10 Stories You Should Know: 11/16/2022
Here are the stories that should be on your radar
Here are the TV and streaming stories that should be on your radar for Wednesday, November 16th, 2022:
My apologies for the lateness of today’s newsletter. I was tied up doing some very early-morning interviews tied to the upcoming Apple TV+ series Echo 3.
Jimmy Fallon Calls on Elon Musk to Help Take Down #RIPJimmyFallon on Twitter (The Hollywood Reporter)
Jimmy Fallon is not dead, and Jimmy Fallon wants people to know that.
A scurrilous hashtag, #RIPJimmyFallon, has been trending on Twitter Tuesday night and The Tonight Show host has had enough, calling on the company’s CEO Elon Musk personally to take down the hashtag.
Amazon Freevee Flexes Its Muscles In Original Content (Digital TV Europe)
While it is not unusual for Amazon to join scripted series as a co-producer, the firm has placed increased focus on the role of its ad-supported service Freevee in recent times, whereas historically Amazon Prime would have been cited as co-pro partner.
Tencent’s Earnings Flattened by China Economic Slowdown, Games Weakness (Variety)
Tencent Video, China’s biggest streaming service, saw subscriptions drop by 2 million since June to 120 million at the end of September. It blamed this on “content scheduling delays,” and noted that average revenue per subscriber rose due to price increases. Content highlights in the period included self-commissioned drama series “Love Like the Galaxy,” which ranked first by video views across all online platforms in China.
Algeria Shuts TV Station After Airing ‘Offensive Scene’ (Arab News)
The Audio-visual Regulation Authority (ARAV) “has decided to definitively close the El Adjwaa channel,” APS reported late Monday.
The decision came after the channel broadcast an American film including sexually explicit scenes between a near-naked man and woman on Sunday night.
No Longer Flush With Cash, TV News Enters Belt-Tightening Era (The Hollywood Reporter)
While it is not yet clear how widespread layoffs and staff reductions will be across the TV news landscape, the belt-tightening is in full effect. And with the 2022 midterm elections effectively over (Georgia’s Senate runoff and a handful of close races notwithstanding), the opportunity is presenting itself to trim back on spending — at least until the 2024 presidential election kicks into high gear at some point next year. And that anxiety is already being felt in newsrooms and studios across the country.
Bloomberg, Papercup Localise News For Spanish-Speaking Countries (Rapid TV News)
Global business and financial news provider Bloomberg Media has announced a partnership with UK artificial intelligence (AI) start-up Papercup to localise video content through AI dubbing on YouTube for Spanish-speaking audiences in Latin America and the US.
CNN Considers Outside Anchor To Boost Primetime (Variety)
Executives at the Warner Bros. Discovery-backed news outlet are considering the prospect of hiring a host from outside the network’s roster of correspondents to lead at least an hour in primetime, according to a person familiar with the matter. The plan surfaces after CNN CEO Chris Licht told a town-hall assemblage of CNN staffers Tuesday in New York that he intended to turn his focus to CNN’s 9 p.m. hour after debuting a new morning program led by Don Lemon, Poppy Harlow and Kaitlan Collins.
Alinity “Afraid'“ After Netflix Contacts Her For OnlyFans Documentary (Dexerto)
Over the last few years, Alinity has grown to be one of the most popular female streamers on Twitch with over 1.5 million followers on the platform.
Alongside streaming, Alinity is also one of the top OnlyFans creators — and makes significantly more money on OF than she does on Twitch.
US Broadband Motors On In Q3 As Major Pay-TV Keeps Shedding Subs (Rapid TV News)
The very divergent paths taken by the broadband and pay-TV industries in the US over the course of the third quarter of 2022 have been revealed starkly by Leichtman Research Group (LRG) with the former showing 825,000 net customer additions while the latter lost about 785,000.