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Regional Sports Networks Plot Streaming Future Without Pay TV Bundle

NESN and Sinclair-owned Bally Sports are the first out of the gate, but as the pay TV bundle declines, RSNs are looking to the opportunities presented by streaming as they think about the future.

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Animation Guild Members Ratify New Three-Year Contract

Members of The Animation Guild have voted to ratify a new three-year deal with the studios and streamers that establishes new job tiers for animation writers and solidifies an approach to remote work. Eighty-seven percent of members who participated in the process voted to ratify the agreement, the Guild announced on Tuesday, with member turnout […]

Global Music Streamer Deezer Goes Public, Stock Plunges

Paris-based global music streaming platform Deezer has secured a public market listing on the Euronext Paris stock exchange, only to see its share price plunge on its opening trading day. Deezer, a rival to Spotify and Apple Music as it operates in around 180 markets worldwide, saw its stock close down 30 percent at 6.00 […]

AGC Studios Launches Unscripted and Non-Fiction Unit AGC Unwritten, Led by Joel Zimmer as President

Stuart Ford’s independent content studio AGC Studios is launching AGC Unwritten to bring its burgeoning unscripted and non-fiction output under one umbrella, the company unveiled on Tuesday. Industry veteran Joel Zimmer will lead the new operation as president of AGC Unwritten, AGC Studios chairman and CEO Ford announced. Zimmer has “a mandate to further deploy […]

“How the Hell Can Walt Run a Studio Without Us?”: Behind the Disney Animation Revolt of 1941

Soon after the birth of Mickey Mouse, one animator raised Walt Disney Productions far beyond Walt’s expectations. That animator also led a union war that almost destroyed the company. Art Babbitt worked for the Disney studio throughout the 1930s and up to 1941, years in which he and Walt were driven to elevate animation as […]

Sun Valley Beckons Moguls Amid Storm Clouds in the Deals Sky

First, July 4. Then, Sun Valley. Right after Independence Day, media and technology titans will once again jet to the Idaho resort to mingle at the annual gathering of investment bank Allen & Co., which has been nicknamed “summer camp for moguls.” The secretive and exclusive gathering of media, tech and other power brokers traditionally […]

HBO Max “Ceasing” Original Programming Efforts in Parts of Europe

With the merged Warner Bros. Discovery targeting profitable streaming subscriber growth and $3 billion in cost savings, the company is adjusting its programming strategy for streaming service HBO Max in parts of Europe. The entertainment conglomerate will no longer produce originals for HBO Max in the Nordics, the Netherlands, Central Europe and Turkey, the company […]

Britney Spears’ Former Business Manager Involved in Creating Singer’s Conservatorship, Attorney Says

Britney Spears’ lawyer is claiming that the singer’s former business manager Tri Star Sports and Entertainment played a “substantial role” in establishing her 13-year conservatorship and received at least $18 million from it. In a new filing obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Spears’ legal representative Mathew Rosengart asserts that Tri Star and its employees, including […]

Crosby, Stills & Nash Music Returns to Spotify After Criticism of Joe Rogan

Crosby, Stills & Nash music can now be streamed on Spotify once again, five months after David Crosby, Graham Nash and Stephen Stills requested their labels remove their recordings in support of Neil Young‘s decision to leave the streaming service. Their music is available via Spotify as of Saturday. CSN will donate proceeds from streams to COVID-19 charities for at least a month, a source […]

Google Announces It Will Delete Users’ Location History Data for Medical Facility Visits, Abortion Clinics

Google announced Friday that it plans to delete location history data “soon after” users visit medical facilities, including abortion clinics. The news, which the tech company published in a blog post also covering how it will also handle user data on apps, follows the June 24 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. […]

Clint Eastwood Wins $2M in Trademark Infringement Suit Over Fake CBD Endorsement

Clint Eastwood was awarded $2 million in a lawsuit accusing a CBD retailer of stealing his name and likeness to promote its products. The verdict is the second in favor of the actor in a pair of suits against CBD manufacturers and marketers that fabricated news articles and manipulated search results to make it appear […]

Kim Masters: The Last Time I Covered a Rupert Murdoch Divorce

When I heard that Rupert Murdoch’s fourth marriage was not going to last long enough to get to the seven-year itch, it brought back vivid and somewhat unsettling memories of his previous marital split from the remarkable Wendi Deng. Why I would ever have anything to do with Rupert Murdoch’s marital problems is a valid […]

Regional Sports Networks Plot Streaming Future Without Pay TV Bundle

Live sports are the glue keeping the pay TV bundle intact. It’s a refrain that’s become so common over the last decade, that it is easy to take it for granted. Even as consumers increasingly turned to streaming services for their entertainment needs, sports and news have remained stubbornly tied to legacy bundles, with executives […]