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Netflix Fired Comms Chief Jonathan Friedland Over His Use Of The N-Word

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(UPDATED throughout with new information) Netflix’s long-time communications chief and former journalist was ousted today for using the ultimate derogatory term for African-Americans on what we now know was two separate occasions. Chief Executive Reed Hastings sent an awkward email to Netflix employees saying he had fired the chief communications officer, Jonathan Friedland, for showing an “unacceptably low racial awareness and sensitivity” that is out of line with the… Read

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Michelle Wolf Blasts TV News’ Staged-Outrage Coverage Of Donald Trump’s Washington

Michelle Wolf, chastised by White House correspondents for her appearance at their annual dinner gala, continues punching back, on Sunday’s new edition of her Netflix show The Break. TV News used to be so lame. It used to be just Walter Cronkite saying boring things like ‘The President has been shot.” “Thankfully that's not news any more. News got a sexy glow-up”  and now has “all the drama and substance and Botox of a Real Housewives wine fight,” she said. Among examples… Read

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YouTube Announces New Ways For Creators To Make Money – VidCon

YouTube used the giant megaphone that is VidCon to announce new ways for creators to make money, in addition to advertising. Chief Product Officer Neal Mohan said YouTube will offer expanded merchandising opportunities and allow users to begin charging monthly channel memberships. The news comes on the heels of similar announcements this week from Facebook and Instagram, all aimed at rewarding creators. “The vast majority of the revenue is coming from our advertising… Read

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Randall Stephenson Talks AT&T’s Next Chapter As “Modern Media Company”

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson talked the telecommunications giant’s transformation into a “modern media company,” and laid out his plans for the future — including investing in content and capitalizing on technology to deliver entertainment in new ways. In a morning keynote at the Wells Fargo Securities 2918 Telecom 5G forum in New York, Stephenson offered an upbeat assessment of the company’s prospects now that its $85 billion deal to acquire Time Warner Inc. has finally… Read

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Nickelodeon To Produce Animated TV Show ‘Pinky Malinky’ For Netflix

Nickelodeon will produce Pinky Malinky, a new animated series for Netflix based on its character, as Viacom’s cable networks begin to develop shows for digital outlets and other third parties. This new strategy, which Viacom dubs the “studio model,” marks an attempt to take advantage of streaming services and mobile carriers to capture audiences that can’t be found on pay TV. Viacom’s six flagship networks — MTV, Comedy Central, BET  among them — will begin identifying… Read

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AT&T To Launch Its WatchTV ‘Skinny Bundle’ Video Streaming Service

A week after closing its deal to acquire Time Warner, AT&T unveiled a new video service called WatchTV that seeks to capture the millions of consumers who’ve severed the pay TV cord — or never subscribed in the first place. The skinny bundle of programming will be available for as little as $15 a month, and offered free to AT&T customers with certain unlimited data plans. WatchTV will offer a bundle of some 30 television channels, including newly acquired CNN, TNT and… Read

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Tyler Perry OTT Service Eyed By Viacom – Cannes Lions

In summer 2017, Tyler Perry signed a mega-deal with Viacom that covers film, TV and short-form video. As his exclusive arrangement with OWN nears its conclusion next year, Perry talked about the Viacom play today at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity and revealed discussions for a Tyler Perry OTT service as part of the deal while also touching on diversity and plugging his Atlanta-based Tyler Perry Studios. A key factor in Perry's decision to leave OWN… Read

International

Netflix Makes First European Overall Series Deal, Inking With ‘Dark’ Duo

Netflix has signed its first European overall series deal. The streamer has signed with Jantje Friese and Baran bo Odar, the German duo behind Dark, which the company says is one of its most-watched entirely non-English shows. The pair will produce new series and projects for Netflix's 125 million members worldwide. "The promise of Netflix is entertainment transcending borders — where a hit show can come from anywhere in the world,” said Erik Barmack, VP International… Read

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‘Llama Llama’ Renewed For Season 2 On Netflix; Jennifer Garner Leads Voice Cast

Netflix has ordered a second season of Llama Llama, its animated series from Genius Brands InternationalJennifer Garner leads the voice cast of the preschooler toon, which premiered in January in 20 countries. Based on the book series by author and illustrator Anna Dewdney, Llama Llama is about first childhood experiences and adventures as well as the special connections between Llama (Shayle Simons), his Mama (Garner) and his grandparents. It tells stories of life in a… Read

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Comcast Would Shed Fox’s 30% Stake In Hulu To Win Regulatory Approval

Comcast is prepared to make concessions, including shedding Fox’s stake in the online streaming service Hulu, in order to win regulatory approval for its $65 billion offer to acquire most of 21st Century Fox’s film and television assets, according to sources. The U.S. cable giant, in a competing bid submitted yesterday, promised to match any of the remedies The Walt Disney Co. offered to gain regulatory approval for its $52.4 billion offer to buy Fox. Disney’s offer of… Read

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Barbra Streisand’s TV Concert Specials & Special Edition Of 1976’s ‘A Star Is Born’ To Launch Friday On Netflix – Update

UPDATED, 6:38 PM: Netflix said tonight that the “special edition” of Barbra Streisand’s 1976 film A Star Is Born and all of her TV concert specials will start streaming Friday, June 15. PREVIOUSLY, June 10: Barbra Streisand and Netflix announced a new content deal tonight at the closing Netflix FYSee event in which the superstar appeared in conversation with Jamie Foxx at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood on behalf of her concert special Barbra: The Music … The Mem’ries … The M… Read

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Emmys: Barbra Streisand On Final (?) Concert TV Special; New Movie, Book & Album; And Why She Really Just Wants To Direct – Interview

“Did you like my dog film, my little dog film?” Barbra Streisand asked when I began our interview about Barbra: The Music… The Mem’ries… The Magic! — her latest TV project and Emmy contender in the Variety categories. This is the nearly two-hour show that came at the end of what she indicated at the time likely was her last concert tour, and the poignant film tribute (added to the close of the special) to her late dog Sammie, who always traveled with her on the tours… Read