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Telecom Italia loses CEO in boardroom clash after KKR offer

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The Tim logo is seen at its headquarters in Rome, Italy November 22, 2021. REUTERS/Yara Nardi/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.com Register TIM Brazil head Labriola named director general KKR has tabled $12 billion proposal to take TIM private Under fire from top investor, CEO offers......

Disney World puts COVID-19 vaccination mandate policy on hold

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Fireworks go off around Cinderella’s castle during the grand opening ceremony for Walt Disney World’s Fantasyland in Lake Buena Vista, Florida December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Scott Audette Register now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.com Register Nov 20 (Reuters) – Disney World near Orlando, Florida, operated by Walt Disney Co (DIS.N),......

Premier League reaches six-year U.S. TV deal with NBC Sports

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Soccer Football – Premier League – Manchester City v Everton – Etihad Stadium, Manchester, Britain – May 23, 2021 Manchester City’s Fernandinho lifts the trophy as they celebrate winning the Premier League Pool via REUTERS/Peter Powell Register now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.com Register Nov 18 (Reuters) – The......

U.S. journalist held in Myanmar charged with terrorism, sedition – lawyer

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Nov 10 (Reuters) – An American journalist detained in military-ruled Myanmar accused of incitement is facing new charges of sedition and terrorism, his lawyer said on Wednesday, in a setback for U.S. efforts to secure his release. Danny Fenster, 37, who was managing editor of Frontier Myanmar, a top independent......

Filming on ‘Black Panther’ sequel paused after Letitia Wright set injury

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70th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2018 – Letitia Wright. REUTERS/Kyle Grillot LOS ANGELES, Nov 5 (Reuters) – The sequel to Disney’s “Black Panther” movie is shutting down production for at least a month to allow star Letitia Wright to recover from an injury, Hollywood......

Newsmax, One America News sued by voting technology firm Smartmatic

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WASHINGTON/NEW YORK, Nov 3 (Reuters) – Voting technology company Smartmatic on Wednesday sued right-wing U.S. television networks One America News and Newsmax, saying they must be held accountable for spreading conspiracy theories about the 2020 U.S. presidential election. In separate lawsuits, Smartmatic accused OAN and Newsmax of knowingly spreading false......

New Mexico, site of Baldwin set shooting, plays key role for Hollywood

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SANTA FE, N.M., Oct 24 (Reuters) – The dusty desert landscapes of New Mexico have provided the perfect backdrop for Hollywood Westerns, but the state also has served as a filming location for everything from drug-dealing drama “Breaking Bad” to sci-fi mystery “Stranger Things.” New Mexico’s role in the TV......

Ecclestone offered ski role, agrees with Verstappen on Netflix

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Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 27, 2019 Bernie Ecclestone during practice REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov LONDON, Oct 24 (Reuters) – Ex-Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone, 91 on Thursday, is adamant about one thing after being offered an advisory role by the new head......

Disney resolves dispute with Scarlett Johansson over ‘Black Widow’ movie

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Scarlett Johansson poses on the red carpet during the Oscars arrivals at the 92nd Academy Awards in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S., February 9, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Blake LOS ANGELES, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Walt Disney Co (DIS.N) and actress Scarlett Johansson have resolved their legal dispute stemming from the release......

Amplitude valued at $5 bln after shares jump in Nasdaq debut

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Sept 28 (Reuters) – Shares of Amplitude Inc (AMPL.O) opened nearly 43% above their reference price in their Nasdaq debut on Tuesday, notching up a valuation of about $5 billion for the Benchmark-backed analytics company. San Francisco-based Amplitude, which confidentially filed for a direct listing in July, was valued at......

Amazon launches robot to roll around house, Disney resort voice assistant

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Sept 28 (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) on Tuesday announced a household, canine-like robot called Astro and a deal with Walt Disney Co(DIS.N) to imbue its voice-controlled tech in resort hotels, striving to make its virtual aide Alexa a bigger part of consumers’ lives. The home robot is designed to......

China urges cartoon producers to resist ‘unhealthy’ content

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People watch a giant screen broadcasting Chinese President Xi Jinping’s speech at a celebration marking the 100th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of China, in Shanghai July 1, 2021. REUTERS/Aly Song SHANGHAI, Sept 25 (Reuters) – China’s broadcasting regulator said it will encourage online producers to create “healthy” cartoons......

Amazon launches service aggregating video streaming apps in India

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The logo of streaming service Amazon Prime Video is seen in this illustration picture taken March 5, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/File Photo NEW DELHI, Sept 24 (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) launched in India on Friday eight global and local streaming services on its video platform, in a move aimed at......

Sony Group unit to buy India’s Zee Entertainment

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BENGALURU, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Sony Group Corp’s (6758.T) Indian unit will buy media giant Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (ZEEL) (ZEE.NS), days after Zee’s shareholders asked for a management reshuffle, including the exit of Chief Executive Punit Goenka from the board. Zee, which has a presence in television broadcasting and......

Dinner party-style Emmys display little overt sign of pandemic constraints

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LOS ANGELES, Sept 19 (Reuters) – While departing yet again from the look of Primetime Emmys of yore, Sunday’s presentation of television’s highest honors gave little overt appearance of being constrained by a second year of the COVID-19 pandemic. So much so, that the night’s first presenter, comic actor-writer Seth......

Universal Studios Beijing to draw eager throngs amid uneasy U.S.-China ties

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BEIJING, Sept 20 (Reuters) – Universal Studios’ Beijing resort was set to open its doors to the public on Monday after a two-decade wait, including delays because of COVID-19. The highly-anticipated opening takes place amid U.S.-China relations that have deeply deteriorated in recent years. The park will be U.S.-based Universal’s......

Billy Porter, and stars of ‘The Crown’ hit Emmy Awards red carpet

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LOS ANGELES, Sept 19 (Reuters) – “Pose” star Billy Porter and British actor Josh O’Connor were among the early arrivals in Los Angeles for the Emmy Awards on Sunday on a night where “The Crown” and comedy “Ted Lasso” are expected to dominate the annual ceremony for the top television......

Biden to meet U.S. CEOs in ‘rallying cry’ for vaccine mandates

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WASHINGTON, Sept 15 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden was scheduled to meet on Wednesday with business leaders and CEOs, as he pushes companies to require workers to be vaccinated amid a surge in COVID-19 infections among those not yet inoculated. Biden last week announced vaccine mandates for all federal......

AT&T anticipates pending WarnerMedia-Discovery deal to close by mid-2022

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AT&T logo is seen on a smartphone in front of displayed Discovery and Warner Media logos in this illustration taken May 17, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic Sept 14 (Reuters) – Telecoms company AT&T (T.N) said it anticipates that the pending deal to combine WarnerMedia’s media assets with Discovery Inc (DISCA.O) will......

TV aggregator Roku to launch its players in Germany

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A video sign displays the logo for Roku Inc, a Fox-backed video streaming firm, in Times Square after the company’s IPO at the Nasdaq Market in New York, U.S., September 28, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid BERLIN, Sept 6 (Reuters) – (This Sept. 6 story corrects final paragraph on UK pricing of......

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