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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

GoFundMe Teams With Director Bao Nguyen for ‘#StopAsianHate​ Together’ Film With Olivia Munn, Ken Jeong and More by Todd Spangler

In the wake of escalating violence against Asians in the U.S., crowdfunding site GoFundMe collaborated with independent film director Bao Nguyen to produce a short film that shines a light o…

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Cameo Raises $100 Million From Investors Including Amazon, Google, UTA by Todd Spangler

Cameo, the startup that lets users buy video shout-outs from celebrities, has banked $100 million in Series C funding — which the company says gives it a “unicorn” valuation of just ov…

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Monday, March 29, 2021

Why ViacomCBS Stock Has Fallen 55% in One Week by Todd Spangler

It’s been a breathtaking week for ViacomCBS investors. Shares of the media conglomerate slipped another 6.7% in regular trading Monday — and the company’s market value has now been cho…

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021

ViacomCBS Shares Sink 9% After $3 Billion Stock Sale Announcement by Todd Spangler

ViacomCBS stock dropped nearly 9.1% Tuesday, as investors exited positions on news that the media conglomerate will sell up to $3.45 billion in stock as part of funding streaming content. Th…

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ViacomCBS to Sell $3 Billion in Stock to Fuel Spending on Streaming Content by Todd Spangler

ViacomCBS is readying itself to write some bigger checks for content flowing to Paramount Plus and its other streaming properties. The company, which bowed the Paramount Plus streaming servi…

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Facebook to Launch Self-Publishing Platform for Writers, Journalists to Monetize Content by Todd Spangler

Facebook says it wants to “empower” independent writers and journalists by letting them make money from their work. The social giant on Tuesday confirmed plans to launch a new platform f…

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Friday, March 12, 2021

Netflix Password-Sharing Crackdown Could Boost Subscriber Count: Analyst by Todd Spangler

Netflix’s new test to verify subscription credentials of users — and convert password freeloaders into paying customers — could help the global streamer grow its subscriber count, acco…

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Thursday, March 11, 2021

Netflix Is Testing Log-In Warnings to Curb Unauthorized Password Sharing by Todd Spangler

Netflix may be finally getting serious about cracking down on password sharing. The streaming giant in the past week launched a new test that displays a warning to some users that says, “I…

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Monday, March 1, 2021

Roku to Acquire Nielsen’s Addressable TV Advertising Business by Todd Spangler

Roku will add a fat stack of ad tech to its streaming platform under a deal to buy Nielsen’s Advanced Video Advertising business, putting Roku in position to offer a fully addressable adve…

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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Twitter Previews ‘Super Follows,’ Which Will Let Users Charge for Exclusive Content by Todd Spangler

Ahead of its analyst day presentation, Twitter outlined an ambitious plan to double annual revenue by 2023. Most of that will continue to come from advertising — but the social network als…

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Audible Slates Broadway Video’s Scripted Comedy Podcasts Starring Keke Palmer, Pete Davidson, Bowen Yang (EXCLUSIVE) by Todd Spangler

Audible is punching up its scripted comedy podcast lineup with two new shows from Broadway Video: “Hit Job,” a high-concept workplace comedy starring Keke Palmer and “Saturday Night Li…

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Friday, February 12, 2021

Disney Plus Pops to 95 Million Paid Subscribers by Todd Spangler

Disney Plus had the wind at its back to close out 2020: The streaming service notched 94.9 million customers worldwide as of Jan. 2, 2021, the company announced. That’s up more than 8 mill…

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Thursday, February 11, 2021

Podcast-Clip Startup Podz Taps Katie Couric, Paris Hilton, Mara Schiavocampo as Investors and Advisers by Todd Spangler

Podz, a startup whose app auto-generates highlight clips of podcasts to create what it touts as the industry’s first “audio newsfeed,” has enlisted a trio of female investors and advis…

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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Tegna Buys Locked On Podcast Network, Startup Focused on Pro and College Sports Teams by Todd Spangler

Tegna wants a bigger piece of the podcast action: The TV station group announced the acquisition of Locked On Podcast Network, which produces some 160 daily shows for teams across the U.S.…

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Thursday, January 21, 2021

Poet Amanda Gorman Goes From Inauguration Star to Internet Sensation by Todd Spangler

President Joe Biden and VP Kamala Harris ostensibly were the main attractions on Inauguration Day. But Amanda Gorman stole the show with her reading of uplifting poem “The Hill We Climb,…

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Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Disney Streaming CFO Vanna Krantz Joins MasterClass as Finance Chief by Todd Spangler

Celebrity-driven online learning platform MasterClass hired Vanna Krantz, most recently chief financial officer of Disney Plus and ESPN Plus, as CFO. At Disney, Krantz built and led the fina…

