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Warner Bros. Discovery-BT Joint Venture Approved by U.K.’s Competition and Markets Authority

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The U.K. Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has approved the joint venture between Warner Bros. Discovery and telco giant BT.

The entities had revealed a premium sports venture in May, for the U.K. and Ireland. The planned 50-50 joint venture would see BT Sport transferred to Warner Bros. Discovery, meaning that BT Sport and Eurosport U.K. are operated together. The venture will have one of the most extensive portfolios of premium sports rights including UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, the Premier League, Premiership Rugby, UFC, the Olympic Games, tennis Grand Slams featuring the Australian Open and Roland-Garros, cycling Grand Tours including the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia and the winter sports World Cup season.

In June, launching an investigation into the venture, the CMA had said: “The Competition and Markets Authority is considering whether it is or may be the case that this transaction if carried into effect, will result in the creation of a relevant merger situation under the merger provisions of the Enterprise Act 2002 and, if so, whether the creation of that situation may be expected to result, in a substantial lessening of competition within any market or markets in the United Kingdom for goods or services.”

On Friday, Warner Bros. Discovery said that the venture had been approved. “The CMA’s decision now allows BT and Warner Bros. Discovery to complete the creation of the JV in the coming weeks and for each of their assets to be transferred into the new company,” Warner Bros. Discovery said.

The board of directors of the joint venture will be equally represented between appointees of British Telecommunications plc and Warner Bros. Discovery. The first chair to be appointed, nominated by each shareholder on a rotating basis, will be Marc Allera, CEO of BT’s consumer division. The new management and delivery of the joint venture will be led by Andrew Georgiou, president and MD, Warner Bros. Discovery Sports Europe, who will be a member of its board.

Allera said: “It’s great news that the CMA has approved the new JV that we are forming with Warner Bros. Discovery, combining the very best of BT Sport and Eurosport U.K., to create an exciting new offer for live sport programming in the U.K.. Today is a huge milestone, as we now look toward day one of the new business, which we hope to be in the coming weeks.”

Georgiou added: “Combining the capabilities, portfolios and scale of BT Sport and Eurosport U.K. will be a big win for fans in the U.K. and Ireland, offering a new destination that will feature all the sport they love in one place. We now look forward to closing the transaction and having the opportunity to further engage all stakeholders in the process of forming and developing the JV.”



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Marvel’s Spider-Man Screenshot Shows The Horror Of Peter Without His Suit

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While playing Marvel’s Spider-Man, one Reddit user managed to screenshot an unmasked Peter Parker when he was in a rather uncomfortable position.


A disturbing image from Marvel’s Spider-Man shows that Peter Parker is better off with the Spidey suit on. One of the achievements of Insomniac Games’ Spider-Man adventure was the beautifully accurate animations of the Webhead’s heroic motions. Sadly, under the right circumstances, even the most polished aspects of the game, like the remastered Marvel’s Spider-Man‘s web-swinging gameplay for PC, can become terrifying to behold.

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One of the advantages of translating Spider-Man into a video game is that the Webslinger is one of the more animated characters amidst the cavalcade of comic book heroes. Spider-Man’s fast, graceful movements command a powerful presence during fight scenes, whether on paper or the big screen. Developer Insomniac Games realized these fast-paced motions could also make Spider-Man incredibly intuitive to control and prioritized these animations in Marvel’s Spider-Man. Thanks to Insomniac’s attention to detail, watching the Webhead unerringly zip and fight across an open-world New York City became a key selling point, and one that helped make Marvel’s Spider-Man one of the best Marvel games to date.

However, Reddit user youkno_jayy, discovered that despite such care into the visuals, all it takes is one poorly timed screenshot to show its cracks. The disturbing image shared by youkno_jayy features Peter Parker in Marvel’s Spider-Man with his neck inhumanly elongated as he looks down upon the city. Youkno_jayy stated that this screenshot was taken from one of Marvel’s Spider-Man‘s DLC missions, during a section where Peter Parker must go unmasked. Seeing his body contort in ways that would usually be hidden by the suit is something of a pain in the neck, and one that was better left to the imagination.


Peter Parker’s Neck Is Helpless Without Spider-Man’s Suit

While Peter’s neck injury here was an unfortunate case of the game’s camera getting too close for its own good, many other strange body contortions are the result of mods. Some mods fail to account for unforeseen moments like these, but others, like the playable Wolverine mod for Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered, play to the animations’ strengths for a more seamless experience. Of course, sometimes it’s fun to load up mods to intentionally cause weird scenarios like youkno_jayy’s chiropractic incident, but this method often breaks more than a neck.

