April 21, 2021
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Former Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Phil Berk has been expelled from the organization after referring to the Black Lives Matter movement as racist and criticizing its founder in an internal email. Golden Globes producer Dick Clark Productions and NBC both responded quickly, condemning Berk's statements and calling for his expulsion from the HFPA.
Full Story: Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (4/20) 
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Video Evolution
Netflix only added about 4 million subscribers in the quarter that ended March 31, the streaming giant's weakest gain in the last eight years. Revenues rose by 24%, but the company failed to meet its own or investors' expectations, and shares fell 10% on April 20.
Full Story: Next TV/Broadcasting+Cable (4/20),  BNN Bloomberg (Canada) (4/20) 
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Content Focus
TBS schedules "The Cube" for June 10 debut
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TBS will introduce "The Cube," a game show series hosted by National Basketball Association star Dwyane Wade, on June 10. The show features two contestants who must complete physical and mental tasks while housed in a glass cube.
Full Story: Next TV/Multichannel News (4/20) 
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Discovery will increase its output of content produced in New Zealand and Australia for global distribution, Glen Kyne, the company regional chief, announced. He pointed to the success of programming emanating from Australia, where the number of local productions has increased 200% since 2016 and several shows have proved popular worldwide.
Full Story: Variety (4/21) 
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Technology
Apple releases new model of its 4K TV
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The latest model of Apple's 4K TV uses an A12 Bionic chip to support video running at 60 frames per second as well as improved graphics, color and audio. Apple plans to make the device, which also features a redesigned Siri remote, available at the end of April.
Full Story: TV Tech (4/20),  Tom's Guide (4/21) 
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Marketing Innovation
VH1 and Black-Owned Brooklyn have entered a partnership that involves the network donating to 20 businesses in Brooklyn with Black owners that have suffered especially hard from COVID-19. The initiative is related to the "Black Ink Crew: New York" season premiere on VH1.
Full Story: MediaPost Communications (free registration) (4/20) 
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How MBAs Propose Closing the Digital Divide
How MBAs Propose Closing the Digital Divide
Join a complimentary presentation by top MBA students from MIT Sloan, NYU Stern, and Pace University offering solutions to close the digital divide in front of executive judges from Comcast, Charter and Mediacom, among others. Watch this free, virtual session on April 29 and RSVP here.
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Augmenting Consumers' SVOD Experience with AVOD
Augmenting Consumers' SVOD Experience with AVOD
On the latest episode of Thinking Out Loud, guest Tedd Cittadine, VP of Content Partnerships at Roku, details the strategy behind the free AVOD service The Roku Channel, the acquisition of Quibi's multimillion-dollar portfolio of original programming and what the growth of streaming means for advertisers, content providers, consumers and the television industry at large. Tune in at ctam.com/podcast or any of your favorite podcast platforms.
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