The Radice Files — Episode 172: “Higher Ground”

Frank Radice
7 min readSep 28, 2021

Jeff Bezos has decided to focus on space, Murdoch is in trouble with a Spice Girl, plus, where to find the best sandwich in London. And, if you are a YoutubeTV fan, NBCU has a bone to pick with you (or more accurately, Comcast). In other words, it’s Tuesday.

‘No Time to Die’ World Premiere Red Carpet to Stream Live on Facebook (EXCLUSIVE)

The London world premiere of ‘No Time to Die’ will stream exclusively on Facebook, Variety can reveal.

NBCU Warns YouTube TV Subscribers Could Be Blacked Out | Broadcasting+Cable

NBCUniversal is warning viewers that YouTube TV subscribers could be blacked out of NBCU programming because of a failure to renew their carriage agreement

110 Best Movies of All Time — Top Must-Watch Films Ever Made

Looking for a must-watch movie that matters right now? See our list of 100 best movies of all time, according to our team of movie experts at Esquire. These are the top films we love and deem important and essential to the history of cinema.

Gillmor Gang: Work In Progress — TechCrunch

Mostly friends and sometimes family have encouraged me to tell stories about my days in the comedy, music, and tech businesses. And for all of this time I’ve been reluctant. However, with the Pandemic and the impending birth of my first grandchild, I’ve reconsidered. My wife’s passion for genealogy has reminded us that stories get […]

Netflix reveals how many accounts are actually watching its top titles — The Verge

During this year’s Code conference, Netflix co-CEO and chief content officer Ted Sarandos shared a significant haul of data about some of the streaming giant’s top titles — a rare move for a company that traditionally holds numbers close to the chest.

‘SNL’: Beck Bennett Leaving After 8 Seasons — The Hollywood Reporter

Long-time ‘Saturday Night Live’ regular Beck Bennett is leaving the show.

CAA Acquiring ICM Partners; Will Be Biggest Agency Link-Up Since WMA-Endeavor — Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Creative Artists Agency is acquiring ICM Partners, a mammoth deal that would be the biggest joining forces of two major agencies since WMA and Endeavor. Many details need to be worked out. But the intention here is, after all of the drama of the pandemic and the ending of the packaging business after a…

Endeavor to Buy Sports Betting Platform OpenBet for $1.2 BillionTheWrap

The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of next year

Apple Maps rolls out 3D view to London, LA, New York and San Francisco — TechCrunch

Apple is bringing its 3D maps to more cities within the Apple Maps app, including London, LA, New York and San Francisco. The experience, launching with iOS 15, follows several years of investment in Apple’s mapping platform to make the app more competitive with the market leader, Google Maps. This has included not only the […]

Jeff Bezos doubles time with Blue Origin to focus more on his space company

Jeff Bezos has called Blue Origin his life’s most important work — and the hours he is devoting to the space company are growing as well.

Why the Modern Smart Home Is No Longer a ‘Jetsons’ Fantasy

Here are highlights from the Parks Associates and GE Appliances white paper on the smart home, because it’s a real and consumers now expect and experience it.

TikTok Claims the App Now Tops 1 Billion Daily Active Users — Variety

TikTok says it has crossed a major milestone: The social video app claims it now counts more than 1 billion monthly active users.

Why the Empire State Building, and New York, May Never Be the Same — The New York Times

It once symbolized an urban way of working, and New York’s resilience. In the pandemic’s second year, the future of the world’s most famous skyscraper is in doubt.

Spice Girl among stars to begin phone-hacking claims against Murdoch empire | Rupert Murdoch | The Guardian

Melanie Chisholm, Boyzone’s Shane Lynch and S Club 7’s Hannah Spearritt latest to allege voicemail interception

How New Technologies Could Prevent Shark Attacks

A recent study found that shark attacks could be prevented with a tech device that confuses the shark’s electro-reception organs. However, some experts warn no gadget is 100% safe.

Facebook to ‘Pause’ Instagram Kids Rollout After CriticismTheWrap

“This will give us time to work with parents, experts, policymakers and regulators,” company boss Adam Mosseri says

Eddie Murphy lands huge Amazon deal after Coming 2 America success

Eddie Murphy lands huge Amazon deal following Coming 2 America’s streaming success.

Targeted Ads Lead NextGen TV’s Revenue Chase, Execs Say | TV News Check

While the ATSC 3.0 next-generation broadcast standard gives broadcasters the flexibility to deliver a bevy of new services including UHD, mobile TV and datacasting, the most compelling revenue opportunity is using 3.0’s broadband pipe to deliver targeted ads to connected TVs (CTVs), according to broadcast executives speaking at TVNewsCheck’s virtual TV2025 conference last week. The

Netflix Shares Teaser Trailer for Kanye West Documentary Jeen-Yuhs: Watch | Pitchfork

Netflix has announced the release of a new multi-part Kanye West documentary, sharing a teaser trailer for the project as part of its part Tudum fan event. The film, titled Jeen-Yuhs, was reportedly acquired for roughly $30 million, and has been in the making for 21 years. The doc will feature rare and never-before seen footage of West, including home videos. Jeen-Yuhs hits the streaming site in 2022, but Netflix has yet to specify a release date. See the teaser below.

Live Updates: R. Kelly Found Guilty of All Counts in Racketeering and Sex Trafficking Trial — The New York Times

The six-week trial in Brooklyn, N.Y., included graphic and disturbing testimony about sexual abuse by one of America’s best-known musicians.

‘Storage Wars’ Star Barry Weiss Returns In Style After Horrific Accident Recovery

‘Storage Wars’ Star Barry Weiss Returns In Style After Horrific Accident Recovery

Rolls-Royce to make ‘historic’ EV announcement on Wednesday | Autocar

Luxury brand to follow up one-off electric Phantom and radical 103EX concept with production EV by 2030

‘I went to visit the Borough Market stall trying to make the best sandwich in London and they smashed it’ — Jessica Battison — MyLondon

Everything The Black Pig make is completely fresh

And finally…

Higher Ground (Stevie Wonder) | Playing For Change | Song Around the World



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