Though youkno_jayy’s experience was authentic to the base game, a mod that allows fans to control Peter Parker without his suit for the entire game might be a fun thing to experience. With Marvel’s Spider-Man available on PC, there will likely be more ridiculous modding scenarios in the Webslinger’s future. For the time being, however, Parker should rarely go crime fighting without his suit to avoid future complications.

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Hillary Clinton on Kim Kardashian’s Criminal Justice Efforts: ‘Unlike Anything You’ve Ever Seen’ (Exclusive)

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Hillary Clinton is singing the praises of Kim Kardashian. The former Secretary of State and host of the docuseries Gutsy has nothing but appreciation for the reality star’s criminal justice reform efforts.

Hillary and daughter Chelsea Clinton spoke with ET’s Deidre Behar at Variety’s Power of Women gala in Los Angeles on Wednesday, and the pair opened up on which of the many celebs they interviewed — as part of their Apple TV+ docuseries — impressed and impacted them the most.

“Kim Kardashian was unlike anything you’ve ever seen,” Hillary said in awe. “Because she is serious about trying to help people have been been incarcerated unfairly, for too long.”

Kim’s appearance on Gutsy made headline in August when a preview clip revealed that the reality star and law student actually bested Hillary in a legal pop quiz show-down.

Another guest who wowed the famous mother and daughter was Megan Thee Stallion.

“[She] was so calm and impressive as we were painting with her,” Hillary recalled.

“And she also had a lot more talented than we did, which surprised no one,” Chelsea added with a laugh.

While the Clintons have been working together on Gutsy, it seems that Chelsea isn’t planning on following in her mother’s footsteps when it comes to potential political ambitions.

“I think all of us right now are political, especially if you’re a woman in America, when we have politicians deciding what’s best for our bodies instead of we knowing what’s best for ourselves,” She shared. “So I think we all are political.”

“I have no plans to run for public office, but I care deeply about being an engaged citizen and deeply about insuring that my children have even more rights than I’ve had,” she added.

Hillary and Chelsea Clinton’s inspiring 8-episode docuseries, Gutsy, is streaming now on Apple TV+.

 

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ABC, Vice Lead 2022 News Emmy Award Winners

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ABC and Vice tied with the most wins, at 8 each, on night one as the news portion of the 43rd Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards were handed out at the Palladium Times Square in New York City.

Judy Woodruff, anchor and managing editor of “PBS NewsHour” was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.  The award was presented by Robert MacNeil, co-creator and former co-anchor of the NewsHour.

“Tonight’s Emmy winners exemplify broadcast journalism at its best, reporting that values fact over fiction, accountability over advocacy, and that champions the advance of truth in the interest of the communities we all serve”, said Terry O’Reilly, Chairman, NATAS. “America has never needed its journalists more than today. We congratulate tonight’s honorees and thank them for the indispensable service they provide to our nation.”

Here’s a rundown of Night 1 winners:

OUTSTANDING LIVE NEWS PROGRAM

“CBS Mornings / CBS This Morning” (CBS)

OUTSTANDING RECORDED NEWS PROGRAM

“60 Minutes” (CBS)

OUTSTANDING EMERGING JOURNALIST

Rachel Scott (ABC)

OUTSTANDING LIVE BREAKING NEWS COVERAGE

NBC News Specials: January 6 Attack on the Capitol (NBC)

OUTSTANDING EDITED BREAKING NEWS COVERAGE

“Vice News Tonight” (Vice)

OUTSTANDING CONTINUING NEWS COVERAGE: SHORT FORM

ABC World News Tonight with David Muir: “The Climate Crisis” (ABC)

OUTSTANDING CONTINUING NEWS COVERAGE: LONG FORM

Vice News Tonight: “Yemen: The Forgotten War” (Vice)

OUTSTANDING SOFT FEATURE STORY: SHORT FORM

ABC News Soul of a Nation: “Miss Lucille” (ABC)

OUTSTANDING SOFT FEATURE STORY: LONG FORM

20/20: “The Babies of 9/11: Twenty Years Later” (ABC)

OUTSTANDING HARD NEWS FEATURE STORY: SHORT FORM

The Lead with Jake Tapper; “9-Year-Old Afghan Sold into Marriage” (CNN)

OUTSTANDING HARD NEWS FEATURE STORY: LONG FORM

Vice News Tonight: “A Christian Summer Camp’s History of Abuse” (Vice)

OUTSTANDING INVESTIGATIVE NEWS COVERAGE: SHORT FORM

“How a U.S. Drone Strike Killed the Wrong Person” (The New York Times)

OUTSTANDING INVESTIGATIVE NEWS COVERAGE: LONG FORM

Frontline and BBC Arabic: “Yemen’s COVID Cover-Up” (PBS)

