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Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings will host "Jeopardy!" for the year
Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings will host "Jeopardy!" for the year

Bialik was selected as interim host, and her episodes will air through Nov. 5.

Sep 16, 2021 - Economy & Business
Legacy media is booming

The COVID-19 crisis has taken a toll on the Pay-TV industry, but investors feel optimistic.

Mar 18, 2021 - Economy & Business
Facebook to lift political ad ban imposed after November election

The ban has been in place since Nov. 3 and aimed to curb misinformation and confusion following the election.

Mar 3, 2021 - Economy & Business
Ben Shapiro is launching a new show

Shaprio says he will walk viewers through "all of the supporting research" to debunk arguments made by the left.

Feb 24, 2021 - Economy & Business
Streaming price hikes make it less of a cheap cable alternative

YouTube TV and ESPN+ are both raising their monthly charges.

Jul 1, 2020 - Economy & Business
The nerve center of the American news cycle

Wednesday was the number one day in Twitter's history for downloads.

Jun 9, 2020 - Technology

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The NFL has an extraordinary grip on America’s media diet

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The NFL has had a banner season in terms of ratings and engagement, thanks in large part to the return of fans to stadiums, a slew of suspenseful games and of course, some off-field drama.

Why it matters: The 2021 viewership spike has quieted concerns regarding 2020's COVID-related decline, while also justifying the $100+ billion in media deals the league signed with its partners in March.

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Jan 13, 2022 - Economy & Business

TikTokers out-earn top CEOs

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Data: Forbes, Wall Street Journal; Images: Getty; Table: Thomas Oide/Axios

Charli D’Amelio is bringing home more than some top CEOs, per The Wall Street Journal.

Why it matters: TikTok — now more popular than Google — has propelled creators like D’Amelio, 17, into a new class of business empires driven by follower count.

Jan 13, 2022 - Economy & Business

Baby Shark becomes first YouTube video to hit 10 billion views

Photo: Taylor Hill/Getty Images for Baby Shark

“Baby Shark,” the viral children’s nursery rhyme that has inspired everything from Halloween costumes to a new movie, has become the first video to rack up over 10 billion views on YouTube.

Why it matters: “Baby Shark“ has become one of the few children’s songs to break through and become universally known in the modern era. Other popular nursery songs, like “Itsy Bitsy Spider” and “Wheels on the Bus,” are many-decades old. The viral kids tune became the most-viewed video on YouTube in November 2020.

Jan 13, 2022 - Economy & Business

Telemundo launches bilingual content destination for Peacock

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Telemundo on Thursday said it is launching "TPlus," a content hub on Peacock that caters to both Spanish and English speakers.

Why it matters: "We hope this will help Peacock become the premier home for Hispanic content in the U.S.," said Romina Rosado, executive vice president and general manager of Hispanic Streaming.

Jan 12, 2022 - Economy & Business

D.C. journalists launch media startup called "Grid"


A group of D.C.-based journalists on Wednesday launched a new media company called "Grid" that focuses on hard news analysis and investigative reporting.

Why it matters: Grid debuts amid a flurry of new media companies looking to reach a similar audience of wealthy, elite professionals.

Jan 11, 2022 - Economy & Business

Media experts sound alarm on rise of paywalled content

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

It’s a bull market for media companies targeting high-end readers, with Justin Smith and Ben Smith joining the likes of Puck, Air Mail, The Information, Axios, Punchbowl News, and others targeting influential, wealthy individuals with new digital publications.

Why it matters: "In this commercial environment, quality is being supported by paying audiences," said Rodney Benson, chair of NYU's Department of Media, Culture, and Communication. "Obviously, long-term, this is going to have tremendously negative civic effects."

"Gun shy": Investor blasts The Athletic for sale to N.Y. Times

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A venture capital investor in The Athletic is criticizing the company for its $550-million sale to The New York Times, saying the media upstart was "gun shy and on defense post-COVID."

Why it matters: This is a reminder that there can be downsides to raising venture capital at high valuations.

Jan 11, 2022 - Economy & Business

Candle Media acquires Faraway Road Productions amid buying spree

Candle Media, a new media rollup company backed by Blackstone and led by former Disney executives Tom Staggs and Kevin Mayer, has acquired Faraway Road Productions, the content studio behind Fauda.

Why it matters: It's the latest production studio to be snapped up by the pair. They are looking to create a global media company via rollup brands that they can one day take public, per The Information.

Jan 11, 2022 - Economy & Business

The ad tech industry's record rebound

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Data: LUMA Partners; Chart: Baidi Wang/Axios

A record number of advertising and marketing technology companies went public last year, according to a new report from LUMA Partners, a leading media and marketing investment firm. Deal volume among ad tech, marketing tech and digital media companies soared 82% year-over-year.

Why it matters: It wasn't long ago that investors were pulling back from the ad tech industry, fearing it would crumble as the sector moved away from tracking cookies and toward privacy-focused targeting solutions.

Jan 11, 2022 - Economy & Business

Women take top business roles at news outlets

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

Several women were named to top business positions at news companies in the past week, adding to a broader trend of women assuming top editorial roles at news companies in the past year.

Why it matters: Business leaders tend to oversee departments that are critical to the mission of news companies, like revenue, marketing, communications and human resources.

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