01/08/18: David Letterman’s Netflix talk show gets January 12 premiere; Barack Obama will be first guest

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Good morning. It’s Monday January 8, 2018 and this is your your first early morning Digital briefing. 
 
 
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David Letterman’s new Netflix talk show will debut on Friday, January 12, the service announced. Called My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman, Netflix is billing the series as a “monthly event.” It will continue through June. Letterman landed a pretty big name as his first guest on the series: It’ll be former President Barack Obama, making his first talk show appearance since the end of his presidency. Guests on subsequent shows will include celebrities such as Tina Fey, George Clooney, Jay-Z, Howard Stern, and activist Malala Yousafzai.
 
 
Amazon Prime members can now access CBS All Access, CBS’s SVOD service, as an add-on channel. It’s the first time that an Amazon Channels partner will offer a linear feed of local broadcast television. The CBS All Access service also features more than 10,000 on-demand episodes of TV shows, including the original shows Star Trek: Discovery, The Good Fight, and No Activity. To start, the ad-free All Access ad-on will be available to U.S. Prime members for $9.99 per month. Amazon also plans to introduce an ad-supported version within the next few months, which will cost $5.99 monthly.
 
 
POLICY
 
The Internet Association, a powerful lobbying group that represents internet companies such as Google, Amazon, and Netflix, announced that it will join in the legal fight against the FCC’s plans to repeal its neutrality regulations. Last month, the agency voted to jettison rules, first approved in 2015, that prevented internet providers from slowing or blocking traffic for specific users or companies. The Internet Association clarified that it will enter the fray as an “intervenor” – in other words, it will join existing legal action, as opposed to filing a lawsuit of its own. A number of public interest groups, and a handful of state attorneys general, have indicated plans to challenge the FCC’s actions in court.  
 
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PROGRAMMING
 
Amazon Prime Video has set a premiere date for its newest Indian original series. Breathe, a psychological drama focused on a Mumbai cop, will debut in India and 200 other territories on January 26.The series, which stars popular Indian actor Amit Sadh, is only the second Indian original from Amazon. Inside Edge, a drama series about a fictional cricket team, debuted in July.
 
 
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Chinese eSports startup Chushou TV just raised around $120 million in Series D funding – and much of the money came from Google. Google’s exact contribution to the round wasn’t made public, but according to reports from Chinese media, the figure sat at about $77 million. Google’s involvement in the round is particularly notable given that the tech giant – which doesn’t currently operate any of its core businesses in China – almost never reaches investment deals in the country. (This is only the second time it’s happened.) Chushou TV was founded in 2015. The company operates a platform that allows users to live-stream mobile phone-based gaming.
 
 
INFLUENCERS
 
Will Smith has launched his own YouTube channel. The actor quietly uploaded his first YouTube video last month, and has since added two more. In his newest video, Smith discusses the international press tour for Bright, his recently-debuted Netflix film. (Among other things, he also mentions his love of Indian food and relays a funny anecdote that involves Tom Cruise.) So far, the channel has about 68 thousand subscribers.  
 
 
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EXECUTIVE MOVES
 
Jimmy Iovine is saying goodbye to Apple Music. A long-time music producer known for co-founding Interscope Records, Iovine will reportedly leave the service in August, once his shares in Apple have fully vested. Hits Daily Double and Billboard both reported the news. Iovine first joined Apple in 2014; that’s when the company acquired Beats, the headphone company that Iovine co-founded with hip-hop artist Dr. Dre. Apple has never revealed Iovine’s exact title; he’s believed to have been a sort of dealmaker, collaborating with record labels and working to bring original radio shows and exclusives to the service.
 
Apple’s isn’t the only music service that’s losing a top exec. Stefan Blom, Spotify’s Chief Content Officer, is leaving the company. He’d been with the Sweden-based music giant for just over three years. In 2017, he oversaw the renewal of Spotify’s licensing deals with the three major music labels, along with the independent label collective Merlin. His departure was first reported by Recode, and later confirmed by Spotify. The timing of Blom’s departure is a bit surprising: It comes just ahead of Spotify’s upcoming public offering, which is expected in the first quarter of 2018.
 
 
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… for the week of Monday, January 8, through Sunday, January 14
– People Now at People.com, Monday-Friday at 8:30 AM ET and 11:30 AM ET.
– Netflix: Alejandro Riaño Especial de stand up, a new comedy special, debuts Wednesday, January 10
Netflix: My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman, a new monthly talk series, debuts Friday, January 12 with former President Barack Obama as guest
Netflix: Comedy series Disjointed returns on Friday, January 12
Netflix: The Polka King, a new original comedy film starring Jack Black and Jenny Slate, debuts Friday, January 12
Netflix: Food-oriented travel series Somebody Feed Phil (formerly known as I’ll Have What Phil’s Having) moves from PBS to Netflix for its second season; episodes debut Friday, January 12
Netflix: Tom Segura: Disgraceful, a new comedy special, debuts Friday, January 12
Amazon Video: Phillip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams, a new ten-episode sci-fi anthology series, debuts Friday, January 12

 

 
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SHORT FORM SPOTLIGHT

 
As mentioned above, David Letterman’s new Netflix talk show will debut this Friday, January 12. Called My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman, Netflix is billing the series as a “monthly event.” Check out the trailer here.

 
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