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2:50 PM ET, November 25, 2022

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New York Times:
Sources: Sunday Ticket media rights have become protracted because the NFL wants to bundle other media assets, including NFL Network and the NFL RedZone  —  Talks for Sunday Ticket are expected to spill into next year, as Apple faces increased competition from Google for the league's last available TV rights.
James Vincent / The Verge:
Stable Diffusion 2.0 makes it harder to mimic some artists' styles or generate photorealistic pictures of celebrities  —  Users of AI image generator Stable Diffusion are angry about an update to the software that “nerfs” its ability to generate NSFW output and pictures in the style of specific artists.
Nicole Sperling / New York Times:
Sources detail Netflix's internal debate over embracing theatrical releases for big-budget movies, something Ted Sarandos and Reed Hastings call a distraction  —  The company agreed to some exclusive theatrical distribution for “Glass Onion” and “Matilda the Musical,” but it's not clear exhibitors will get much more.
Alex Frangos / Wall Street Journal:
Major News Corp and Fox shareholder Independent Franchise Partners opposes the merger, saying it would not realize News Corp's “substantial intrinsic value”  —  Independent Franchise Partners, one of the largest non-Murdoch holders of both companies, says a combination on its own …
Amanda Meade / The Guardian:
Australia's Sky News host and Courier-Mail columnist Peter Gleeson leaves News Corp after 34 years, following the discovery of multiple instances of plagiarism  —  In one case the Courier-Mail columnist and Sky News presenter filled almost half a column with the unattributed reporting of a regional ABC journalist
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Sources: Amazon plans to spend $1B+ per year to produce and release movies for theaters, starting with a few releases in 2023, and eventually 12 to 15 annually  —  Amazon.com Inc. plans to spend more than $1 billion a year to produce movies that it will release in theaters …
Benoit Berthelot / Bloomberg:
Reporters Without Borders sues French media regulator Arcom for letting satellite operator Eutelsat continue to broadcast three Russian channels  —  French rights group Reporters Without Borders has filed a lawsuit in France to try to prevent satellite operator Eutelsat from continuing to broadcast three Russian channels.
Sarah Krouse / Wall Street Journal:
Bob Iger returns to a more competitive and challenging streaming landscape and should steer Disney+ to profitability without cannibalizing Disney's other units  —  Incoming CEO championed Disney+, but needs to steer streaming business toward profitability without cannibalizing other Disney units
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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Bob Iger loomed large over Bob Chapek's short tenure as Disney CEO, leading Chapek to complain that he was being undermined as soon as he was promoted
Bron Maher / Press Gazette:
UK police review finds the arrest of four journalists covering Just Stop Oil protests in November could be “unlawful interference” in freedom of expression  —  An independent review has found the arrest of journalists covering protests earlier this month may have constituted “unlawful interference”.
Patrick Frater / Variety:
Podcast network Luminary launches in India, which PwC says is the third largest podcast consumer market at 56.7M monthly listeners  —  Launched originally in the U.S. in 2018, Luminary operates a premium podcasting platform addressing a subscription audience with “smart and entertaining content.”
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
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Andy Maxwell / TorrentFreak:
A California court awarded Columbia, Paramount, Disney, Warner, Universal, and Amazon $51.6M in copyright damages against operators of Nitro TV, an IPTV service
Robbie Whelan / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: China grants Disney permission to release Avatar: The Way Of Water on December 16; the last seven Marvel movies haven't received release dates in China
Washington Post:
Sources detail Elon Musk's rapid dismantling of Twitter's safety work, narrowing its scope to whatever he deems violent, threatening “sticks and stones” talk
Georg Szalai / The Hollywood Reporter:
Sky plans to launch an ad-free kids TV channel in the UK and Ireland in February 2023, available to its Sky Kids package and Now streaming service subscribers