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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Viacom confirms it has acquired online video conference VidCon and will run it as a standalone subsidiary   —  It's official: Viacom has announced the acquisition VidCon, host of the world's biggest conference dedicated to YouTube and online video.  —  Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Feb 7, 2018, 11:35 AMIn context
Brent Lang / Variety:
ESPN Streaming Service Coming This Spring for $4.99   —  ESPN's standalone streaming service will launch this spring, Disney CEO Bob Iger told analysts and investors shortly after the media conglomerate posted its quarterly earnings.  The over-the-top offering will be priced at $4.99 a month and will debut as part of a new ESPN app.
Feb 6, 2018, 7:15 PMIn context
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Pandora announces restructuring, shifting resources to ad tech and audience development, cutting workforce by 5% to save $45M annually, will expand in Atlanta   —  Pandora is pink-slipping about 5% of its workforce, a move the streaming-music company said will help it save $45 million annually.
Jan 31, 2018, 7:25 PMIn context
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Spotify is testing Stations, a Pandora-style free music app that includes some personalization options; app is currently only available on some Android devices   —  Music streaming service Spotify released a new Android app that's all about free music Tuesday.
Jan 31, 2018, 9:35 AMIn context
Ted Johnson / Variety:
Bipartisan group of senators introduces the Music Modernization Act, mirroring a House bill, to streamline music licensing on services like Spotify, Pandora   —  WASHINGTON — A group of senators introduced legislation on Wednesday to streamline the music licensing process and to increase royalty payments to rights holders.
Jan 24, 2018, 7:05 PMIn context
Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
Meg Whitman takes CEO role at Jeffrey Katzenberg's new startup that produces short-form content aimed at mobile consumption   —  Meg Whitman has been appointed CEO of a new venture backed by Jeffrey Katzenberg that aims to revolutionize entertainment with short-form premium content customized for mobile consumption.
Jan 24, 2018, 1:25 PMIn context
Todd Spangler / Variety:
YouTube says it will invest $5M in its Creators for Change program in 2018, aimed at YouTubers who “counter hate and promote tolerance”   —  YouTube is looking for some upbeat PR — pushing the idea that the Google-owned global video platform can be a force for social good …
Jan 24, 2018, 11:55 AMIn context
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Netflix beats in Q4 with 8.3M new worldwide subs, vs 5M est., and almost 2M in US, vs 1.28M est.; revenue of $3.29B meets expectations; stock up 10%+   —  Netflix reeled in 8.3 million new streaming subscribers — including almost 2 million in the U.S. — handily beating Wall Street estimates for the fourth quarter of 2017.
Jan 22, 2018, 4:18 PMIn context
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
BAMTech Media hires former Apple and Samsung executive Kevin Swint to build and run Disney's upcoming Netflix competitor   —  Disney's BAMTech Media has hired former Apple and Samsung executive Kevin Swint as SVP and GM, Disney SVOD Service, to build, and ultimately run, the company's upcoming Netflix competitor, Variety has learned.
Jan 19, 2018, 7:50 PMIn context
Todd Spangler / Variety:
YouTube: creators will need 4K hours of watch time in past year and 1K subs to monetize videos under Partner Program; humans will review Google Preferred videos   —  YouTube is making its creator revenue-sharing program more restrictive and will start manually reviewing all videos …
Jan 16, 2018, 6:35 PMIn context

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