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Todd Spangler / Variety:
On its Q2 2022 earnings call, Warner Bros. Discovery announced plans to launch a combined HBO Max and Discovery+ streaming service in the US in summer 2023  —  HBO Max and Discovery+ will launch in the U.S. as a single service in the summer of 2023, JB Perrette, CEO and president …
Kim Masters / The Hollywood Reporter:
Sources: DC Films president Walter Hamada was on the verge of leaving the studio after the shelving of Batgirl, but agreed to remain at least until October 21  —  The executive has agreed to remain in his post at least until the Oct. 21 release of the Dwayne Johnson film ‘Black Adam.’
Jack Queen / Reuters:
A jury says Alex Jones must pay two Sandy Hook parents $45.2M in punitive damages, on top of $4.1M in compensatory damages, for claiming the shooting was a hoax  —  U.S. conspiracy theorist Alex Jones must pay the parents of a 6-year-old boy killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre $45.2 million …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Charter and Bright House settle lawsuits by major record labels that accused the ISPs of failing to close accounts that illegally downloaded copyrighted songs  —  Confidential settlements could lead to more terminations of Internet subscribers.  —  Charter Communications has agreed …
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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
AMC Networks names former ViacomCBS CFO Christina Spade as CEO starting September 9 and says it has 10.8M paying subscribers in Q2, up from 9.5M in Q1  —  Christina Spade, a veteran media executive who was previously chief financial officer of the former ViacomCBS, has been named …
Billboard:
Todd Boehly's Eldridge Industries and MRC split shared media assets; Eldridge retains Dick Clark Productions and investments in multiple Hollywood trade outlets  —  The companies said that a transition structure will be put in place over the next several months in order to ensure a smooth separation.
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Gwendolyn Bounds, vice president and chief content officer at Consumer Reports, is leaving to become executive director and head of content at SmartNews  —  Gwendolyn Bounds, vice president and chief content officer at Consumer Reports, is leaving the publication to become head of content at SmartNews.
Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
Clubhouse starts beta testing private communities called Houses, which can be created by a person or group looking for a more intimate alternative to Clubs  —  Clubhouse, the social audio app that rose in popularity amid the pandemic, is looking to shake up its platform with the launch of private communities called “Houses.”
Alex Ritman / The Hollywood Reporter:
Source: Disney will not release Pixar's Lightyear or the Baymax series on Disney+ in the Middle East due to LGBTQ content  —  While the platform in the region won't show kid-focused content with LGBTQ references, it will include films such as 'Doctor Strange and the Multitude of Madness …
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