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The Federal “CARES” Act Stimulus Legislation Benefits For Media/Tech Companies
1000 648 David Hoppe

The $2 trillion COVID-19 package includes federally-guaranteed loans and grants for qualifying medium-size and small companies.

For Medium-Size Companies (generally 500 to 10,000 employees), the CARES Act provides loans at a two-percent interest rate, with no payments due for the first six months.

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Netflix Producing Diablo Animated TV Show; Overwatch Show in Development
1000 648 David Hoppe

Nick van Dyk, the president of Activision Blizzard, recently updated his LinkedIn profile to reveal upcoming animated adaptations of the Diablo and Overwatch properties. While the information was surely added intentionally by Van Dyk himself, Activision Blizzard has not yet made any formal announcement regarding either television adaptation. For now, the details…

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Drake Signs Exclusive, Multi-year Deal with Streaming Platform Caffeine
1000 648 David Hoppe

Drake is getting into the streaming game. Streaming platform Caffeine signed a multi-year deal with the rapper to bring exclusive content to the platform. As part of the deal, Caffeine will work with Drake to produce and livestream rap battles with the “Ultimate Rap League” (URL), the world’s largest battle rap platform.…

One-Month Countdown to the New California Consumer Privacy Act: Is Your Business Ready?
1000 648 Sachiko Bussey

What is CCPA? The California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) becomes effective January 1, 2020. It will provide California consumers with an unprecedented level of privacy protection while requiring affected businesses to both make certain privacy-related disclosures and to respond, without delay, to consumer’s requests regarding privacy.  To avoid penalties, and to minimize…

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Music Streaming Comes to Japan; But Will it Last?
1000 648 David Hoppe

Two weeks ago, Line Corp.’s, the operators of Japan’s most popular messaging app, launched an in-app music streaming service called Line Music. Japan is the second-largest music market in the world after the United States, but its consumers have so far been global outliers, clinging to physical products like CDs and DVDs,…

If Content Is King, Then Netflix Rules!
1000 648 David Hoppe

“Sometimes you’re up, and sometimes you’re down,” the old saying goes. And no one knows that better than Netflix. After several dismal years, and a crisis of investor confidence, the company is flying pretty high these days. The internet streaming giant has awoken and has come roaring back to life. Back in…

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Your Television is about to be Disrupted!
1000 648 David Hoppe

Major broadcast networks including Disney’s ABC, News Corp, CBS, and Comcast’s NBC Universal are in a fight for their lives, so to speak. Their nemesis: Aereo, a start-up that offers live television streaming over the internet. Unlike satellite or cable companies, which pay the networks hefty retransmission/licensing fees, Aereo has found a…