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Josh Richards to Create and Produce TV Shows for Amazon Studios Under First-Look Deal

Josh Richards, the TikTok star and co-founder of CrossCheck Studios, will create and produce TV content exclusively for Amazon Studios under a first-look deal, the company said on Thursday. It’s not immediately clear what kind of shows Richards will be creating and producing for the studio, but an Amazon Studios spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter that the […]

‘Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition’ Video Game Restored for Consoles, Steam Arrives

The 1997 point-and-click adventure title Blade Runner has arrived in a restored “enhanced edition.” Independent video game publisher Nightdive Studios, known for restoring classic video games such as System Shock and Turok: Dinosaur Hunter, partnered with production company Alcon Entertainment to bring the classic game, based on the iconic 1982 film, back to fans via […]

Netflix Cuts 300 Employees in New Round of Layoffs

Netflix has cut an additional 300 employees — around 3 percent of its workforce — marking the latest round of major layoffs at the beleaguered streaming giant. “Both Ted and I regret not seeing our slowing revenue growth earlier so we could have ensured a more gradual readjustment of the business,” read a note sent […]

Jay Chandrasekhar Launches “Revenge App” to Give Power of Reviews, Recommendations Back to People

To fully understand why comedy guru Jay Chandrasekhar launched a new app called Vouch Vault, the filmmaker digs deep in his memory vault to recall the events surrounding the 2001 Sundance Film Festival. His raucous comedy Super Troopers — about five prank-loving Vermont state troopers who try to save their jobs by outdoing the local […]

Keanu Reeves and Partner Alexandra Grant Want to Make NFTs — and the Metaverse Itself — More Inclusive

What does art look like in an intangible digital space? Alexandra Grant, along with her partner, Keanu Reeves, is determined to help her fellow artists answer that question. The two are advisers for The Futureverse Foundation, a new charitable initiative designed to encourage artists to participate in the internet’s next frontier by creating work to […]

NBCUniversal Ad Sales Chief Linda Yaccarino to Co-Host Podcast for iHeartMedia

NBCUniversal ad sales and partnerships chairman Linda Yaccarino is adding another job to her plate: Podcast host. The veteran media executive will co-host an interview podcast called Sunday Supper alongside Laura Correnti, a partner at the full service marketing firm Giant Spoon. “With warmth, sweetness, and a healthy dose of spice, this podcast will invite […]

Google News Reopens in Spain After 8-Year Break, Drops Ad Revenue Fight in France

European publishers have celebrated a pair of major victories this week in their years-long battle to get Google and other news aggregators to pay for using snippets of of their news. On Wednesday, Google parent company Alphabet announced it was reopening Google News in Spain, eight years after it shut down the service because of […]

Instagram, Facebook to Delay Taking Commission From Creators to 2024

Instagram and Facebook will begin taking a cut of creators’ revenues in 2024, a year later than originally planned, according to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The two social platforms will take a commission from offerings like fan subscriptions, paid events, badges and the company’s newsletter platform and Substack competitor Bulletin, where creators currently get to […]

Don’t Expect Streaming Revenue to Keep Up Its Rapid Growth Rate

The U.S. market that includes streaming services is expected to slow down over the next five years, according to PwC’s annual Global Entertainment & Media Outlook. In 2021, the market for over-the-top video services, which refers to internet-based streaming providers such as Netflix, Disney+ and HBO Max, as well as platforms that allow users to buy or rent […]

The Obamas’ Higher Ground Leaves Spotify for Audible Multiyear Deal

The Obamas’ Higher Ground has struck an exclusive, multiyear first-look deal with Audible, marking a major win for the Amazon-owned audio company as it continues on a streak of production deals with high-profile talent in Hollywood. The move to Audible follows Higher Ground’s exit from Spotify, where the production company — founded by Barack and […]

Bloomberg Taps Kal Penn to Host Climate Change Series (Exclusive)

Actor Kal Penn will host a weekly show about climate change for Bloomberg’s Quicktake streaming service, part of a new slate of programming from Bloomberg Green. The show, Getting Warmer With Kal Penn, will focus on the intersection of climate, clean energy and business, and will premiere in October 2022. Penn will travel the country […]

Elton John to Auction Rocket Man Jadu Hoverboard NFT to Raise Funds for Elton John AIDS Foundation

Elton John has partnered with augmented reality platform Jadu and NFT company Sweet to auction a one-of-a-kind Rocket Man Jadu Hoverboard NFT to raise money for his Elton John AIDS Foundation. The move, which according to the press release “announces [John’s] entrance into web3,” aka a new iteration of the internet that has cryptocurrencies and […]