SUNDAY NFL — ON YOUTUBE
The NFL just sold its Sunday Ticket subscription package to YouTube TV and YouTubePrimetime Channels, which gives users streaming access to out-of-market Sunday afternoon games. The video sharing platform will pay $2 billion a year for the next seven years. A similar package has been on DirecTV since 1994 but that contract is set to expire at the end of this season. "For a number of years we have been focused on increased digital distribution of our games and this partnership is yet another example of us looking towards the future and building the next generation of NFL fans," said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in a statement.
CROWNING 'THE WOMAN KING'
Oscar buzz is reaching a fever pitch, but it's not the only year-end award in town. The Black Film Critics Circle has voted The Woman King as the best film of 2022, according to a Deadline exclusive. The film's director, Gina Prince-Bythewood, also took the best director prize. Other winners include Danielle Deadwyler for best actress in Till and Brendan Fraser for best actor in The Whale.
FALSE MOVIE TRAILERS
A U.S. district judge has issued a ruling that opens the door to movie studios getting sued for false advertising in their trailers. The case concerns the 2019 film Yesterday, which featured actress Ana de Armas in its trailer, even though she was cut from the finished film. Universal fought the lawsuit on First Amendment grounds, but the judge quashed that argument, saying that movie trailers are first and foremost commercials and fall under California False Advertising Law.
BIEBER'S MUSIC RIGHTS
Justin Bieber is reportedly getting close to a deal that would hand over the rights to his music catalog to investment company Hipgnosis Songs Capital for around $200 million. The sale is likely to include all of his published and recorded music. The market for such intellectual property has exploded in recent years, but Bieber is an unusual case, given how new his catalog is relative to the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan, who have also landed big-dollar deals.