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The Meteoric Rise Of Free Streaming Channels: A Special Report

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Variety reports: “FAST has captured the imagination of the content industry in 2022. Seeing revenues growing among early adopters of the format has whetted the appetite of other content owners, with an ever-increasing number of channels available as media firms ensure they don’t miss out on a new revenue stream. With more attention being paid to what FAST can offer, Variety Intelligence Platform is proud to release the fourth version of its “Life in the FAST Lane” special report, presented by leading FAST channel creator Amagi. Simply put, FAST offers content owners a way to further monetize their assets and generate revenues with very minor investment.”

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For The First Time Ever, Annual Music Streams Top 1 Trillion In The US Alone

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Digital Music News reports: “Music streaming has surpassed one trillion streams in the US alone for 2022 — as streaming continues to dominate. Luminate, the data firm formerly known as MRC Data, says that listeners in the US have racked up over one trillion streams in 2022. That’s a first for the data firm, which highlights how much music consumption is driven by streaming. Luminate, which powers the Billboard charts, also highlighted the top five songs in the United States across streaming platforms.”

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BeReal And AI Art Tool Dream By WOMBO Top Google Play’s List Of Best Apps In 2022

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Tech Crunch reports: “Just a couple of days after Apple announced the best apps of 2022 in its annual App Store Awards, Google Play has now shared its own “best of” list. The company published a list of winners across categories, including those selected by its own editorial team and by Android owners through the User’s Choice awards. Google this year anointed the viral AI-generated art app, Dream by WOMBO, as this year’s Best App in the U.S., while users picked BeReal as their favorite. BeReal also won Apple’s “App of the Year” award, signaling a younger generation’s preference for new forms of social networking. Meanwhile, Apex Legends Mobile was both Google’s choice for Best Game as well as the User’s Choice winner. The company noted the game had regularly trended throughout the year and often appeared in the top 10 downloaded lists.”

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Lionsgate Film, Distribution Chiefs Talk Possible Studio Business Spinoff, Starz Rebrand

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The Hollywood Reporter reports: “Lionsgate hasn’t unveiled any megadeal, but top executives at the Hollywood studio talked up the benefits of potentially spinning off its studio business during an investor conference appearance on Wednesday. “It’s definitely going to help every part of our ecosystem, not only an individual franchise like Hunger Games or John Wick,” Packer told the Wells Fargo TMT Summit during a session that was webcast. Packer, who has recently inked licensing deals for the upcoming John Wick TV origin story The Continental at Peacock, the comedy Ghosts at Paramount+ and Schitt’s Creek at Hulu, insisted the studio will be able to continuing selling titles to a host of streaming platforms, and not just Starz, as the traditional premium cable channel pivots to the streaming space.”

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Warner Bros. Discovery And Amazon Are Teaming Up To Produce New Animated DC Projects

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The Verge reports: “Warner Bros. Discovery’s television-focused production arm is partnering with Amazon Studios to create new animated projects based on DC Comics’ IP, yet another sign of how the company is changing under CEO David Zaslav’s leadership. During a keynote session at C21Media’s annual Content London event this week, Warner Bros. Television Studios chairwoman Channing Dungey opened up about some of the new moves the company plans to make as part of Zaslav’s vision for its future. According to Variety, Dungey expressed excitement for her division in particular, and pointed to Zaslav’s openness to collaborating with outside production outfits as one of the major reasons why.”

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Atari Will Use Co:Create Platform For Web3 Gaming Tokens

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Venture Beat reports: “Atari will be the first company to use Co:Create’s platform for creating tokens for Web3 gaming. Co:Create’s platform will be used to create the building blocks for tokens based on the Atari X project. “We are thrilled to be supporting Atari X’s token project,” said Tara Fung, CEO of Co:Create, in a statement. “Their team is truly focused on bringing meaningful utility to their broader user base. This is exactly the use case we started Co:Create to serve. We couldn’t be more excited to have Atari as our first partner.” Co:Create’s technology provides the building blocks for token rewards and utility, as well as the ongoing support to help projects create token programs that deliver on community expectations.”

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Fubo Sports Network Gains Carriage On Amazon’s Freevee

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Next TV reports: “FuboTV said that its Fubo Sports Network linear channel has launched on Amazon’s ad-supported Freevee streaming platform. Fubo said Fubo Sports Network is now available on 155 million devices across streaming platforms. “With the launch of Fubo Sports Network on Amazon Freevee, we’re bringing our athlete-driven programming and original series to more eyeballs than ever before,” said Pamela Duckworth, head of Fubo Networks and originals, FuboTV. “There is a growing appetite for the voice of the athlete and our goal is to connect with fans wherever they choose to consume content. Platforms like Freevee allow us to do just that at no extra cost for our audiences.”

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Wednesday’s Debut Breaks Netflix Records, Equals Stranger Things 4

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IGN reports: “The Addams Family spin-off Wednesday has already broken Netflix records with the most hours viewed in a single week of any Netflix TV show ever. The hit TV show starring Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams has already racked up a massive 341.2 million hours viewed, despite the fact that it only debuted last week. “Being an outcast has never been more IN as Wednesday, the supernatural infused mystery charting Wednesday Addams’ years at Nevermore Academy, debuted in the #1 spot with a record-breaking 341.2M hours viewed,” confirmed Netflix in a statement. If that number wasn’t already impressive enough, it looks as though Wednesday even managed to topple Stranger Things for the top spot.”

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Fox Strikes Broadcast Development Deal With ‘Lethal Weapon’s McG

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Deadline reports: “Fox Entertainment has entered into a broadcast development deal with writer, producer and director McG (Supernatural, Lethal Weapon, We Are Marshall). McG and his production company, Wonderland Sound & Vision, will develop and produce drama series for Fox, which will own and sell the programs resulting from the partnership. Fox worked with creator McG, on the TV version of drama Lethal Weapon, which aired on the network for three seasons and further back on The O.C. “From The O.C. to Lethal Weapon, McG is an original talent who has made an indelible imprint on FOX,” said Fox President of Entertainment Michael Thorn.”

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Pinterest Shuts Down Its ‘Creator Rewards’ Program

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Tech Crunch reports: “Pinterest has shut down its Creator Rewards program that allowed creators to earn money by creating content around monthly prompts and achieving certain engagement goals. “The Creator Rewards program will end on November 30, 2022. To all the creators who participated, thank you for your partnership. We’re committed to exploring more ways to help you find success on Pinterest and we’re looking forward to finding more opportunities to work together in 2023,” Pinterest said in a note on its creator rewards help page. The rewards program asked participants to create Idea Pins — a video format introduced by the company last year — based on a monthly theme to earn cash.”

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