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8:45 PM ET, January 16, 2023


 Top News: 
James Vincent / The Verge:
A trio of artists sue Stability AI, Midjourney, and DeviantArt over AI art copyright; a firm suing Microsoft, GitHub, and OpenAI over Copilot filed the lawsuit  —  A trio of artists have launched a lawsuit against Stability AI and Midjourney, creators of AI art generators Stable Diffusion and Midjourney …
Max Tani / Semafor:
Sources: CNN is considering hiring a comedian to host one of its prime-time shows; executives have floated Bill Maher, Trevor Noah, Jon Stewart, and others  —  CNN is considering hiring a comedian to host one of its prime time shows.  —  The “news entertainment” personality could fill …
Manori Ravindran / Variety:
Sources: Amazon Prime Video plans to part ways with Jeremy Clarkson after his already commissioned shows air in 2024, following his column about Meghan Markle  —  Amazon Prime Video is likely to be parting ways with Jeremy Clarkson mere weeks after his comments about Meghan Markle were published in British tabloid The Sun.
Isabella Simonetti / New York Times:
How a CoinDesk scoop caused FTX's collapse, sending the outlet's monthly page views up 96% to 17M in November, as CoinDesk covers parent company DCG's problems  —  The parent company of CoinDesk, one of the first news sites focused on the industry, faces questions about the operations and financial health of some of its subsidiaries.
Michael Schneider / Variety:
Q&A with MGM+ President Michael Wright on rebranding from Epix, plans to increase to at least eight original series per year under Amazon's ownership, and more  —  The top-to-bottom rebrand of the service that debuted in October 2009 (as a joint venture among MGM, Paramount Pictures and Lionsgate) …
New York Times:
As the number of shows and movies depicting real events has grown, screenwriters are taking liberties with the facts, often leading to public spats and lawsuits  —  The entertainment genre of historical drama is flourishing — and riddled with inaccuracies.  The untrue parts are leading to more public spats and lawsuits.
Georg Szalai / The Hollywood Reporter:
Comcast-owned Sky plans to offer WBD's streaming service Discovery+ to its subscribers in the UK and Ireland for free, saving them £6.99 or €6.99 per month  —  “We know value is incredibly important right now,” Comcast-owned Sky says. … “Sky Q, Sky Glass and Sky Stream customers …
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
The UK's Reach told The Sunday Mirror and Sunday People staff that the two Sunday tabloids will begin sharing most of their content under a new cost-saving plan  —  The Sunday People and Sunday Mirror have been under the same editor since 2014.  —  The Sunday Mirror and Sunday People newspapers look set …
Ken Bensinger / New York Times:
A FIFA corruption trial set to start on Tuesday could implicate Fox Corp, as two ex-Fox executives accused of paying bribes to obtain broadcast rights testify  —  Two former executives are accused of paying bribes to obtain broadcast rights, including for the World Cup.  Testimony could reveal what the company knew.
Gina Chua / Semafor:
Singapore's The Straits Times said last week it overstated daily circulation by 85K-95K copies, or 10%-12% of reported totals, from September 2020 to March 2022  —  SPH Media, Singapore's dominant news organization, has been derided for many failings — being too stodgy, too pro-government …
Will Bedingfield / Wired:
The Overwatch League's path to profitability remains unclear given dwindling viewership, recent upheavals inside Activision Blizzard, and dampening esports hype  —  Activision-Blizzard's ambitious, much-hyped initiative has stalled.  Recent upheavals reveal the instability of esports—and a murky future for the league.
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Chris Kay / Bloomberg:
Reliance and Paramount's Viacom18 buys five-year rights to the new women's Indian Premier League cricket tournament for ~$116M after buying the men's IPL rights
Parham Ghobadi / BBC:
A look at the costs of reporting on Iran for BBC Persian journalists: death threats, online harassment, and threats to family members who remain in the country
Financial Times:
TikTok, Instagram, and other social media apps expect age verification measures in the UK's Online Safety Bill to reduce their user numbers, hurting ad revenue
Brent Lang / Variety:
MoviePass raised a seed of undisclosed size led by Animoca Brands and plans to accelerate its beta movie theatre subscription relaunch and set a Web3 strategy
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 Earlier Picks: 
Jenny Gross / New York Times:
How Finland, ranked first of 41 European countries in a media literacy survey, teaches students to spot misinformation on social media, starting in preschool
Nitish Pahwa / Slate:
How popular tech podcast All-In, with hosts Jason Calacanis, David Sacks, Chamath Palihapitiya, and David Friedberg, gives some insight into Elon Musk's Twitter
Wall Street Journal:
Emails: Twitter is offering free ad space by matching ad spending up to $250K, if the $500K of ads are run by February 28, a period that includes the Super Bowl
[Thread] NBC NewsGuild files an Unfair Labor Practice charge against NBC News for “abruptly and illegally laid off” some journalists without warning the union