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News Website DCist Shut Down By NPR Outlet WAMU; 15 Staffers Laid Off

As with (still-operational) local news sites Gothamist, LAist, and others, DCist was acquired by its nearby public radio station when the -ist sites' parent shut down. WAMU management says it is refocusing on audio content, and the DCist website is now unavailable to the public. - The Washington Post (MSN)

France’s Film Industry Enters A New Phase Of #MeToo

"Actors who allege they were teenage victims of sexual and physical abuse by directors decades older than them are shining the light on the repulsive underside of the country’s industry. The latest step in the #MeToo movement could come at the French cinema awards (the Césars) on Friday." - AP

Vice Media Is — Well, If It’s Not Completely Dead, It’s A Zombie

"Several hundred of Vice’s remaining 900 employees will soon be laid off in a restructuring that essentially kills off the editorial brand. … No more stories will be published on Vice.com. But … remaining employees will put 'more emphasis on our social channels as we accelerate our discussion with partners.'" - Vulture (MSN)

Hollywood Report: Leadership Of Women In Top 100 Movies In 2023 Was Down

Despite the $1.4bn success of Barbie, last year’s top 100 films saw just 30 feature a female lead or co-lead, the worst result since 2014 according to a new study by the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative. - The Guardian

With Two Of L.A.’s Major Film Festivals Now Gone, A Streaming Company Launches A New One

Though this is arguably a great time for SoCal's cineastes, there's been trouble sustaining big events: Outfest collapsed last year, and the Los Angeles Film Festival closed back in 2018. So indie-film presenter Mezzanine and streaming platform Mubi have organized the new Los Angeles Festival of Movies. - Los Angeles Times (Yahoo!)

Berlin Taxi Drivers Put On A Makeshift Film Festival In The Backs Of Their Cabs

The TaxiFilmFest is in part a protest against the august Berlin Film Festival, currently in full swing, which signed an exclusive agreement with Uber to ferry participants between cinemas. But it's also a celebration of "the taxicab's iconic place in the urban landscape." - The New York Times

AM Radio Is Dying. Bernie Sanders And Ted Cruz Want To Save It

According to Ford’s internal data gathered from some of its newer vehicles, less than 5 percent of all in-car listening is to AM radio. Which is perhaps why Ford decided last year to drop AM from all of its vehicles, not just EVs. - The Atlantic

TV Industry Contracts And Talent Scrambles For Jobs

On top of fewer shows and virtually no pilots, the available acting gigs pay less than they used to amid rising cost of living, talent sources say. - Deadline

Why The Village Voice Worked

People showed up straight from college, because working at the Voice had always been their dream, despite substandard wages and word rates, paltry expense budgets, and barely habitable offices. - Village Voice

The Alabama Radio Station Whose 200-Foot Transmission Tower Was Stolen Is Back On The Air

WJLX (1240 AM) in Jasper has an FM-frequency repeater, but without the AM station's tower providing the original signal and programming, the repeater was useless. Then an exec from the country's largest radio broadcaster, iHeartMedia, came to the rescue, offering use of the HD3 signal from WDXB in Birmingham. - Inside Radio

This Upstart Has Surpassed Netflix To Become Africa’s Number-One Streamer

"Showmax — (a South African company) spun out of Africa’s largest entertainment (conglomerate), MultiChoice, in 2015 — had 2.1 million subscribers on the continent at the end of November 2023, as compared to 1.8 million for Netflix. … Showmax’s market share rose to nearly 39%, while Netflix dropped to 33.5%." - Rest of World

Inside The Rural Alabama Radio Station Whose Entire Transmission Tower Was Stolen

"Many in Jasper, a city of about 14,000 (located) 40 miles northwest of Birmingham, fear the culprits have taken more than a heap of steel. Listeners describe WJLX as a trusted source …, breaking through the noise of a cluttered (media) landscape ... with something that felt distinctly theirs." - The New York Times

Comcast And Paramount Talk About Combining Peacock And Paramount+ Into A Package

Along with making access to the two platforms comparatively cheaper than buying separate subscriptions, the partnership would help Comcast and Paramount “produce significant cost savings — from spending on programming to marketing.” - The Verge

Miyazaki Won In London, But At The Annies, It’s All Spidey

The Annies hand out prizes in animation for series and film - and Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse cleaned up, beating The Boy and the Heron to best picture and winning six other awards. - Los Angeles Times

This Year’s New Hollywood A-Lister Is A Real Dog

That star is Messi - not the soccer player, but the border collie who won the Palme Dog at Cannes. - The Guardian (UK)

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