July 30, 2021
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Scarlett Johansson is suing Disney for its decision to release "Black Widow" on Disney+ and in theaters simultaneously, saying her contract assured her the film would have an exclusive cinematic release and based her salary on its performance at the box office. Disney has dismissed the suit as without merit and says it complied with all contract terms.
Full Story: The Wall Street Journal (7/29),  Variety (7/29) 
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An agreement between HBO's parent WarnerMedia and DISH Network will see DISH immediately resume distribution of HBO, HBO Max and Cinemax. HBO has been absent from DISH services for close to three years after the two companies failed to reach a carriage agreement.
Full Story: Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (7/29) 
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Comcast not looking at M&A, CEO says
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The unique content creation and distribution model that Comcast has built means the company does not currently see value in major mergers or acquisitions, said leader Brian Roberts. He noted that Comcast would consider agreements that enhanced international distribution capabilities.
Full Story: The Hollywood Reporter (7/29) 
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Nielsen's second-quarter revenue climbed 6.2% to reach $861 million, with audience measurement revenue up 4.3% and free cash flow more than doubling. The ratings giant has increased forecasts for full-year revenue growth to between 2.5% and 3%.
Full Story: Radio Ink (7/30) 
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The coming decade is expected to be a profitable one for the broadcast equipment market, with global sales climbing from an anticipated $6.2 billion this year to $15 billion in 2031, a Persistence Market Research report says. The forecasted rise in growth is attributed to several factors, including demand for production automation and high definition content, increasing adoption of smart phones and tablets and other technology gains.
Full Story: TV Tech (7/29) 
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A nine-country MIDiA Research study shows that 52% of viewers tune out television advertisements, a slight decrease from 2019, while the percentage of people skipping online ads rose to 49% in that time. The company advises brands to seek partnerships across platforms.
Full Story: FierceVideo (7/29) 
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People & Personalities
Rick Neuwirth, a longtime fixture of the Bakersfield, Calif., radio scene as 107.9 FM KKXX's "Dr. Rock," passed away at the age of 70 due to multiple system atrophy. Neuwirth left radio in 2002 to begin a new career as a police dispatcher, but maintained his extensive knowledge of classic rock.
Full Story: The Bakersfield Californian (7/29) 
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NAB News
New Course Available: Online Public Inspection File
Created to meet the information needs of radio and television broadcast professionals, NAB's new course defines Online Public Inspection File (OPIF) and what it must contain for stations to be in full compliance with all Federal Communications Commission (FCC) filing rules and policies. Access this course now.
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NABLF Leadership Training Seminar Accepting Applications
The NAB Leadership Foundation is accepting applications for the 2022 Broadcast Leadership Training program, the industry's foremost executive training program. The ten-month education series, open to senior-level broadcasters, teaches the fundamentals of purchasing, owning and operating broadcast stations. The application window is open until August 2, 2021.
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