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ViacomCBS, Sinclair Strike Multi-Year Affiliation Deal

Posted: 06-30-2020 | Author: Staff Report
The Hollywood Reporter reports: “ViacomCBS and TV station giant Sinclair Broadcast Group unveiled a multi-year renewal of CBS network affiliations for eight Sinclair stations.” Read more

Niantic partners with Sleep No More creator to build immersive AR theater experiences

Posted: 06-30-2020 | Author: Staff Report
The Verge reports: “Pokémon Go creator Niantic Labs is partnering with Punchdrunk, the New York City-based production company behind seminal immersive theater piece Sleep No More. The partnership will see both companies work toward “developing multiple projects that will reinvent storytelling for a 21st century audience and further expand the horizon of interactive entertainment.”’ Read […]

Koji raises $10 million so you can remix games and interactive content for social media

Posted: 06-30-2020 | Author: Staff Report
VentureBeat reports: “Koji has raised $10 million for its platform for creating interactive social media posts. It’s a remix tool that anyone can use to make and share interactive selfies, memes, and games.” Read more

India Bans TikTok, WeChat, Tencent’s QQ Music, 56 More Apps

Posted: 06-30-2020 | Author: Staff Report
Hypebot reports: “India has 59 apps from Chinese companies, including TikTok, WeChat and Tencent’s QQ music. India is reportedly TikTok’s biggest market outside of China.” Read more

Netflix to Shift Cash to Banks Supporting Black Communities

Posted: 06-30-2020 | Author: Staff Report
The Hollywood Reporter reports: “Netflix is looking to tackle systemic racism by shifting some of its cash holdings to financial institutions that support Black communities in the U.S.” Read more

Amazon Prime Video Launches ‘Watch Party’ Feature, Letting Up to 100 People Stream Together

Posted: 06-30-2020 | Author: Staff Report
Variety reports: “Amazon’s Prime Video has jumped into the “Watch Party” pool — a streaming trend that has gained momentum during the coronavirus crisis.” Read more

Disney’s deepfakes are getting closer to a big-screen debut

Posted: 06-29-2020 | Author: Staff Report
The Verge reports: “How close are deepfakes to being used in big-budget films and TV shows? Pretty damn close, if a new demo from Disney is anything to go by.” Read more

Artlist Raises $48M Led By KKR

Posted: 06-29-2020 | Author: Staff Report
Hypebot reports: “Artlist, a royalty-free library of music, sound effects and video for video content, has raised $48 million.” Read more

Thanks to Lack of Sports, Advertising Revenue for U.S. Media Plummeted 31% in May

Posted: 06-29-2020 | Author: Staff Report
Variety reports: “Advertisers are spending less to get their messages in front of the U.S. consumer base, thanks to fewer big media spectacles to which they can attach.” Read more

Facebook Ad Boycott Is “a Big Nothing” in Terms of Financials, Analysts Say

Posted: 06-29-2020 | Author: Staff Report
The Hollywood Reporter reports: “A growing advertising boycott of Facebook and its Instagram unit over the social media giant’s handling of racism, violence and misinformation on its platform has been getting much attention, but Evercore ISI analysts Kevin Rippey and Lee Horowitz say it is “a big nothing for the fundamentals” of the company.” Read […]