The Radice Files — Episode 43 “The Stream Floods the Upfronts”

I really do miss the upfronts. The stars, the food (especially the never ending shrimp), the booze (when I drank). It’s the end of an exhausting few weeks of slamming together all the great presentations for the sales guys to pitch to the buyers and clients. But I won’t miss the crowds.

‘The worlds are meshing’: How streaming is reshaping the TV advertising upfront deal

Agency executives expect to see the value of a linear TV dollar being further diluted in this year’s upfront.

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Inside the Discovery-AT&T Deal: Cute Emails, a Big Loan and Now, a Media Giant

An early-morning meeting at a Greenwich Village townhouse, under the watchful eye of Steve McQueen, was part of a monthslong campaign.

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From Deal Frenzy to Decoupling: Is the China-Hollywood Romance Officially Over?

Five years after an unprecedented era of frenzied East-West dealmaking, cash flow has stopped, Donald Trump’s trade war lingers, censorship is on the rise and human rights abuses in the Middle Kingdom have upended business prospects for the U.S. film industry: “It’s hard to know what’s going to happen.”

www.hollywoodreporter.com

ViacomCBS Stock Is Rallying. BofA Sees It as a Potential Takeover Target. | Barron’s

Media analyst Jessica Reif Ehrlich raised her target on the stock to Buy from Underperform.

www.barrons.com

GOP Unveils $20 Billion Broadband Infrastructure Bill | Multichannel News

Targets money to unserved areas and ties it to streamlined permitting

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Analyst Floats ViacomCBS As Possible Takeover Target 05/21/2021

Analyst Floats ViacomCBS As Possible Takeover Target — 05/21/2021

www.mediapost.com

Congrats to old friend, NBC Vet Rebecca Marks, new head of Communications for Warner Bros TV

Marks was at NBC for 37 years

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Ads get optimistic: Extra Gum, Pepsi, KFC lead the opening up celebrations | The Drum

Masks are quickly going out of style in the US. The pubs are open in the UK. The signs of the pandemic waning are all around us. Marketers have taken notice as a flurry of new ads are celebrating the moments we have all missed, as well as a future where we actually spend time with friends and family. The Drum’s team of global editors have chosen to celebrate too. Here are five of our favorite ‘opening up’ ads.

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Snap’s new Spectacles let you see the world in augmented reality — The Verge

Snap announced augmented-reality Spectacles, the fourth generation of its headset. It uses dual waveguide displays to show AR Lens effects that you can record and upload to Snapchat.

www.theverge.com

Daring Fireball: The New Siri Remote (and Updated Apple TV 4K)

An Apple TV remote you won’t hate, and might love.

daringfireball.net

Why Hollywood Producers Think They Need a Union Again

Industry shutdowns starting last summer eliminated work opportunities for producers and denied them financial relief.

www.thewrap.com

Tribune Acquired by Alden Global Capital Hedge Fund

Tribune shareholders voted in favor of the acquisition by hedge fund Alden Global Capital on Friday morning

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Axel Springer Is in Talks to Buy Axios — The Information

German media conglomerate Axel Springer is in talks to acquire Axios, according to people familiar with the matter, continuing a consolidation of the digital media sector. Axel Springer already owns Insider and is an investor in Group Nine Media, owner of digital sites such as The Dodo and news …

www.theinformation.com

HFPA Members Approve New Ethics Code

Golden Globes group also signs contract to set up hotline for people to report misconduct by the HFPA

www.thewrap.com

The facade of the Golden Globes is now crumbling, but their legitimacy has long been in question

The industry reckoning over the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which puts on the Golden Globes, is decades in the making.

www.washingtonpost.com

Must See…

The Linda Lindas’ Library Performance of ‘Racist, Sexist Boy’ Hailed by Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello

Teen band The Linda Lindas performed their song ‘Racist, Sexist Pig’ as part of their Los Angeles Public Library set earlier this month. #stopasianhate

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And Finally…SCAD Fashion Forward

SCAD presents ‘The Awakening’ at SCAD FASHION 2021

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