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  • “Squid Game” is Netflix’s Inc.’s biggest title at launch, with 111 million global accounts having watched at least two minutes of the Korean-language series in its first 17 days on the platform, Netflix said. “Squid Game,” now the first Netflix original to be seen by more than 100 million accounts in its first 28 days, has been No. 1 in Netflix’s U.S. Top 10 for three weeks. (The Verge
  • Netflix reinstated Terra Field, the transgender software engineer who criticized Dave Chappelle’s comedy special for the platform, “The Closer,” and reportedly crashed a Netflix leadership meeting. Netflix said Field was not suspended for her tweets about “The Closer” and that it was clear Field did not join the leadership meeting with “any ill intent.” (The New York Times)
  • Goldenvoice’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and Stagecoach Festival will not require attendees of next year’s events to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and will instead allow concertgoers to show a negative test taken within 72 hours of the event or proof of vaccination, according to social media posts, a change from the requirements it announced in August. The Anschutz Entertainment Group, Goldenvoice’s owner, previously mandated vaccines for all people in attendance at its events, but a spokesperson said “the company was aligned on this change.” (Rolling Stone)
 

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General
 

IATSE Says Studios Refusing to Do What Is Needed to Avoid a Strike

Gene Maddaus, Variety 

An official with IATSE told members on Tuesday that the studios are refusing to make the necessary concessions to avoid a strike, although negotiations are still underway.

 

All That Zaz: With Warner Bros. Discovery Merger, David Zaslav Is Angling To Become America’s King Of Content

Joe Pompeo, Vanity Fair 

David Zaslav’s face lit up as the SUV approached the lot. It was around 8 a.m. on Tuesday, June 1, 70-something degrees and sunny in Burbank, California, where Zaslav was arriving for his first-ever visit to one of the world’s most storied entertainment studios.

 

Hasbro’s Longtime Chairman Brian Goldner Dies at 58

Brian Eckhouse and Christopher Palmeri, Bloomberg 

Hasbro Inc. said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Brian Goldner, who helped the company overtake longtime rival Mattel Inc. and steered the toymaker deeper into Hollywood, has died. He was 58.

 

Opening, ticket prices announced for Peppa Pig theme park

The Associated Press

A standalone Peppa Pig theme park at the Legoland Florida Resort is set to open Feb. 24, park officials announced Tuesday. Officials also announced ticket prices.

 

Jay-Z Invests In Cannabis Payment Company Flowhub

Will Yakowicz, Forbes

Billionaire hip-hop artist and entrepreneur Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter has made another investment in the cannabis industry. But instead of selling $50 hand-rolled joints, his most recent investment is in a tech company that helps marijuana dispensaries process payments.

 

Skechers dumps former Raiders coach Jon Gruden as brand ambassador after homophobic, misogynistic emails surface

Lorenzo Reyes, USA Today 

In the fallout from former Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden’s resignation that stemmed from leaked emails in which he used homophobic and misogynistic language, at least one company that Gruden endorses is backing out of its agreement with him.

 

New York Commercial Real Estate Rides Production Boom

Kathy A. McDonald, Variety 

Fully booked production facilities are one bright spot in New York City’s commercial real estate landscape.

 

Screen Time Increased 60% During Covid Shutdowns With “Profoundly Negative Impacts,” According To UCLA-Led Study

Tom Tapp, Deadline

News flash: Americans drank more, smoked more, watched more TV and exercised less during the recent pandemic-related business closures and stay-at-home orders, according to a UCLA-led study released today.

 
Film
 

What Does the Next Era of James Bond Look Like?

Lex Pryor, The Ringer 

The first set piece in “No Time to Die” begins with a bang and ends with a chase.

 

Do the Memes Help the Movies?

Jameson Rich, The New York Times

The cultural anthropologist Ernest Becker once wrote that “in his greatest genius, man is still mocked.” This sentiment might be of some comfort to the actor Ben Platt, who has lately served as a punching bag in certain districts of the internet.

 
Television
 

TV Ads in Flux: $60B in Limbo Amid Changing Viewer Habits and Nielsen Upheaval

Alex Weprin, The Hollywood Reporter 

To hear TV executives tell it, the advertising business couldn’t be better.

 

As ESPN Welcomes Back the NHL, It Targets New—and Younger—Audiences

Mollie Cahillane, Adweek 

The National Hockey League is back on Disney-owned networks for the first time in 17 years as the new season begins today, and the company is ready to take full advantage of its expansive rights deal.

 

Bobby Flay Wanted a $100M Contract to Stay with Food Network: ‘Strictly Business,’ Says Source

Dave Quinn, PEOPLE

Bobby Flay’s 27 years with the Food Network came to an end over money, a source close to the celebrity chef’s team tells PEOPLE. On Friday, news broke that Flay, 56, would be parting ways with the network once his current three-year contract expires at the end of this year.

