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Showbiz Sandbox 542: TV Networks Are Upfront About Streaming Plans

Last week all the big television networks in the United States went through the old fashioned ritual of inviting advertisers to big presentations of their fall programming. Besides being virtual a lot has changed for the networks, including primetime scheduling, which is now an afterthought. Instead they emphasized streaming and the range of content available through numerous platforms including network, broadcast and their new subscription services.

Meanwhile, the global box office is revving its engines with “F9” opening to huge numbers internationally, pushing the “Fast & Furious” franchise over the $6 billion mark. Movie theaters in Europe are reopening just in time to show the movie.

Of course we also cover some of the week’s top entertainment headlines including why Amazon may purchase MGM, this year’s Eurovision contest and the return of music festivals.



Italy wins Eurovision Song Contest as the World’s Biggest Music Event Returns in Rotterdam

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/eurovision-song-contest-2021-winner-scli-intl/index.html

Box Office: ‘F9’ Speeds to Huge $162.4M Start Overseas

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movies/movie-news/box-office-f9-fast-furious-f9-huge-start-1234957461/

CNN Cuts Ties With Contributor Rick Santorum

https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/cnn-rick-santorum-parts-ways-tv-news-1234979497/

Megadeth Fires Bassist David Ellefson After Sexual Misconduct Allegations

https://variety.com/2021/music/news/megadeth-david-ellefson-fires-sexual-misconduct-1234980355/

Sky Cancels ‘Bulletproof’ Following Noel Clarke Sexual Misconduct Allegations

https://variety.com/2021/tv/global/sky-bulletproof-canceled-noel-clarke-1234978427/

Glenn Gordon Caron Out As ‘Bull’ Showrunner, Deal With CBS Studios Ends

https://deadline.com/2021/05/glenn-gordon-caron-out-bull-showrunner-deal-with-cbs-studios-ends-1234762232/

‘Shadow and Bone’ Makes Solid Debut in Nielsen Streaming Chart

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/tv/tv-news/shadow-and-bone-nielsen-streaming-april-19-25-2021-1234956706/

BBC To Return BAFTA After Inquiry Savages Fakery Used To Secure Princess Diana Interview

https://deadline.com/2021/05/bbc-return-bafta-princess-diana-lord-dyson-1234761012/

Pornhub ‘Remastured’ Vintage Porn Films Using AI Colorizing Technology

https://www.inputmag.com/tech/ai-has-been-used-to-colorize-vintage-porn

New Owner Set for Chicago Tribune, Daily News and Baltimore Sun

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