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Kim Dotcom Loses U.S. Extradition Appeal, But Claims Victory In Copyright Ruling

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New Zealand's High Court has partially upheld an earlier decision that Megaupload co-founder Kim Dotcom and three of the site's other co-founders are eligible for extradition to the U.S. The High Court said today that there are grounds for Dotcom and co-defendants Finn Batato, Mathias Ortmann and Bram van der Kolk, to be extradited under "general criminal-law fraud" provisions. However, the court overturned another part of a lower court's December 2015 ruling, saying the… Read

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Launches Its First Snapchat Show, ‘Boycott’

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Saturday Night Live has unveiled its first-ever Snapchat show, branded SNL Stories’ "Boycott." Written by SNL co-head writers Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider, and SNL cast member Aidy Bryant, and directed by Paul Briganti, the video short features Bryant, and fellow cast members Beck Bennett and Bobby Moynihan. Bryant and Bennett are a couple attempting to boycott products associated with Donald Trump, only they discover it’s much harder than they thought. The video was… Read

International

Keshet’s INTV To Bring Jeff Zucker, Dana Walden, Hugh Laurie & More To Jerusalem

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EXCLUSIVE: After sitting out 2016, INTV, the television and media conference that's organized by Israel's Keshet Media Group, is gearing up for a March rendez-vous in Jerusalem. Among the senior U.S. executives who’ll be in town to discuss challenges and changes facing the industry are CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker, Fox Television Group CEO Dana Walden and NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke. The Night Manager team of star Hugh Laurie, director Susanne Bier… Read

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Verizon Axes 155 Go90 Staffers; Streaming Service Targets Millennials

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Confirming the layoffs of 155 Go90 employees, Verizon says the company remains “committed to rapidly enhancing our existing online video products and delivering new products." "Our focus with go90 and our Verizon digital media efforts are to fulfill our strategy of leveraging Verizon content investments, enhancing user experience and strengthening our advertising infrastructure,” the company said in a statement. “Fulfilling this strategy has resulted in some duplicative… Read

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Dick Clark Productions Partners With Twitter For Red Carpet Coverage Of Billboard Awards, ACMs And AMAs

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dick clark productions is teaming up with Twitter once again to offer live streamed red carpet coverage of the 2017 Academy of Country Music Awards, 2017 Billboard Music Awards and 2017 American Music Awards exclusively on the social media platform. Produced by dick clark productions and dcp partners, the red carpet content will be available globally for all logged in and logged out users on all devices supporting Twitter. The 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards will be… Read

TV

‘Scandal’ Spinoff ‘Gladiator’ Digital Series Launches On ABC.com

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A week before the season 6 premiere of Scandal, ABC has launched a six-part digital series spinoff Scandal: Gladiator Wanted, produced by Shondaland and ABC Studios. Scandal series regular Darby Stanchfield makes her directorial debut with the series, which stars Scandal cast members Guillermo Diaz, Katie Lowes, Cornelius Smith Jr. and George Newbern. In the series, written by Juan Carlos Fernandez, Huck (Diaz), Quinn (Lowes) and Marcus (Smith) are tasked with finding an… Read

Business

Alibaba Group Becomes Worldwide Olympic Games Partner Through 2028 – Davos

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Jack Ma’s Alibaba Group and the International Olympic Committee used the World Economic Forum as a platform today to announce a historic and long-term deal which sees the Chinese e-commerce giant become IOC’s Worldwide Olympic Partner through 2028. Under the digital pact, Alibaba will be the IOC’s official cloud services and e-commerce platform services partner, as well as a founding partner of the Olympic Channel. For Ma, the move falls in line with his strategy for… Read

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‘SNL’ Takes On ‘The Bachelor’, Bearded And Brainless; “Shondra & Malik” Short Continues Show’s Digital Winning Streak

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Politics was absent from two of the better Saturday Night Live skits last night, unless we’re including sexual politics. The first, titled “Beard Hunk,” is a take-down of The Bachelor, with one vacuous female hopeful after another (“sorry, can I steal him for a sec?”) flirting for the attention of the equally vacant, no-prize dude of the title (Beck Bennett, with sculpted facial hair). “I have a twin sister and this is really hard to tell you,” says one¬†bachelorette… Read

Business

TF1, Mediaset Take Stakes In ProSieben’s Studio71 With 53M Euro Investment

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France’s leading commercial network TF1, and Italian broadcaster Mediaset, have taken minority stakes in Studio71, the media studio and multi-channel network of the ProSiebenSat.1 Group. The companies are putting in a combined investment of 53M euros ($56.4M) at a valuation of approximately 400M euros ($425.7M). ProSiebenSat.1 will retain about 70% of the shares in Studio71. The deal gives Studio71 access to key European markets where the online video market is picking up… Read

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Peter Bart: How Content Creators Are Exploited By Monoliths Apple, Google, Facebook

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Taylor Swift performs on the eve of the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix auto race at Circuit of the Americas, in Austin, Texas
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Will Taylor Swift ultimately emerge as a role model for musicians, writers and other artists toiling in the pastures of pop culture? This could become reality because the pop megastar took on a role usually assumed by investigative journalists: She decided to "follow the money." So when she discovered Apple was prepared to give away her songs for free (no royalties) in a promotion for its streaming service, Swift told Apple, "I don't ask for free iPhones, so why free… Read

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Disney Merges Maker Studio Into Content & Media Biz Unit; Courtney Holt Gets New Gig

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The situation at Maker Studios shifted into a new mode today with parent company Disney now melding the digital operation into its content and media business division and boss Courtney Holt now being made an EVP Media and Strategy at the House of Mouse. "In the weeks to come, you'll hear more about how the teams will come together around an integrated digital content strategy – both domestically and internationally," Holt said Tuesday in a memo sent to staff announcing… Read

Film

Woody Harrelson Writes, Directs & Stars In Live-Event Film ‘Lost In London’ With Owen Wilson & Willie Nelson

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Here's a first: Woody Harrelson is set to direct and star in a live feature film event Lost In London LIVE in January. Harrelson, who also wrote the project, will be joined by¬†Owen Wilson and Willie Nelson in the film, which will be shot in London and broadcast live to U.S movie theaters, giving audiences the chance to watch a film shot in real time. The film, which will be shot and broadcast on January 19, 2017, is loosely based on a crazy night full of real-life events… Read