Mumbrella’s Summer Shorts series – ep. 12

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Short shorts

  • Prime’s chief executive Ian Audsley and chief financial officer John Palisi stepped down on December 31 after being made redundant as part of the sales process with Seven West Media. Prime’s chairman, Cass O’Connor, praised Mr Audsley’s contribution to the business in a statement put out on Friday: “Ian has been an increasingly influential network television executive over the past 30 years. Ian’s championship of regional television ad spend via Boomtown and structural reform benefited the entire regional television industry in Australia.” Mr Palisi has been appointed as a non-executive director of Prime to assist with the winding-up of the shell company. (WA Today)
  • Square Enix president Yosuke Matsuda issues a New Year’s letter indicating the company will pursue blockchain games and NFTs in 2022. (Forbes)

  • Ex-Meta, and the co-founder of CrowdTangle, Brandon Silverman has been working with Congress on legislation to make tech companies disclose their inner workings. (New York Times)
  • Samsung is revealing a new lineup of smart TVs at CES 2022 today, including features as exotic as radio-wave powered remote controls and support for NFTs. CES will end a day early, finishing up on January 7. (The Verge)
  • Expected in the next few months, CNN+’s “Parental Guidance With Anderson Cooper” will air weekly, “as Cooper consults experts on how to navigate life as a working father and confront everyday parenting challenges from sleep schedules to screen time,” CNN said. (USA Today)
  • Microsoft says it is aware of a programming flaw which saw some customers’ Exchange servers stop processing emails just as the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Eve. System administrators, who are sharing workarounds on social media, have dubbed the bug Y2K22 – in the style of the Y2K bug which affected some computers at exactly the same time 22 years earlier. (Sky News)
  • HBO Max, LATAM and Touch pushed the limits of in-flight entertainment (IFE) recently: One day after the new sequel to “Sex and the City” arrived on WarnerMedia’s direct-to-consumer HBO Max streaming platform, every LATAM passenger onboard flight LA8180 from São Paulo to New York could access the first episode premiering exclusively on their inflight entertainment system. (Runwaygirlnetwork)
  • A five-episode feature series “Poetry Sans Frontiers” was broadcast on CGTN’s multi-language channels and various new media platforms, embracing diversity and common humanity through poetry. (PR Newswire)

  • Messenger platform Whatsapp banned over 1.75 million Indian accounts in November last year for allegedly abusing its service, the company said in its sixth user safety monthly report on Sunday. (
  • The merger of Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL) and Sony Pictures Network India (SPNI) is likely to raise stakes for global entertainment giants, Sony and Disney, for dominance in the lucrative Indian television market space. (MiG)
  • TVS Motor Company and BMW Motorrad are extending and expanding their long-term partnership with the joint development of new platforms and future technologies, including electric vehicles. (Manila Times)
  • A parody of an AMC Theatres advertisement starring Nicole Kidman has been posted by a video creator.

  • An update to the film and audiovisual laws in Portugal has now come into effect. One of the new features of the legislation is the creation of a 1% tax on income from streaming platforms operating in Portugal, such as HBO, Netflix, Disney+ and Amazon Prime Vídeo, with the proceeds to be given to the Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual (ICA). Those platforms will also have obligations to invest in cinema and audiovisual production in Portugal, namely series and films. (The Portugal News)
  • New York City has just spent $11.5 million to buy 184 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT crossover SUV electric vehicles to be distributed amongst the NYC Police Department and various other city agencies. (cleantechnica)
  • Online food delivery platforms Swiggy and Zomato hit an all-time high in sales volumes in India on New Year’s Eve 2021, as people stayed indoors owing to a surge in Covid-19 cases. (The Economic Times)

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