mobile app, which lets customers access and control their...

CBS Faces Possible Lawsuit from Moonves Over Probe Leaks

New York Post: Les Moonves is threatening to sue CBS over leaks of details about his alleged sexual misconduct. In what’s expected to amount to a breach of contract suit, Moonves’s lawyers are preparing to allege that leaks to the New York Times about CBS’s pending...

Viacom, CBS: Redstone Heirs Say Media Mogul is Incompetent

Vanity Fair: There is no longer any confusion about the health of Sumner Redstone, the Hollywood billionaire whose family controls CBS and Viacom. In a California court filing last week, Sumner’s grandson confirmed what everyone but Sumner’s lawyer has acknowledged...

Dish Chief Sends Message to TV Industry with Blackout of HBO

Bloomberg: By going to war with HBO and Univision, Dish's Charlie Ergen is sending a message to his suppliers -- media titans like CBS, 21st Century Fox, Disney and AT&T, the parent of HBO. As cord cutting erodes Dish’s subscriber base, Ergen is determined to keep...

Amazon Channels May Be How Cord-Cutters Sign Up for HBO

CNET: How are cord-cutters subscribing to HBO and Starz? People sign up with those networks' apps directly, sure, but Amazon's Prime Video Channels may be delivering a huge chunk of their members. Nearly half of Starz direct-to-consumer subscribers may be coming from...

Netflix Breaks Record on Consumer Spending in Mobile Apps

TechCrunch: Netflix just broke new records on consumer spending in its mobile apps. In November, Netflix pulled in an estimated $86.6 million in worldwide consumer spending across its iOS and Android apps combined — a figure that’s 77 percent higher than the $49...

Spotify Inks Content Partnership with ‘Ellen DeGeneres Show’

TheDrum: "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and Spotify have teamed for a long-term, reciprocal content partnership deal. This is the first such digital content deal from Spotify, where it's allowing a partner to develop a content hub. The music-streaming service has created...

Apple New Musician Platform Buy Could Bypass Music Labels

TechCrunch: Apple has acquired Platoon, a startup out of London that works primarily with musicians — but also other creators like writers — to produce, distribute and sell their work, using analytics to source talent, and figure out the best way to target and market...

Twitter CEO Under Fire for ‘Tone Deaf’ Tweets About Myanmar

BBC News: Twitter's CEO has been criticized for promoting Myanmar as a tourist destination despite widespread allegations of human rights abuses in the country. In a series of tweets, Jack Dorsey said he had traveled to Myanmar last month for a meditation retreat....

Google to Test Voice-Driven News Product for Smart Speakers

Nieman Lab: Google is announcing a new experiment that will deliver more personalized audio news feeds through Google Assistant. “We are combining Google News with the interactivity and voice experience of Google Assistant.” The company is working with around 130...

Conde Nast Taps Its Own Journalists to Work at New Ad Studio

What's New in Publishing: Conde Nast has unveiled its Creative Studio Network, unifying its 11 creative departments under a single brand identity that is "dedicated to servicing the needs of commercial partners." Many of Conde’s editorial staff, including journalists,...

Meredith Nears Sale of Sports Illustrated to Former NBA Player

Reuters: Ulysses Lee “Junior” Bridgeman, a former U.S. basketball player who became a fast-food mogul, is in the lead to acquire Sports Illustrated magazine from Meredith for about $150 million. Bridgeman is in the final stages of negotiating a deal after lining up...

Time Inc’s Old Magazines Find New Model in Billionaire Support

Printing Impressions: We need a new model of support for the free press, and what appears to be emerging is ownership of these publications by people who are so wealthy that they can sit by and sustain the losses incurred by these broad-based general-interest...

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