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Poker Face, Harlem, Shrinking

Never fear, your streaming update is here: Geek Girl Riot gives you the lowdown on Poker Face, Harlem, Shrinking, and more new TV—joined by special guest Tim Gordon of Keeping it Reel with FilmGordon.

Launch Lays Off 60 Employees, Secures Funding Amidst Shrinking Revenue

Launch announced that it will eliminate approximately 60 positions, reducing its staff levels to a total of 175 while consolidating its Santa Monica operations into one facility. Additionally, the company discontinued its European expansion plans. The company reported that net revenues for the first quarter of 2001 were $3.8 million, compared to $6.4 million for the same quarter last year. According to a company announcement, 70 percent of revenues were from advertising and 30 percent from content licensing. Launch also announced today that it has signed a non-binding term sheet providing for $5 million in a secured convertible note financing.… Read more »

Watch This Week – 1/29

This week: Supergirl, The Flash, Black Lightning, Riverdale, Grown-ish, Happy, The Good Place, A.P. Bio, Altered Carbon, Absentia, This is Us, Star Trek: Discovery

Interview: To Write Love On Her Arms

idobi writer Alexa Gallo sat down with Chad Moses from To Write Love On Her Arms at South By So What to find out more about the organization, expand on their Fears vs. Dreams campaign, and how you can get involved.

Conan taking $45M to leave ‘Tonight Show’

Conan O’Brien signed a $45 million deal to leave NBC after refusing to host the “Tonight Show” in a later time period, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Jay Leno will return as host on March 1, NBC said.

Atlantic Records' digital sales surpass CDs

Since MP3s first became popular a decade ago, music industry executives have obsessed over this question: when would digital music revenue finally surpass compact disc sales? For Atlantic Records, the label that in years past has delivered artists like Ray Charles, John Coltrane and Led Zeppelin, that time, apparently, is now. Atlantic, a unit of Warner Music Group, says it has reached a milestone that no other major record label has hit: more than half of its music sales in the United States are now from digital products, like downloads on iTunes and ring tones for cellphones. “We’re like a… Read more »

Rolling Stone Ends Trademark Oversize Format

Rolling Stone magazine is shrinking with the times. After more than four decades of standing out with a larger format than other magazines, it will step back and look like everyone else starting with the Oct. 30 issue, due out this week. The adoption of a standard format could boost single-copy sales and reduce production costs for advertising inserts such as scent strips and tear-out postcards. The magazine says any cost savings, though, will be offset by the inclusion of more pages and the shift to thicker, glossier paper. Like other devoted readers, Eddie Ward, 35, said he will miss… Read more »

MySpace Rolls Out Music Service With All Labels

MySpace, the world's largest social networking site, on Wednesday unveiled a long-expected joint venture with all four major music companies in a bid to compete with Apple Inc's market-leading iTunes store. MySpace Music is designed to win fans with a mix of unlimited free music, comprehensive music catalogs, concert tickets, merchandising and other entertainment features. The launch of the new service had been dogged by speculation on the start date and the ongoing search for a chief executive. But the biggest challenge for the new venture was signing a deal with the fourth-largest music company EMI Music, which had held… Read more »

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