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Thursday, December 31, 2020

Ticketmaster Will Pay $10 Million Fine to Settle Federal Charges It Hacked Rival’s System by Todd Spangler

Ticketmaster agreed to pay a $10 million criminal fine to avoid prosecution over charges that it illegally accessed systems of a startup rival to steal proprietary info in an attempt to “c…

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Saturday, May 18, 2019

TodayTix Banks $73 Million to Boost Theater and Arts Ticketing App by Todd Spangler

TodayTix, a Broadway-born mobile ticketing start-up, is looking to expand into a bigger global media and transaction enterprise with a capital infusion of $73 million led by private-equity f…

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Sunday, May 5, 2019

YouTube Now Has 2 Billion Monthly Users, Who Watch 250 Million Hours on TV Screens Daily by Todd Spangler

Has YouTube become the new center of gravity for primetime? That’s the narrative it wants Madison Avenue to believe — especially as it relates to coveted younger demos. The Google-owned …

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Friday, May 3, 2019

Bill and Chelsea Clinton Launch Podcast About Their Foundation by Todd Spangler

President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton are jumping on the podcasting bandwagon. The former U.S. president and his daughter, who is vice chair of the Clinton Foundation, launched a new po…

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Ellen Digital Greenlights Lea Michele and Jay Shetty Projects, Renews Ashley Graham and Kristen Bell Shows by Todd Spangler

Ellen DeGeneres’ Ellen Digital Network is bringing Lea Michele and viral star Jay Shetty into its programming lineup — doubling down on comedic and uplifting content keying off the popul…

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Scott Rogowsky Exits as HQ Trivia Host After Landing Gig at John Skipper-Led DAZN by Todd Spangler

Sorry, HQties: Scott Rogowsky has left the HQ Trivia app and isn’t coming back. For over a year and a half, Rogowsky was the regular host of HQ Trivia’s live mobile trivia games that dol…

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Disney+ to Launch in November, Priced at $6.99 Monthly by Todd Spangler

Disney+ will launch in the U.S. on Nov. 12, 2019, and will be priced at $6.99 per month, the company announced. The subscription VOD service represents Disney’s next major foray into the v…

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Natalie Portman Launches Her First Online Acting Course by Todd Spangler

Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman, star of films including “Black Swan” and “Jackie,” is launching her first-ever online class. In the class, priced at $90 for unlimited access, …

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

‘Captain Marvel’ Crowdfunding Campaign to Hold Free Theater Screenings for Girls Tops $60,000 by Todd Spangler

A crowdfunding effort to pay for free theater screenings of “Captain Marvel” for girls and young women has now raised more than $60,000, three times its original goal. Donors to cause …

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Saturday, December 1, 2018

Ariana Grande’s ‘Thank U, Next’ Video Breaks YouTube Record for Most Views in 24 Hours by Todd Spangler

Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next” video is a bona fide overnight sensation: It has smashed YouTube’s all-time record for most views in the first 24 hours of release. Th…

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Ariana Grande Concert Tour Documentary Series Launch Set on YouTube Premium by Todd Spangler

A behind-the-scenes look at Ariana Grande’s Dangerous Woman Tour is coming to the YouTube Premium subscription service. The four-part “Ariana Grande: Dangerous Woman Diaries̶…

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Disney’s Glendale Games Studio Transfers to Jam City, Which Plans to Create Game for ‘Frozen 2’ by Todd Spangler

Disney entered into a deal with mobile-games studio Jam City to develop titles based on Pixar and Walt Disney Animation franchises — including one tied to next year’s “Froz…

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Ariana Grande Using Snapchat to Launch ‘Sweetener’ Merchandise via a Shoppable Selfie Lens by Todd Spangler

Ariana Grande is revealing new merchandise tied to her new album, “Sweetener,” exclusively on Snapchat with a custom selfie Lens — which also will let fans purchase the pro…

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Marc Hustvedt, Ex-CEO of Above Average, Joins Fine Brothers Entertainment (EXCLUSIVE) by Todd Spangler

Internet-video veteran Marc Hustvedt is leaving Above Average, the digital comedy brand formed by Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video, to join Fine Brothers Entertainment as CEO. Fine Broth…

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Atom Tickets Inks Landmark Theatres Pact for Online Movie Ticketing by Todd Spangler

Atom Tickets is expanding its online-ticketing network to include Landmark Theatres, allowing the studio-backed startup to sell tickets for the indie-film exhibitor’s 53 theaters with …

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Oct 17, 2019: The Sound Inside - Studio 54
Feb 01, 2020: The Minutes
Mar 31, 2020: Diana - Longacre Theatre
Apr 19, 2020: Sing Street - Lyceum Theatre
Dec 16, 2021: Diana - Longacre Theatre