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Microsoft to Buy Activision Blizzard in $68.7B Video Game Mega-Deal

Microsoft to Buy Activision Blizzard in $68.7B Video Game Mega-Deal

BY ALEX WEPRIN | HollywoodReporter.ComTroy Warren for CNT #Digital  #Business  #GamingThe sale comes as the video game publisher has grappled with its own #MeToo reckoning.Tech giant Microsoft will buy the video game publisher Activision Blizzard in a $68.7 billion deal that would reshape the gaming landscape.The deal, if completed, would bring together Microsoft, which owns the Xbox game platform and Xbox Game Studios (which owns Bethesda Softworks and 343 Industries, among other game publishers) and Activision, owner of the Call of Duty, Warcraft and Tony Hawk franchises, among others.Microsoft will become the world’s third-largest gaming company by revenue, behind Tencent…
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‘Baby Shark Dance’ Sets YouTube Record, Surpassing 10B Views

‘Baby Shark Dance’ Sets YouTube Record, Surpassing 10B Views

BY KIMBERLY NORDYKE | HollywoodReporter.ComTroy Warren for CNT #DigitalIt now has 2.3 billion more views than the second-most-watched video, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's "Despacito."How many times have you seen it?On Thursday, the Baby Shark Dance music video set a YouTube record.The video, which was released in June 2016, has officially become the first video ever to hit a whopping 10 billion views on YouTube, making it the most viewed video in the history of the site, according to creators The Pinkfong Co.The 10 billion threshold was breached on Thursday. As of 7 a.m., the video has 10,002,749,119 views, to…
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Time Studios Doubles Down on NFT-Inspired Kids’ TV Content (Exclusive)

Time Studios Doubles Down on NFT-Inspired Kids’ TV Content (Exclusive)

BY ALEX WEPRIN | HollywoodReporter.ComTroy Warren for CNT #Digital  #NFTThe studio division of Time is developing animated kids' shows based on NFT projects Waheed’s Smilesssvrs and Doug's Toy Boogers, following a similar deal for Pablo Stanley's Robotos.Time Studios, the film and TV production division of the media company Time (best known for its namesake magazine), is betting that the next great kids’ TV show will start with a non-fungible token.The studio’s kids and family unit is now in development on two new animated franchises based on NFT projects, one based on Waheed’s Smilesssvrs NFT collection and another based on Doug’s…
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N.Y. Times Seals Deal to Buy The Athletic for $550M

N.Y. Times Seals Deal to Buy The Athletic for $550M

BY  ALEX WEPRIN | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Digital  #Business The Athletic launched five years ago with a focus on subscription local sports journalism. The New York Times is making its biggest acquisition in years. The journalism giant is buying the digital sports outlet The Athletic in a deal valued at $550 million in cash. The company officially announced the deal Thursday afternoon. The Athletic, launched in 2016, has focused on local sports and other sports-related beats with a focus on subscriptions. Along the way, the company poached some of the top sports beat writers in many markets, having them continue to cover…
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Range Media to Give Clients Access to NFT Tech Through Recur Deal

Range Media to Give Clients Access to NFT Tech Through Recur Deal

BY  J. CLARA CHAN | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT #NFT  #Digital  #Technology Recur is the company behind digital collectibles for Sanrio's Hello Kitty and ViacomCBS' content library. Range Media Partners is linking up with Recur, a leading NFT company, to make it easier for their clients to create NFTs as Hollywood gets increasingly involved with digital collectibles. Through the partnership, Range’s clients will be able to use Recur’s technology to create their own NFTs that are not bound to a specific blockchain and can be purchased in U.S. dollars with credit or debit cards in addition to cryptocurrency. Recur has already tapped…
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Where Podcast Producers May Turn for Deals in 2022

Where Podcast Producers May Turn for Deals in 2022

BY  J. CLARA CHAN | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Digital Nearly 40 percent of listeners in a recent survey say they want podcasts from YouTubers and influencers. If 2020 and 2021 were the years Hollywood stars proved their mettle in podcasting, 2022 could be the year top influencers find their stride in audio. A survey of U.S. listeners by Acast and Nielsen finds nearly 40 percent of respondents said they wanted podcasts from YouTubers and influencers, outranking interest in shows from music and TV personalities. “We anticipate that this consumer desire will drive content creators who are looking to please their fans to…
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5 predictions for bitcoin, NFTs and the future of money

5 predictions for bitcoin, NFTs and the future of money

 | CNET.Com Troy Warren for CNT #NFT  #Technology  #Digital Cryptocurrency made many of the strangest headlines of 2021. Boosters touted digital currencies as a world-changing technology with the potential to create new economies and empower unbanked populations everywhere. Critics pointed to crypto's massive environmental footprint, as well as its popularity in online crime. The chasm between these views will be hard to bridge. Much of the cryptocurrency industry functions as a hype-monster, powered by oddball memes of cute dogs and outer space emoji. The same industry boasts a staggering amount of funding from venture capitalists and private enthusiasts, along with real…
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Dr Disrespect Teams With ‘Call of Duty’ and ‘Halo’ Veterans to Launch Game Studio

Dr Disrespect Teams With ‘Call of Duty’ and ‘Halo’ Veterans to Launch Game Studio

BY TRILBY BERESFORD | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Digital  #Gaming The banner, titled Midnight Society, is currently in development on its first title. Guy Beahm, better known as streamer Dr Disrespect, and industry veterans Robert “fourzerotwo” Bowling and Quinn DelHoyo have co-founded game studio Midnight Society. Bowling, who served as creative strategist and community manager for Call of Duty at Infinity Ward, will take the role of studio head. DelHoyo, who designed levels and weapons for Gears of War and later worked on the Halo series, will serve as creative director. The studio, which is backed by gaming entrepreneur Sumit Gupta, will aim to involve communities and influencers…
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Twitch Hires Former Facebook and YouTube Exec to Advocate for Underrepresented Creators

Twitch Hires Former Facebook and YouTube Exec to Advocate for Underrepresented Creators

BY TRILBY BERESFORD | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Digital As global head of strategic programs and culture, Kendra Desrosiers will develop programs to highlight new voices, as well as oversee initiatives based on social impact and strengthen Twitch's reach within colleges and universities.  Twitch said Wednesday that Kendra Desrosiers has been appointed global head of strategic programs and culture. In the role, Desrosiers, a former marketing executive at Meta (formerly Facebook) who led media partnerships and strategies for a host of media products aimed at empowering artists, will advocate for underrepresented creators and develop programs to highlight their voices, as well…
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TV News’ Streaming Talent Push: The Future Is Now

TV News’ Streaming Talent Push: The Future Is Now

BY ALEX WEPRIN | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Digital  #EditorsPicks Chris Wallace's CNN+ hiring served as a shot across the bow for competitors as streaming-first deals could become the new TV news norm. On Dec. 12, the news took almost everyone by surprise. Staffers in Fox News Channel’s DC newsroom, and guests on its Fox News Sunday, who were speaking with anchor Chris Wallace on-air minutes before, were kept in the dark until Wallace revealed the news on-air: It was his last show, and he was leaving for something different. “I want to try something new, to go beyond politics to all the…
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