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Comedian Bobby Lee Sues Wondery Over Canceled ‘TigerBelly’ Podcast Contract

Comedian Bobby Lee is suing Wondery for breach of contract after the audio company allegedly canceled a multiyear ad sales and distribution deal for his podcast, TigerBelly, that he co-hosts with Khalyla Kuhn. The complaint, filed in Los Angeles on Thursday on behalf of Lee’s TigerBelly company, alleges that Wondery was “under pressure to cut […]

Ron DeSantis’ Presidential Campaign Kickoff on Twitter Mired by Major Glitches

Turns out Twitter Spaces isn’t the best place to make a major announcement. Ron DeSantis learned this the hard way Wednesday evening, when the Florida governor was scheduled to kick off his presidential campaign during a live audio conversation with Elon Musk on Twitter Spaces after filing paperwork with the Federal Election Commission earlier Wednesday. […]

Peabody-Nominated Content Studio Project Brazen Launches Platform for “Fearless Storytelling”(Exclusive)

Project Brazen, the podcast-focused banner set up by former Wall Street Journal reporters and Billion Dollar Whale authors Bradley Hope and Tom Wright, has launched a new content platform. Brazen, unveiled Wednesday, is a direct-to-consumer podcast network for what the company describes as “fearless storytelling and captivating journalism from a wide range of creators and […]

MrBallen’s Next Podcast: A Medical Mystery Series With Wondery

John Allen, the former U.S. Navy SEAL turned hit podcaster known as MrBallen, is set to host an original audio series focused on medical horror stories and miracles that will debut later this fall. The show, MrBallen’s Medical Mysteries, is the first co-production between Wondery and Ballen Studios, Allen’s content company that struck a major […]

Paramount+ Secures “Neighborhood” in Roku City (Exclusive)

The streaming service Paramount+ has secured some prime new real estate: its own “neighborhood” in Roku City, the virtual world that serves as a home screen for Roku devices. Earlier this month Roku announced that it would be offering a new opportunity for advertisers to buy custom placement within Roku City. Paramount+ is the first […]

Netflix Password-Sharing Crackdown Begins in the U.S.

Netflix is bringing its password-sharing deterrents to the U.S. On Tuesday, the streaming giant began rolling out its paid sharing feature in the U.S., which requires that all account users must be in the same household and live in the same location as the primary account holder. Users living outside of a household will be […]

Zooey Deschanel Heads to Rebranded Max Streamer for Food Education Series With ATTN:

Zooey Deschanel isn’t here to fearmonger about food. Instead, the former New Girl star is on a quest to find answers to common questions in the kitchen to help viewers better understand the food system and make informed buying decisions at the grocery store. Beginning Tuesday, all six episodes of her new educational series, What […]

Max Loses HBO Title as Rebranded Service Launches: What to Know

This morning, Warner Bros. Discovery officially transformed HBO Max into Max. The rebranded and refreshed streaming service, which was first unveiled in April at an event on the company’s Burbank lot, features a slate of new original programming (known as Max Originals) and an updated user interface that includes content hubs for HBO and HGTV. […]

Universal Music Group Embraces AI “Soundscapes” With New Deal

Universal Music Group — the music label behind Sting, The Weeknd, Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande — has decided to embrace artificial intelligence, rather than only fight the new technology. UMG has signed a deal with sound wellness company Endel to enable its roster of artists to use proprietary AI technology to create mood music soundscapes […]

‘The Turning’ Podcast Studio Rococo Punch to Merge With Audily (Exclusive)

Rococo Punch, the independent podcast production studio behind The Turning series and Welcome to Provincetown, is merging with the full-service podcast and audiobook company Audily. Led by co-founders and public radio veterans Jessica Alpert and John Perotti, Rococo Punch will continue as a stand-alone brand within Audily. The studio will continue to develop original productions […]

MrBallen Podcast Studio Launches Management Arm

Ballen Studios, the content company from the breakout podcast creator John Allen (best known as “MrBallen”) and former Night Media talent manager Nick Witters, is launching a dedicated management arm for creators specializing in digital storytelling. At launch, Ballen Management’s roster of clients include the YouTube creators Ryan “Nexpo” Cantu (2.86 million subscribers) and Nick […]

Paramount+ Raises Price As It Adds Showtime, Sets Launch Date

The Paramount+ and Showtime bundle now has a launch date. Paramount says that it will launch its new Paramount+ with Showtime service on June 27, bringing Showtime’s programming into the main Paramount+ experience. The new tier will become the cornerstone plan for Paramount+, and will cost $11.99 per month (up from $9.99 currently for the […]

Instagram Working Again After “Technical Issue” Gets Resolved

Instagram is working again after being down upward of 90 minutes Sunday afternoon. A Meta spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter that the outage was the result of a technical issue and apologized for the problem. “Earlier today, a technical issue caused some people to have trouble accessing Instagram,” the spokesperson said. “We resolved the issue […]

With Nate Silver Exiting, ABC News Finds Its Next Data Guru in G. Elliott Morris

Less than a month after ABC News slashed the staffing at its FiveThirtyEight data-driven journalism brand, and saw founder Nate Silver announce his departure, the news division has found a new leader that will oversee FiveThirtyEight and all of ABC’s data journalism. On Friday ABC News president Kim Godwin told staff that G. Elliott Morris […]

YouTube’s Brandcast Leans on AI, the NFL and CTV

In an upfront week that saw NBCUniversal, Fox, Disney and even TelevisaUnivision tout their corporate relationships with the NFL, only YouTube got the commissioner himself.   NFL commissioner Roger Goodell took the stage at Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall during YouTube’s Brandcast event to tout the league’s Sunday Ticket deal with the video platform.   Joined by […]

‘Indiana Jones’ Films to Land at Both Disney+ and Paramount+ In New Deal

All films in the Indiana Jones franchise are coming to Disney+ later this month as part of a shared rights deal between Disney and Paramount. Though Disney acquired the future franchise rights to Indiana Jones in 2013, the first four films — Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the […]