The 11th Hour Dispatch – Monday, April 9, 2018

Subscribe to The 11th Hour Dispatch, Karma’s new anti-newsletter newsletter. BINGE WATCH Netflix is offering up to $300 million for the billboard company Regency Outdoor Advertising, proving that even the biggest in digital still need a bit of analog to thrive. Regency owns billboards all across Los Angeles, including on the Sunset Strip, at Los Angeles International Airport, near UCLA, on several major freeways (which LA is definitely not short of), and close to the Los Angeles Angels’ stadium. While $300 million

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The 11th Hour Dispatch – Friday, April 6, 2018

Subscribe to The 11th Hour Dispatch, Karma’s new anti-newsletter newsletter. BINGE WATCH YouTube TV is looking to add six new channels from digital publishers to its service. A few of the additions include The Young Turks, Tastemade, and our cheesy friends at the NYSE, Cheddar. No firm date on when you could bingewatch these in all your slovenly Sunday afternoon glory, but sources close to the situation say it could be a couple of weeks. This wouldn’t be the first addition of

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The 11th Hour Dispatch – Thursday, April 5, 2018

Subscribe to The 11th Hour Dispatch, Karma’s new anti-newsletter newsletter. BINGE WATCH Netflix is taking its first steps into theme parks with a Stranger Things partnership with NBCUniversal-owned Universal Studios. The themed maze experiences will mirror the series’ infamous Upside Down and will be a part of the Halloween Horror Nights series this fall at Universal’s Hollywood, Singapore, and Orlando parks. A Demogorgan will even stalk guests if you’re hankering for a heart attack. This partnership will give the streaming giant, the

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The 11th Hour Dispatch – Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Subscribe to The 11th Hour Dispatch, Karma’s new anti-newsletter newsletter. BINGE WATCH The YouTuber-led record label Heard Well has announced two new podcasts in partnership with the audio platform Castbox. The company has become known for releasing compilation albums from popular influencers including Tyler Oakley, Kingsley, and the Heard Well co-founder, Connor Franta. The two new podcasts don’t stray too far from that compilation model. Heard Well Now, which has already launched with 80 (!) episodes, pairs popular digital creators with musical

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The 11th Hour Dispatch – Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Subscribe to The 11th Hour Dispatch, Karma’s new anti-newsletter newsletter. BINGE WATCH Pluto TV has hired former Turner Sports VP of sales and Bleacher Report chief revenue officer Rich Calacci as its first CRO. The free TV service has also hired Harold Morgenstern as head of national ad sales and Matt Katrosar as head of West Coast advertising sales. The company plans to open national ad sales offices in Detroit and Chicago and has been working to bulk out its executive lineup. These hires

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The 11th Hour Dispatch – Monday, April 2, 2018

Subscribe to The 11th Hour Dispatch, Karma’s new anti-newsletter newsletter. BINGE WATCH ESPN’s streaming service, ESPN+, has finally announced its previously promised spring drop date: April 12, 2018. The service will cost $4.99 per month and will offer live sports, original content, and on-demand programming. This offering includes around 180 MLB games, over 180 NHL games, year-round boxing matches, over 250 MLS games, PGA Tour live golf, thousands of college games in virtually every sport, Grand Slam Tennis, and an array of rugby and cricket

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The 11th Hour Dispatch – Thursday, March 29, 2018

Subscribe to The 11th Hour Dispatch, Karma’s new anti-newsletter newsletter. BINGE WATCH A first-look deal for you and first-look deal for you! Michael Showalter has signed with Annapurna Television, and Chelsea Handler has penned a deal with Universal Television and Universal Television Alternative Studio. The deal with Showalter’s recently founded Semi-Formal Productions includes a TV show already in development as well as any future projects. Here’s just a peak at Showalter’s stacked resume if you’re wondering if he’s qualified: director of Oscar-nominated The Big Sick; writer and director

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The 11th Hour Dispatch – Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Subscribe to The 11th Hour Dispatch, Karma’s new anti-newsletter newsletter. BINGE WATCH The Roseanne reboot obliterated ratings last night, hitting 18.2 million viewers at its peak and 5.1 rating in the 18-49 demo. That makes it the highest-rated comedy broadcast since September 2014. That also gives it higher ratings than the original Roseanne‘s series finale, which only pulled in 16.6 million in 1997. Reboots are all the rage right now, and while others have had decent returns (Will & Grace returned with

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The 11th Hour Dispatch – Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Subscribe to The 11th Hour Dispatch, Karma’s new anti-newsletter newsletter. BINGE WATCH BuzzFeed has hired Meredith Corporation’s former SVP and general manager of video Melinda Lee as its first-ever chief content officer of its new division BuzzFeed Media Brands. The massively popular Tasty brand will live under this new division, as well as DIY brand Nifty and wellness brand Goodful. Two new brands, As/Is, which focuses on beauty and style, and Playfull, which will cover all things parenting, will also join the family. BuzzFeed is likely

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The 11th Hour Dispatch – Monday, March 26, 2018

Subscribe to The 11th Hour Dispatch, Karma’s new anti-newsletter newsletter. BINGE WATCH Cannes Film Festival has banned Netflix (and also selfies, for some reason) in the latest case of traditional cinema being too high-and-mighty for those disgusting streaming services. Head of the festival Thierry Fremaux has barred Netflix and other streaming services from competing in this year’s festival after “worldwide outrage” at last year’s festivities when Netflix’s Okja and The Meyerowitz Stories were allowed to compete (even though they did not win). Under the new rules,

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