 

How Shondaland Aims to Own the ‘Future of Television’ With Hits Like Bridgerton

Mollie Cahillane, Adweek

In 2005, Shonda Rhimes’ production company Shondaland had its first series, the medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy,” premiered on ABC. Eighteen seasons, 16 years and 10 other TV series later, Rhimes is set on taking over television’s next frontier.

 

G4 Sets Relaunch Date for Linear TV and Streaming

Tim Baysinger, The Wrap 

The rebooted G4 has set its relaunch date. The gaming network, which is making a comeback after 8 years, will launch on Nov. 16.

 

‘Walking Dead’ Anthology Series ‘Tales of the Walking Dead’ Ordered at AMC

Joe Otterson, Variety 

AMC has officially greenlit the episodic anthology series “Tales of the Walking Dead.” The show’s six-episode first season is slated to debut on AMC and AMC Plus in summer 2022.

 

Request for Tucker Carlson’s Performance Review Is ‘Intrusive,’ Judge Says

Erik Larson, Bloomberg 

The judge in Dominion Voting Systems Inc.’s $1.6 billion defamation suit against Fox News balked at ordering the network to turn over performance reviews of Tucker Carlson and other hosts who aired false election-fraud claims.

 
Technology and New Media
 

How ViacomCBS’ Netflix Experiment Helped ‘Evil’ Shift Homes From CBS to Paramount+

Kelsey Sutton, Adweek 

When the supernatural thriller series “Evil” premiered on CBS in September 2019, it became an instantly acclaimed hit among critics, who praised the writing and performances on the chilling series.

 

Will Success Keep ‘Ted Lasso’ From Sticking to Its Three-Season Plan? 

Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter 

“Ted Lasso” has always been an underdog story. The comedy based on a series of 2013 NBC Sports promotional videos was shopped to and passed over by at least three outlets before Apple wagered a bet in late 2019 and picked up the fish out of water comedy as part of its pre-launch buying spree.

 

Sports Streaming Rights Prove Valuable in Period of Disruption

Rafael Canton, Adweek 

The rise of streaming has altered the sports television landscape as much as any other programming. Rights to sports content are an important factor in the success of building a streaming platform that can appeal to wider audiences.

 

This company is revolutionizing TV through TikTok

KC Ifeanyi, Fast Company 

In 2015, Ilan Benjamin premiered his choose-your-own-adventure murder mystery Virtual Morality. The three-episode web series challenged the viewer to figure out who killed a popular high school student or die trying.

 

Vudu Launches Oculus App, Becomes Movie and TV Store for Facebook’s VR Devices

Todd Spangler, Variety 

In the mood to watch a movie or binge a TV series via a headset strapped to your face? You’re in luck!

 

The creator economy is failing to spread the wealth

Sara Fischer, Axios 

The creator economy was supposed to democratize media, but it turns out that a small portion of creators still reap the most revenue for their work across multiple platforms.

 

Epic finally admits that its Imposters mode was ‘inspired’ by Among Us

Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge 

Fortnite’s Imposter mode is an “Among Us” clone in all but name, but nearly two months later, Epic Games is finally acknowledging in today’s patch notes what was clear from the start: Imposters was “inspired by ‘Among Us’ from Innersloth.”

 

New York Times Tests New App as a Home for Audio Journalism

Gerry Smith, Bloomberg

The New York Times Co. is testing an app that brings together the company’s audio journalism, creating a single destination for listeners of its podcasts and other products.

 

Spotify expands its in-house podcasts with two more shows focused on artists and creators

Sarah Perez, TechCrunch 

Last year, Spotify decided to embrace podcasts as part of the company’s larger communications strategy with the launch of its behind-the-scenes podcast, “Spotify: For the Record,” which has featured interviews with Spotify execs, employees and industry experts about music, tech and podcasting.

 
Music
 

KKR-led group close to $1.1bn deal for rights to The Weeknd and Lorde hits

Anna Nicolaou et al., Financial Times

Acquisition would be latest in a private equity-fuelled land rush for music catalogues. 

 

Blackstone Unveils Music Investment Deal With Merck Mercuriadis

Lucas Shaw and Liana Baker, Bloomberg 

Blackstone Inc. is partnering with music manager Merck Mercuriadis to invest about $1 billion in acquiring music rights and song catalogs.

 

Kacey Musgraves’ ‘Star-Crossed’ Excluded From Grammys Country Album Category

Marissa R. Moss, Rolling Stone 

Since her debut album “Same Trailer Different Park” won the Grammy Award for Best Country Album in 2014, Kacey Musgraves has been a mainstay in the category — nominated again in 2016 for “Pageant Material,” and winning for “Golden Hour” in 2019.

 
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