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5:20 PM ET, September 14, 2023


 Top News: 
Sources: Disney has held exploratory talks about selling its ABC network and TV stations to Nexstar Media Group, which now has 200 owned or partner TV stations  —  Walt Disney Co. has held exploratory talks about selling its ABC network and TV stations to local broadcaster Nexstar Media Group Inc. …
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
Pixis, which sells AI tools that help marketers run and monitor campaigns, raised an $85M Series C1 led by Touring Capital, taking its total funding to $209M  —  Pixis, an AI-powered platform for brands to monitor and orchestrate their marketing campaigns, today announced that it raised $85 million …
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Carolyn Giardina / The Hollywood Reporter:
Generative AI startup Metaphysic claims its new system can help actors navigate AI likeness rights, and says its early users include Tom Hanks and Anne Hathaway  —  The generative AI tech firm announced a new toolset on Thursday and revealed multiple actors who are using its products.
Discussion: National Review
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
Nielsen names Karthik Rao, a 23-year veteran of the company, as its CEO, succeeding David Kenny, who was CEO for five years and will become executive chairman  —  Karthik Rao succeeds David Kenny at the top of the ratings firm as competition grows and measurement grows more complex
Victor Tangermann / Futurism:
Microsoft's Start news website published a garbled, seemingly AI-generated obit for former NBA player Brandon Hunter, headlined, “Brandon Hunter useless at 42”  —  Former NBA player Brandon Hunter passed away unexpectedly at the young age of 42 this week, a tragedy that rattled fans …
Virginia Chamlee / People:
Fox News adds Lawrence Jones as a permanent co-host of Fox & Friends, starting on September 18; at 30, Jones will be the youngest Black co-host on cable news  —  Fox News is expected to announce during its Thursday morning ‘Fox & Friends’ broadcast that Jones, 30, will become the latest addition to the weekday hosting team
Janko Roettgers / Lowpass:
Amazon adds IAP back to Prime Video for Android, letting users buy VOD rentals and more, after removing IAP from its apps in 2022 to avoid Google's 30% fee  —  Next up: The Kindle app, maybe?  —  Some news from the someone-must-have-struck-a-deal department: Amazon is once again allowing users …
DAZN plans to bid for Ligue de Football Professionnel media rights for which the local league is seeking €800M+ per year; source: beIN is also considering a bid  —  - LFP is seeking at least €800 million a year for the rights  — Streaming platforms are spending more on sports rights
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Matthew Keys / StreamTV Insider:
US House hearing: lawmakers expressed frustration over rising pay TV prices and blackouts, and four industry experts called cable and broadcast rules outdated
Analysis: the bulk of The A.V. Club's AI-generated articles appear to be copied verbatim from IMDb and have a “reviewed and edited by the editorial staff” note
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Kat Tenbarge / NBC News:
Rick & Morty creator Justin Roiland is accused of sexual assault and grooming underage fans, per interviews with 11 people, pictures, emails, texts, and more
Matt Pearce / Los Angeles Times:
Bill Maher says his show will return sans writers, as some talk shows resume production amid strikes; HBO says Real Time With Bill Maher returns on September 22
Ben Hallman / The Examination:
Nonprofit health news outlet The Examination launches, publishing collaborative investigations with Der Spiegel, The Washington Post, The Guardian US, and more
Andrea Grimes / Dame Magazine:
Elon Musk's takeover of Twitter has led to a loss of income, opportunities, and connections for independent journalists, and alternatives are lacking so far
Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
TikTok expands its revamped creator fund Creativity Program Beta beyond the US to eligible creators in Brazil, France, Germany, Japan, South Korea, and the UK
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Corbin Bolies / The Daily Beast:
Bob Boilen, who created NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts and All Songs Considered and directed All Things Considered for 18 years, says he's leaving NPR after 35 years