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9:05 PM ET, September 22, 2023


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Amazon plans to run limited ads on Prime Video in the US, the UK, Germany, and Canada starting in early 2024, charging $2.99/month extra in the US to avoid ads  —  - Prime Video will offer a more expensive ad-free option  — Streamers want to increase revenue as production costs soar
Caitlin Huston / The Hollywood Reporter:
Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns tries to distance himself from SCOTUS Justice Clarence Thomas after ProPublica published a photo of the two alongside David Koch  —  The documentary filmmaker says he has not had contact with Thomas beyond taking a photo.  —  Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns …
David Rutz / Fox News:
Rupert Murdoch transitions from chair of Fox Corp and News Corp to the new role of Chairman Emeritus; Lachlan Murdoch becomes the sole chair of both companies  —  ‘For my entire professional life, I have been engaged daily with news and ideas, and that will not change’
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Michael Wolff / The Ankler:
Excerpt from Michael Wolff's The Fall: the first chapter imagines an eventual Rupert Murdoch obituary that details his life and career at Fox Corp and News Corp  —  The mogul's ‘obituary’ opens the buzzy upcoming book, ‘The End: The Fall of Fox News and the Murdoch Dynasty’
New York Times:
A profile of Lachlan Murdoch, who is less overtly political than his father, has led Fox through lawsuits, and has some proven successes, such as acquiring Tubi  —  He solidified his rise to the top of his father's media empire on Thursday.  —  Lachlan Murdoch's path to succession has been rocky at times …
PEN America:
US public schools had 3,362 book bans from July 1, 2022, to June 31, 2023, up 33% from the previous school year; Florida schools accounted for 40%+ of the bans  —  Banned in the USA: The Mounting Pressure to Censor  —  Introduction  —  The freedom to read is under assault in the United States …
Sam Schube / GQ:
How Apple SVP of Services Eddy Cue led the company's push into live sports streaming and is using its MLS deal to test reshaping how sports are consumed  —  Longtime Apple executive Eddy Cue happens to be an enormous sports fan.  And with Apple entering the wild west of broadcasting live sports …
Max Seddon / Financial Times:
Russia's flagship state news TV channel, Rossiya 24, is running ads for a Tucker Carlson show “at the weekend”, but Carlson denies hosting a show on Russian TV  —  Rightwing former Fox News presenter said he was unaware of the ‘absurd’ claim  —  Russia's flagship state news channel …
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
The FT debuts an e-paper app for international readers; ABC: the FT digital edition had a 16,343 average circulation in August, of which 81% was outside the UK  —  The FT's e-paper has evolved since it first launched on desktop in 2015.  —  The Financial Times has launched an app …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Memo: Snap President of Americas Rob Wilk leaves, after joining the company in March 2023, replaced by Patrick Harris, who joined Snap after 10+ years at Meta  —  Snap Inc. has promoted former Meta executive Patrick Harris to the position of President of Americas, overseeing sales …
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Wendy Lee / Los Angeles Times:
Studio CEOs attended another marathon bargaining session with the WGA on September 21; talks between the WGA and studios resumed on September 22  —  Jobs, Labor & Workplace  —  The Writers Guild of America and major studios  —  held a marathon bargaining session Thursday …
Tom Ambrose / The Guardian:
WBD announces an expansion of Warner Bros Studios Leavesden, in Hertfordshire, UK, including adding 10 sound stages starting in early 2024 and finishing in 2027  —  Studios behind Harry Potter films to undergo 400,000 sq ft expansion by 2027, in boost to struggling industry
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
YouTube debuts YouTube Create, an app that lets creators edit videos, adding effects, GIFs, royalty-free tracks, and more, in beta on Android in eight markets  —  YouTube this morning introduced a new app for creators, YouTube Create, that will offer a suite of easy-to-use and free tools …
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Max Tani / @maxwelltani:
Christopher Beha resigns as editor of Harper's Magazine; Christopher Carroll, who joined Harper's as senior editor in 2018, will become editor on September 25
Alex Barinka / Bloomberg:
Snap says Snapchat+ now has 5M+ subscribers, up from 3M in April 2023; the $3.99 per month tier launched in June 2022, after an industry slowdown in ad revenue
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
WWE's “SmackDown” plans to move from Fox to NBCUniversal's USA Network in fall 2024; sources: the five-year deal is valued at ~$1.4B, up ~40% from what Fox paid

From Techmeme:

Bryant Francis / Game Developer:
Unity apologizes and says games made with Unity Personal will be exempt from its Runtime Fee, which will only apply to games made with Unity versions from 2024

Katharine Gemmell / Bloomberg:
The UK CMA says Microsoft's revised offer to acquire Activision Blizzard for $69B, which includes selling some gaming rights to Ubisoft, addresses its concerns

Counterpoint Research:
The number of smartphone brands fell from 720+ in 2017 to almost 250 in 2023, as local brands lose market share due to a maturing userbase, 5G shift, and more

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