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1:55 PM ET, September 19, 2023


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Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Q&A with Matthew Panzarino, who recently stepped down as TechCrunch EIC after 10 years, on the site's Silicon Valley relationship, the future of media, and more  —  It's been a rocky and chaotic decade — and now digital media is on the brink of yet another existential crisis thanks to generative AI.
Eshe Nelson / New York Times:
How the SAG-AFTRA strikes are impacting the UK, where Barbie, Mission: Impossible, Indiana Jones, and more were filmed, as many now find themselves out of work  —  Many U.S. studios' blockbusters are filmed in Britain, so the walkouts by actors and screenwriters have caused thousands of U.K. film crews to lose work.
Max Goldbart / Deadline:
The BBC and Channel 4 remove TV and audio shows featuring Russell Brand; the BBC did not specify which shows and Channel 4 removed GBBO and Big Brother episodes  —  - ‘The Madigan Chronicles’ Optioned By Particle6; London Film Festival Jury; MBC's Arabic-Language Feature - Global Briefs
Naman Ramachandran / Variety:
YouTube suspends ads on Russell Brand's videos to “protect” users, citing his “off-platform behavior”, after allegations of rape and sexual assault
Emily Dugan / The Guardian:
The BBC is “urgently” investigating Russell Brand's behavior while he worked on its radio shows, after allegations of rape and sexual assault from 2006 to 2013
Casey Newton / Platformer:
Reflections on three years of Platformer: 155,355 free subscribers, up from 75,000 in 2022, planning to experiment with ads, 95% of readers do not pay, and more  —  Has the Substack revolution come and gone?  PLUS: What's changing in year four  —  I. State of the union
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Advance Local plans a New Orleans-based sports and news site called, four years after Advance sold the Times-Picayune, the region's biggest paper  —  - All of the Times-Picayune's 161 staffers were let go in 2019 amid that sale. … - The creation of GulfLive suggests Advance …
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K.J. Yossman / Variety:
BBC Studios forms a Global Entertainment division to oversee production in LA, India, Australia, South Africa, and Europe, led by Matt Forde  —  BBC Studios has merged three areas of its formats business to create a new global entertainment division led by Matt Forde.
Discussion: Media Play News
Patrick Frater / Variety:
Filing shows Alibaba Pictures acquired Damai, a major provider of live entertainment in China, for $167M, signaling a diversification into live events  —  Alibaba Pictures, the separately-listed film investment and distribution unit of China's tech giant Alibaba behind recent box office hit “Lost in the Stars,” is to buy Damai.
Kerry Flynn / Axios:
Electrify Video Partners, whose model is to acquire 50% to 100% of a YouTube creator's business, raised $85M from Capital D and says the startup is profitable  —  - Kerry Flynn, author of Axios Pro: Media Deals  —  Exit Content Preview  —  Electrify Video Partners has raised $85 million …
David Shepardson / Reuters:
A group of 18 state AGs backs Montana's bid to ban TikTok, urging a US judge to reject the company's legal challenges before the January 1, 2024, effective date  —  A group of 18 state attorneys general said on Monday they backed Montana's effort to ban Chinese-owned short video app TikTok …
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
An interview with The Independent CEO Christian Broughton on the newspaper's growth drivers: e-commerce, Independent TV, reader revenues, US expansion, and AI  —  The Independent is ready for a period of “global growth”, led by a team who all have journalism in their DNA, according to its new chief executive Christian Broughton.
Yoel Roth / New York Times:
Twitter's former head of trust and safety reflects on Donald Trump and Elon Musk attacking him, the resulting abuse, fact-checking, the Twitter Files, and more  —  When I worked at Twitter, I led the team that placed a fact-checking label on one of Donald Trump's tweets for the first time.
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Matt Grobar / Deadline:
Disney says Elemental is the most watched movie premiere on Disney+ in 2023, drawing 26.4M views in its first five days, after earning $484M+ at the box office
Ben Strauss / Washington Post:
Dozens of New York Times sports staff and Guild members marched through the newspaper's offices on September 18 to protest the end of its standalone sports desk
Putin signs a decree transferring publishing assets controlled by Nobel Peace Prize-winning Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov to “temporary state management”
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Rick Porter / The Hollywood Reporter:
Bill Maher delays resuming the production of his weekly late-night show Real Time “for now” as the WGA and the AMPTP agree to resume contract negotiations
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
ABC will air 10 additional Monday Night Football games than previously expected this season, simulcasting them with ESPN, to boost its strike-hampered schedule

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Robert McMillan / Wall Street Journal:
A profile of CrowdStrike, founded in 2011 and used by 300 companies in the Fortune 500; Gartner: CrowdStrike has ~15% of the global security software market

Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Over 200 Bethesda Game Studios workers unionize with the CWA, forming the first “wall-to-wall” union at a Microsoft game studio; Microsoft recognized the union

Joseph Cox / 404 Media:
The UK and US announce the arrest of a 17-year-old boy from Walsall, UK, suspected of being connected to the ransomware attack against MGM Resorts in 2023

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