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1:15 PM ET, September 28, 2022

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Richard Lawler / The Verge:
Fast Company took its website offline after a hacker used its Apple News account to send two obscene push notifications; Apple disabled the outlet's channel  —  It's been a little while since we had a high-profile media feed hijacking, but tonight someone sent an Apple News notification …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
SEC filing: Lionsgate plans to explore spinning off its studio business, not Starz; its international streamer StarzPlay will be rebranded as Lionsgate+  —  Lionsgate is now looking at spinning off its studio business — rather than kicking out the Starz premium network and streaming business.
Ashley Carman / Bloomberg:
A look at tappable podcast ads in mobile games, which trigger episode downloads; source: iHeartMedia got ~6M unique listeners/month through such ads since 2018  —  Want more stories like this from Ashley Carman?  Podcasters are always hunting for new, flashy places to promote their shows …
Lesley Goldberg / The Hollywood Reporter:
Epix will be rebranded as MGM+ on January 15, 2023; Epix 2 will become MGM+ Hits, Epix Hits becomes MGM+ Marquee, and Epix Drive-In becomes MGM+ Drive-In  —  The linear network as well as its streaming offering will be rebranded starting in January.  —  Epix is joining ABC Family, IMDb TV and Spike TV in the network name scrap heap.
Annette Nwabeke / KERA News:
North Texas public radio station KERA plans to buy the Denton Record-Chronicle, which will become a nonprofit, with help from the National Trust for Local News  —  KERA announced plans Tuesday to acquire the Denton Record-Chronicle, the historical and primary newspaper of Denton County.
Eamon Lynch / Golfweek:
Sources: Saudi-backed LIV Golf nears a deal to purchase air time for its tournaments on Fox Sports 1; a source says Lachlan Murdoch directed Fox to get involved  —  LIV Golf is nearing a deal to purchase air time for its tournaments on U.S. cable television, multiple sources have told Golfweek.
Josh Dickey / The Wrap:
A pension fund and Warner Bros. Discovery shareholder sues the company, saying Warner Bros. inflated HBO Max subscribers by up to 10M amid the Discovery merger  —  Warner Bros. cooked its HBO Max subscriber numbers by as many as 10 million and misled shareholders in other ways that violate …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon updates its Fire TV lineup with a new $140 Fire TV Cube media player, Fire TV Omni QLED Series starting at $800, and a new $35 Alexa Voice Remote Pro  —  Amazon today introduced two new Fire TV devices designed to cater to customers seeking a more premium experience.
Discussion: The Verge and Engadget
Issie Lapowsky / Protocol:
Meta details influence operations from Russia, impersonating news outlets to spread anti-Ukraine content in Europe, and from China, targeting the US and Czechia  —  Russia set up a sprawling and sophisticated network of websites impersonating mainstream media outlets, which it used …
Michael Cavna / Washington Post:
Medill:
The McCormick Foundation awards $5.1M in total to Block Club Chicago, Capitol News Illinois, and Injustice Watch, plus $2.4M for a Medill local news accelerator  —  CHICAGO — The Robert R. McCormick Foundation today announced investments in Block Club Chicago, Capitol News Illinois …
Rest of World:
Netflix's password sharing crackdown sparked protests on social media in Argentina, but a source says the anger didn't translate into a mass subscriber exodus  —  New prices sparked outrage in Latin America, with some threatening to boycott the platform.  —  • BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
 
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William Turvill / Press Gazette:
The Times names Tony Gallagher, its deputy editor since 2020, as the new editor, replacing John Witherow, who becomes the chairman of Times Newspapers
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
A profile of Creative Artists Agency co-chairman Bryan Lourd, who Ted Sarandos and other executives say has become one of the most powerful people in Hollywood
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Hearst expects $12B in 2022 revenue and TV to be the company's biggest source of profits, of which 40%+ come from its specialty media, data, and software units
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Eileen AJ Connelly / The Wrap:
The SEC sues two ex-MoviePass CEOs, charging them with misleading investors about profit potential, data operations, studio relationships, and revenue sources
Sara Fischer / Axios:
London-based sports streaming service DAZN acquires Eleven Group's global sports media businesses, pausing its IPO plans to focus on profitability and expansion