OUTSTANDING LIVE NEWS SPECIAL

“The 15th Annual CNN Heroes All-Star Tribute” (CNN)

OUTSTANDING RECORDED NEWS SPECIAL

60 Minutes: “9/11: The FDNY” (CBS)

OUTSTANDING NEWS DISCUSSION & ANALYSIS

Meet the Press: “Schools, America & Race” (NBC)

OUTSTANDING NEWS ANALYSIS: EDITORIAL AND OPINION

The New York Times Opinion Video: “Blue States, You’re the Problem” (The New York Times)

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The New York Times Opinion Video: “Humanity Has Not Yet Failed (Featuring Greta Thunberg)” (The New York Times)

OUTSTANDING LIVE INTERVIEW

The New York Times DealBook Summit: “One-on-One with Adam Neumann” (The New York Times)

OUTSTANDING EDITED INTERVIEW

20/20: “Escape from a House of Horror” (ABC)

OUTSTANDING SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY OR ENVIRONMENTAL COVERAGE

CNN Special Report: “Eating Planet Earth: The Future of Your Food” (CNN)

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“Unlivable Oasis” (ProPublica, TIME, Truly CA, Univision Noticias)

AND

World News Tonight: “Madagascar: The Children of Climate Change” (ABC)

OUTSTANDING HEALTH OR MEDICAL COVERAGE

Vice News Tonight: “Aging, Inc.” (Vice)

OUTSTANDING ARTS, CULTURE OR ENTERTAINMENT COVERAGE

The New York Times Presents: “Malfunction: The Dressing Down of Janet Jackson” (FX)

OUTSTANDING BUSINESS, CONSUMER OR ECONOMIC COVERAGE

Frontline and The New York Times: “Boeing’s Fatal Flaw” (PBS)

OUTSTANDING CRIME AND JUSTICE COVERAGE

“Get Away from the Target – Rescuing Migrants from the Libyan Coast Guard” (The Outlaw Ocean Project and The Guardian)

BEST NEWS COVERAGE: SHORT FORM

“How a U.S. Drone Strike Killed the Wrong Person” (The New York Times)

BEST NEWS COVERAGE: LONG FORM

“Return of the Taliban: A Vice News Special Report” (Showtime)

OUTSTANDING NEWS PROGRAM IN SPANISH

“Noticiero Univision” (Univision)

OUTSTANDING JOURNALIST IN SPANISH LANGUAGE MEDIA

Vanessa Hauc (Telemundo)

OUTSTANDING COVERAGE OF A BREAKING NEWS STORY IN SPANISH

Noticiero Telemundo: “Enero 6 – Asalto a la Democracia” (Telemundo)

OUTSTANDING INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM IN SPANISH

Aquí y Ahora/Univision Investiga: “La oscura luz del mundo” (Univision)

OUTSTANDING FEATURE STORY IN SPANISH

Vice News Tonight: “Después de la tormenta” (Vice)

OUTSTANDING WRITING: NEWS

20/20: “Escape from a House of Horror” (ABC)

OUTSTANDING RESEARCH: NEWS

“Ethiopia: Exposing the Hallmarks of a Genocide” (CNN)

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Vice News: “The Shockwave” (Vice)

OUTSTANDING DIRECTION: NEWS

“ABC News Soul of a Nation” (ABC)

OUTSTANDING VIDEO JOURNALISM: NEWS

“Return of the Taliban: A Vice News Special Report” (Showtime)

AND

Vice News Tonight: “Inside the Battle for Jerusalem” (Vice)

OUTSTANDING GRAPHIC DESIGN AND ART DIRECTION: NEWS

CNN Digital (CNN)

OUTSTANDING TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT

Today: “Jenna Skydives Live with U.S. Army” (NBC)

OUTSTANDING REGIONAL NEWS STORY: SPOT OR BREAKING NEWS

“Battleground Salt Lake” (KSL 5, Salt Lake City)

OUTSTANDING REGIONAL NEWS STORY: INVESTIGATIVE REPORT

“My Name Is Anjanette Young” (WBBM 2, Chicago)

43rd News & Documentary Emmy® Awards Nominations

Breakdown by Network, Show, Program or Segment

ABC 8

Vice 8

CNN 5

The New York Times 5

CBS 3

NBC 3

PBS 2

Showtime 2

Telemundo 2

Univision 2

FX 1

The Outlaw Ocean Project and The Guardian 1

ProPublica, TIME, Truly CA, Univision Noticias 1

KSL-TV (Salt Lake City, UT) 1

WBBM-TV (Chicago, IL) 1



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