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EPIX relaunches as MGM+ on January 15

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Video streaming service EPIX is relaunching as MGM+ on January 15, 2023, with a programming line-up dominated by the third season of 'Godfather of Harlem', starring and executive produced by Forest Whitaker and created by Chris Brancato and Paul Eckstein, the creators of 'Narcos'.

"The newly branded, premium linear streaming service will offer a broad line-up of original series and docuseries, the latest movie releases, and classic film franchises — all available in the U.S. on TV, on demand...

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Emmanuel is a Washington, DC-based freelance journalist, blogger and media consultant, specialising in the entertainment business and cultural trends. He was the US editor for British music industry trade publication Music Week. Previously, he was the editor of Impact, a magazine for the music publishing community (2007-2009), the global editor of US trade publication Billboard (2003-2006), and the editor in chief of Billboard’s sister publication Music & Media (1997-2003).

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Universal Music Group takes a majority stake in Nigeria’s label Mavin Global

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Universal Music Group (UMG) has taken a majority share in Mavin Global, an independent music company from Nigeria. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The deal, which remains subject to regulatory approval, is expected to close by the end of Q3 2024. The Lagos, Nigeria-based label was founded in 2012 by artist, producer, music executive and entrepreneur Michael Collins Ajereh (aka Don Jazzy), and many of the continent's Afrobeats artists.

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UNG said that Mavin wi...

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Disney and Reliance sign agreement to merge their media operations in India

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The Walt Disney Co. and Reliance Industries Ltd. will be merging their media operations in India. The two companies have signed a binding agreement, which will see Reliance's media unit and its affiliates will own at least 61% of the combined entity, according to a Bloomberg report.

According to the report, the stake split could still change depending "on how Disney’s other local assets are factored in by the time the deal is closed." The report also suggests Reliance — controlled by billion...

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Warner Music Group signs global recording deal with Bollywood artist Nora Fatehi

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Warner Music Group has signed Bollywood singer, dancer, and actress Nora Fatehi to an agreement to promote her global music career, working with teams in the US and across the world.

The deal is Fatehi's first agreement with a major global record company. She will remain signed to T-Series, the Indian music label and movie studio, for her Bollywood projects. Her recordings will be promoted globally through the WMG network of companies. WMG is focused on "expanding her fanbase through a range...

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