20 Jan 2021Media & Entertainment
This week in Media & Entertainment: Apple granted patent for multi-user authentication
Mergers and Acquisitions
Amazon acquires podcast network Wondery to take on Spotify 
With Amazon Music, Wondery will be able to provide even more high-quality, innovative content and continue their mission of bringing a world of entertainment and knowledge to their audiences, wherever they listen. Read More>>
William Hill acquires Colombia online gambling firm Alfabet  
The acquisition of Alfabet S.A.S further supports William Hill’s strategy to deliver growth through international expansion and diversity and makes Colombia the ninth regulated market where William Hill is currently active. Read More>>
Bloomberg completes acquisition of Second Measure 
Second Measure is a consumer data analytics company that analyzes billions of anonymized purchases to help investors and businesses gain insight into company performance and consumer behavior. Read More>>
Patents
Spotify files patent for automatically generating personal playlists 
The playlist selects a first media object from the media content play history and then constructs an N-dimensional factor vector based on activity records and the intent records associated with the first media object. Read More>>
Apple granted patent for multi-user authentication 
The patent granted for ‘provision of domains in secure enclave to support multiple users’, first filed in late-2017, presents a system to carve up a secure enclave processor to store credentials, such as passwords and biometric templates. Read More>>
Executive Movement
Dentsu Elevates Prerna Mehrotra as CEO of media for APAC 
Mehrotra will be responsible for driving Dentsu’s global media strategy and delivery in APAC, ensuring its alignment and relevance in market with client-centricity at the core. Read More>>
Deals, Deal Renewal and Partnerships
DISH and Nexstar reach new multi-year carriage agreement, restore local stations to customers 
The agreement provides DISH TV subscribers nationwide the ability to tune in to Nexstar-owned programming, including news, entertainment and sports. Read More>>
AFL extends broadcast rights deal with Foxtel, Telstra  
The deal will allow Marvel Stadium to become one of the world’s most technologically connected and innovative sports and entertainment venues, along with a testing bed for Telstra 5G innovation. Read More>>
Sony Europe signs up for LandRisk and enters project development with Risk Intelligence 
With the license for LandRisk, Sony gets access to incidents, alerts, area, hotspots, country threat assessments, and an increasing number of assessments of secure truck parking areas and parking areas vital for planning transportation. Read More>>
Shanghai Disney Resort and SKECHERS announce multi-year resort alliance 
The new alliance will allow SKECHERS to enjoy multiple brand presences across several events and locations at Shanghai Disney Resort, including at Shanghai Disneyland’s most anticipated expansion project to date – the upcoming Zootopia-themed land, where their animal-inspired branding “SHI-KECHERS” will premiere. Read More>>
Centre setup and expansion
Epic Games announces new headquarters at Cary Towne Center site
The sale price was $95 million. Turnbridge Equities and Denali Partners purchased the 87-acre mall property in February 2019 for $31.5 million. Read More>>
Sony Interactive Entertainment sets up a new HQ in Singapore   
The new organization structure and set up of Asia hub in Singapore will be leading the Asia teams to continuously expand the PlayStation business with their extensive working experience and business knowledge. Read More>>
Product Launches and Features Updates
Sony to launch PlayStation 5 in India in February
Preorders for PS5 will begin on Jan 12 and will be available for orders at major retailers, including Amazon and Flipkart. Read More>>
Ubisoft Connect brings one of the best new features of console gaming    
Ubisoft lets you access Assassin’s Creed Valhalla saves regardless of what platform you’re on and helps revolutionize gaming. Read More>>
Headlines From The Startup World
Startup Spotlight
Latest Insights & Reports

Sony Corporation of America Account Intelligence Report: Sony Corporation of America is keen on leveraging digital capabilities by updating software and integrating its tracking platform with cloud solutions. Read more. 

Postmedia Network Account Intelligence Report: Postmedia programs will concentrate on creative products and initiatives such as digital marketing services, personalized and full-service solutions. Read more. 

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