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As Media Reckons With AI Giants, Another Major Publisher Takes the Money

Axel Springer became the latest media company to partner with AI, as news organizations grapple with how best to use the technology while protecting jobs and their financial position.  The German media company announced a partnership Wednesday with OpenAI’s ChaptGPT, in which ChatGPT will pull from content from Axel Springer’s brands, including Politico, Business Insider, […]

Why Google Added a Taylor Swift Easter Egg to Its Most Searched Doodle Game

If you played around with Google’s “Most Searched Playground” game, you may have stumbled on a surprise: A treasure hunt (Taylor’s Version). The search engine’s interactive Google Doodle featured an interactive element, letting users hunt around for the most searched people, places and things of the last 25 years. “It’s a bit akin to Where’s […]

Letterboxd Adds Film Showtimes in Push to Get Users to Movie Theaters (Exclusive)

Since its founding in 2011, Letterboxd has carved out a niche as a social platform for cinephiles. Now it wants to use that platform to get people off their computers and back to movie theaters. The film discussion and review platform is adding showtimes for paid patron members in the U.S., U.K., Ireland, Australia, Canada […]

Netflix Plans Sonic the Hedgehog, ‘Squid Game’ Video Games As It Expands Slate to Familiar IP

Netflix is not slowing down on its video game ambitions, leaning on some key intellectual property to help it grow the business. The company on Wednesday published a post looking ahead to 2024 and beyond, and announcing a number of new titles coming to the platform. Among the games in the works are a new […]

Ava DuVernay Joins MasterClass Roster With Course on Filmmaking (Exclusive)

Award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay is giving an up-close view of her work on the set of Origin in a new course on MasterClass — and The Hollywood Reporter has a first look at the teaser. DuVernay’s class “Reframe Your Thinking” will launch in early 2024. In the class, DuVernay shares how the skills she uses to […]

Google Leans On Pop Culture as It Looks Back on 25 Years of Search

Google is celebrating the last 25 years of its search engine, and it is leaning on a heavy dose of pop culture to help it do so. The tech giant on Monday released a video celebrating the most searched topics, people and events of the last 25 years. And while there was plenty of newsworthy […]

Netflix Plans Live Tennis Match Between Carlos Alcaraz and Rafael Nadal in Sports Expansion

Netflix is serving up more live sports. The streaming giant on Monday announced a live exhibition tennis match between two of the sport’s biggest stars: 22-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal facing off against world No. 2 Carlos Alcaraz. The match is being branded as The Netflix Slam, and will be held on March 3, […]

Disney+ and Hulu Combined Own Most Popular Titles in U.S.: Study

With the Walt Disney Co. having struck a deal with Comcast to acquire full control of Hulu, the Hollywood giant is planning to bring the streamer under one umbrella with its Disney+. That is a winning formula, according to a new study by Ampere Analytics, which found that the combined streaming service would own more […]

Tucker Carlson to Launch Streaming Video Platform ‘Tucker Carlson Network’

Tucker Carlson is planning his own streaming service, the Tucker Carlson Network, TCN for short. The former Fox News host is expected to officially launch the service Monday after teasing it over the weekend. Carlson is expected to discuss TCN on Megyn Kelly’s SiriusXM show Monday. According to Carlson’s website, the service will cost $9 […]

Disney+ Launches Hulu Hub in Bid to Boost In-House Bundle

Only Murders in the Building and The Bear, meet The Mandalorian and Loki. Hulu content is now available on Disney+, with the company officially adding a Hulu tile to its homepage Wednesday, placing it alongside brands like Marvel, Pixar, Disney and Star Wars. The tile will be available to anyone with both a Disney+ and […]

Satirist Andy Borowitz Out at The New Yorker Amid Cost Cuts

In a sign of how serious the cost-cutting efforts are at Condé Nast, The New Yorker has parted ways with longtime contributor and satirist Andy Borowitz. The humorist acknowledged the cuts on his Facebook page. “Dear readers, IF I MAY BE SERIOUS: Because of its financial difficulties, The New Yorker has been forced to cut […]

Apple Names Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ ‘Wiser Than Me’ Its Podcast of the Year

Julia Louis-Dreyfus can add another award to her trophy case: Apple’s podcaster of the year. Louis-Dreyfus’ podcast, Wiser Than Me, which she launched in April, has been named Apple Podcast’s show of the year for 2023, and the recipient of the Apple Podcasts Award. The award is given out every year by the tech giant “to […]

Spotify Cancels ‘Heavyweight’ and ‘Stolen’ Podcasts

Spotify is canceling two of its podcasts, Heavyweight and Stolen, the music and podcasting platform confirmed Monday.  The two podcasts will finish out their seasons at Spotify and then can shop their shows elsewhere. The cancellation of the podcasts, both of which were produced by Spotify’s Gimlet Media, was unrelated to the layoffs of 17 […]

Amelia Dimoldenberg Looks Beyond the ‘Chicken Shop’

When Amelia Dimoldenberg was a child, she dreamed of being an editor of Vogue. The London native kept a diary full of magazine collages, taking notes on masthead pages about potential trajectories: “assistant to the editor-in-chief: maybe start here.” Now, at 29, she is the face of some of the buzziest — and most beloved […]

Peacock Hits 30M Subscribers; Comcast Exec Touts NBCUniversal as More Creator-Friendly Than Rivals

Peacock has hit 30 million paying subscribers, and Comcast thinks it will only continue to get bigger. At the UBS Global Media and Communications conference Monday morning, Comcast president Mike Cavanagh revealed the new subscribers number, adding that the average ARPU (average revenue per user) is $10 per month. “Remember we started cold three years […]

Netflix and Apple Open Door to Bundling With Streaming Rivals

After years of mostly sitting on the sidelines, two streaming companies that have long been reluctant to bundle their wares with competitor services seem a bit more open to the idea. On Monday, the telecom giant Verizon announced a $10 per month deal that includes the ad tiers of both Netflix and Max. That’s a […]