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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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Livestream shopping platform NTWRK raises $50 million

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NTWRK, a livestream shopping platform, has raised $50 million in a new funding round, bringing its total amount raised to $60 million, the company said Thursday.

Why it matters: The pandemic dramatically expedited the shift to e-commerce, further increasing the opportunity for platforms like NTWRK to capitalize on growing trends, like live video shopping.

Sep 22, 2021 - Economy & Business

Netflix acquires Roald Dahl Story Company

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Netflix said Wednesday that it's acquiring the Roald Dahl Story Company (RDSC), the UK-based company that owns and manages the rights of the storied works from the late British author Roald Dahl. Deal terms weren't disclosed.

Why it matters: It's likely one of Netflix's largest content acquisitions. Netflix typically licenses programming for its streaming service, instead of buying the rights outright.

Hispanic Heritage Month: Gracias, México, for color TVs

The patent diagram (left) from Guillermo González Camarena's chromoscopic adapter, and he and the engineer (right inspecting TV equipment around 1955 in Mexico City. Photos: U.S. Patent Office and Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia de México

Credit Mexican engineering and entrepreneurship for developments that led to the color television, oral contraception and finding a way to help mend the ozone layer.

Why it matters: The contributions helped modernize how we could see the world; improve women's health and expand women's roles beyond the home; and identify dangerous emissions and how to reduce them.

Government Accountability Office hits media for lacking Latinos

U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Latinos are severely underrepresented in the media industry and have made few gains in film, television, or newsrooms since 2014, according to a preliminary U.S. Government Accountability Office report.

The big picture: The study by Congress's watchdog followed a request from U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas), who has been speaking out about the lack of Hispanic staffers in media outlets and the stereotypes that persist from that exclusion.

Updated Sep 21, 2021 - Economy & Business

Exclusive: Minute Media, FanDuel expand partnership with new funding

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Minute Media has raised “tens of millions of dollars” in a previously unreported funding round, with participation from sports betting giant FanDuel, its founder and CEO Asaf Peled tells Axios.

Why it matters: The funding will strengthen a years-long partnership as Minute Media seeks to invest more in sports betting, and FanDuel more in content.

Updated Sep 21, 2021 - Technology

Exclusive: The Washington Post launches digital ad network

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The Washington Post on Tuesday launched an ad network as part of its Zeus advertising technology business, executives told Axios. The network has been in the works for two years.

Why it matters: Marketers have long said they want to buy ads with the ease and efficiency of platforms like Google and Facebook, but on trusted websites like premium news publishers. This ad network solves that.

Sep 21, 2021 - Economy & Business

Exclusive: Industry Dive acquires PharmaVOICE, revenue to hit $80M

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Industry Dive, a Washington, D.C.-based business journalism outlet, is acquiring PharmaVOICE, a trade publication for pharmaceutical industry executives, its CEO and co-founder Sean Griffey tells Axios. The deal marks Industry Dive's fourth acquisition in the last year and a half.

Why it matters: The company, which is expected to finish 2021 with more than $80 million in revenue, is pursuing a similar strategy to several other media companies that are trying to remain independent: acquire small brands to get bigger incrementally.

Sep 21, 2021 - Economy & Business

Exclusive: 6AM City raises over $5 million, expands to 24 cities

Co-founders Ryan Heafy, COO (left), and Ryan Johnston, CEO. Photo: Bonfire Visuals

6AM City, a newsletter-driven local news company, has raised a new round of funding north of $5 million, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: 6AM City is one of the fastest-growing startups catered specifically to local news.

Hispanic and Latino Americans remain marginalized in popular films, report finds

The cast from "In The Heights" at its opening in June. Photo: John Lamparski/FilmMagic via Getty Images

Latino and Hispanic Americans are vastly neglected and poorly represented in popular films, according to a new report from the University of Southern California's Annenberg Inclusion Initiative.

Why it matters: The report, released on the first day of Hispanic Heritage Month, found that while Hispanic and Latino Americans have the highest per-capita theater attendance in the nation, they're rarely cast in lead roles in popular films.

The biggest toss-up in TV

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The future of television likely rests on the winner of an intense bidding war for one of the most sought-after programming packages in America: NFL Sunday Ticket. 

Why it matters: The winner of this multi-billion-dollar battle between tech giants and traditional media companies will have an enormous advantage as premium sports content goes digital.

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