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Young Consumers Show Some Interest in Streaming Services’ Merch
As the holiday shopping season unofficially kicks off this weekend, streaming services are hoping subscribers will take advantage of recently launched online stores to find the perfect present for the Netflix, Hulu or Disney+ super fan in their lives.
YouTube is reportedly having discussions with media companies, including Brat TV, Vox Media Inc. and Pocket.Watch, about adding their channels to its YouTubeTV subscription service as the video platform looks to capture more advertising dollars, which it would share with the media companies, according to people familiar with the talks. A YouTube spokesperson declined to comment on the discussions, but confirmed the company is focusing more on its TV offerings. (The Information)
Jon Batiste, musical director on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” led all artists with 11 Grammy nominations, including nods for album and record of the year, while Doja Cat and H.E.R. each claimed eight, and Olivia Rodrigo earned seven, including one for best new artist. (New York magazine) The “Big 4” categories — best new artist, along with album, song and record of the year — were each expanded from eight nominees to 10, a decision that accounts for the increased volume of new releases in the streaming age, according to Harvey Mason Jr., chief executive of the Recording Academy. (The New York Times)
Activision Blizzard Inc. is launching a new Workplace Responsibility Committee led by two independent directors which will aim to eliminate workplace harassment and discrimination, according to an announcement from the company’s board of directors. The committee will provide progress reports and help add a “new, diverse director” to the board. (The Verge)
Tatiana Siegel and Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter
It wasn’t too long ago that power brokers rushed to distance themselves from the country after the killing of columnist Jamal Khashoggi. Now it’s hosting a star-studded film festival and backing big-budget features with U.S. talent.
Movie-theater chain Regal Cinemas is the latest to add cryptocurrencies as a form payment. The company, which has more than 500 theaters, will accept dozens of digital payments — including bitcoin, ethereum, litecoin, dogecoin, USD Coin and Basic Attention Token, among others — through the Flexa network, Regal said in a Tuesday statement.
Hollywood flocked to central Europe during the pandemic when film producers there were allowed to keep the cameras rolling, making the region an irresistible draw for streaming giants captivated by castles and tax breaks.
The Motion Picture Association posted a $4.2 million deficit in 2020, as the trade association adjusted to its traditional six-member roster, according to the latest tax filing with the Internal Revenue Service.
This year’s Turkey Day just might give another bird a boost. NBCUniversal-owned streaming service Peacock is hoping to get a big viewership bump on Thanksgiving Day this year when it simulcasts NBC’s tentpole programming events, looking to grab its share of eyeballs on what is consistently one of TV’s biggest viewing days each year.
While touting new platforms (think: CNN+ or Fox Nation), top broadcast and cable executives are incentivized to protect the linear status quo, given that’s where the money is — even if it’s a rapidly declining business model.
Earlier this month, Netflix’s new gaming service became globally available across both iOS and Android with a debut lineup that included two “Stranger Things”-themed games and a few more casual gaming titles.
A former IT security analyst at Sony PlayStation filed a lawsuit against the company in California on Monday, alleging gender discrimination and wrongful termination after speaking up “about discrimination against females” at the gaming giant.
Dua Lipa has a lot of ideas, and starting next year the “Levitating” singer plans to share them with the DL Nation. On Tuesday (Nov. 23), she announced the early 2022 launch of Service95, described as a “global style, culture, and society concierge service created to help the reader make sense of the world.”
Off the top of your head, try to recall the names of the women behind the most notorious missing persons cases. It’s likely they’ll include Elizabeth Smart, Gabby Petito, Laci Peterson or Natalee Holloway — all tragic disappearances that garnered nationwide media attention.