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Channing Dungey to become chairwoman of Warner Bros. TV
Channing Dungey
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Channing Dungey, former President of ABC Entertainment, will take over as chairwoman of Warner Bros. Television Group. Dungey will replace the veteran television executive Peter Roth, who will step down next year.

Ten days ago it was announced Channing Dungey had stepped down as VP Original Content and head of drama at Netflix after 20 months at the streamer.

Dungey will start her tenure early next year and will report to Ann Sarnoff, chief executive of Warner Media Studios and Networks Group.

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Netflix removes free test month in some countries
Netflix removes free test month in some countries
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Netflix, the largest video streaming provider, has cancelled the free trial period in many countries without notice.

Markets, including the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Australia and Japan have switched over to a model where the second month is free.

The 30-day trial subscription is no longer available in Germany and France either. In some other countries, nothing has changed yet.

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Facebook counters Netflix documentary "The Social Dilemma" that criticized practices of the social network
Facebook counters Netflix documentary "The Social Dilemma" that criticized practices of the social network
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In a post, Facebook has taken a stance towards the accusations from the Netflix documentary "The Social Dilemma".

Facebook stated that "the film’s creators do not include insights from those currently working at the companies or any experts that take a different view to the narrative put forward by the film" and added that "it gives a distorted view of how social media platforms work".

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Netflix to adapt "The Three-Body Problem" sci-fi trilogy
Netflix to adapt "The Three-Body Problem" sci-fi trilogy
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Netflix announced Tuesday that it is developing an original series based on the sci-fi book trilogy "The Three-Body Problem" by the Chinese author Liu Cixin.

Rian Johnson, director of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi", David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, former "Game of Thrones" showrunners, signed as showrunners.

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Netflix releases trailer for Hill House sequel "The Haunting of Bly Manor"
Title Card of "The Haunting of Bly Manor"
Title Card of "The Haunting of Bly Manor" Credit: Netflix

Netflix has released the trailer for "The Haunting of Bly Manor", the follow-up to 2018's "The Haunting of Hill House."

Bly Manor is based on the 1898 novella "The Turn of the Screw" by Henry James and stars Victoria Pedretti, Henry Thomas, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Kate Siegel, T'Nia Miller, Rahul Kohli, Benjamin Evan Ainsworth, Amelie Smith and Amelia Eve.

"Arriving October 9th, this new chapter in the Haunting anthology series revolves around Bly Manor and the lives of its inhabitants, both living and dead," so Netflix about the new series.

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Daisy Coleman has died by suicide at age 23
Daisy Coleman has died by suicide at age 23
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Daisy Coleman, an advocate for sexual abuse victim and subject of a Netflix documentary, has taken her own life at the age of 23. After her mother called the police for a wellness check, Coleman was found dead.

Coleman was allegedly sexually assaulted when she was 14 while being unconscious at a high school party. In 2016, she was featured in the Netflix documentary "Audrie & Daisy" which followed the aftermath of both girls' harassment after the assault.

"She was my best friend and amazing daughter. I think she had to make it seem like I could live without her. I can't. I wish I could have taken the pain from her! She never recovered from what those boys did to her and it's just not fair. My baby girl is gone," so her mother, Melinda Coleman, in a post to Facebook.

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Netflix shares its 10 most popular original movies
Netflix shares its 10 most popular original movies
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Netflix has shared its 10 most popular original movies. "Extraction" starring Chris Hemsworth is at the top of the list with 99 million viewers, followed by "Bird Box" starring Sandra Bullock with 89 million and "Spenser Confidential" starring Mark Wahlberg with 85 million.

Also featured on the list are the movies "Murder Mystery" with 73m viewers, "The Irishman" with 64m viewers and "The Perfect Date" with 48m views.

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MythBusters' host Grant Imahara dies at 49 of a brain aneurysm
Grant Imahara
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Grant Imahara, the former co-host of Discovery Channel's "MythBusters" and Netflix's "White Rabbit Project", has died suddenly at the age of 49 of a brain aneurysm.

Born in Los Angeles, Imahara joined Lucasfilm’s THX and later moved to its VFX unit ILM. During his tenure, he worked on films in such blockbuster movies as Jurassic Park, The Matrix, The Terminator, xXx, Galaxy Quest, Van Helsing and Steven Spielberg’s A.I. Artificial Intelligence.

Adam Savage, co-host of MythBusters, tweeted: "I’m at a loss. No words. I’ve been part of two big families with Grant Imahara over the last 22 years. Grant was a truly brilliant engineer, artist and performer, but also just such a generous, easygoing, and gentle PERSON. Working with Grant was so much fun. I’ll miss my friend."

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The Crown gets renewed for a final sixth season
The Crown gets renewed for a final sixth season
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Netflix has renewed "The Crown" for a final sixth season. This announcement comes after the streaming services said the series would come to a close with its fifth season in January.

"As we started to discuss the storylines for series five, it soon became clear that in order to do justice to the richness and complexity of the story, we should go back to the original plan and do six seasons," so writer Peter Morgan.

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Netflix releases trailer for "The Umbrella Academy" Season 2
Screenshot of The Umbrella Academy Season 2 | Official Trailer | Netflix
Screenshot of The Umbrella Academy Season 2 | Official Trailer | Netflix Credit: Netflix

Netflix has released the trailer for the second season of the superhero series "The Umbrella Academy". This time, the Hargreeves siblings are "blasted back in time to 1960s Dallas, the scattered siblings build new lives for themselves — until a new doomsday threat pulls them back together." Season 2 is set to premiere on Netflix on July 31.

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Netflix commits $100 million to support Black communities
Netflix commits $100 million to support Black communities
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The online streaming service Netflix has announced that it'll 2% of the cash that it holds in reserves into organizations and financial institutions to "directly support Black communities in the U.S". Netflix will move $25 million into a newly created fund that invests in "Black financial institutions serving low and moderate-income communities and Black community development corporations in the U.S." and is called the Black Economic Development Initiative. The initial commitment will re-allocate additional $75 million.

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Malala Yousafzai graduates from Oxford University
Pakistani activist for female education Malala Yousafzai with Prime Minister of Japan Shinzō Abe in 2019
Pakistani activist for female education Malala Yousafzai with Prime Minister of Japan Shinzō Abe in 2019 Credit: 内閣官房内閣広報室 / CC BY (Creative Commons Attribution 4.0)

Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai has graduated from the University of Oxford with a degree in philosophy, politics and economics. In 2012, Yousafzai was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman due to her activism for female education.

In a Tweet, Yousafzai shared images of her graduation celebration and wrote: "Hard to express my joy and gratitude right now as I completed my Philosophy, Politics and Economics degree at Oxford. I don’t know what’s ahead. For now, it will be Netflix, reading and sleep."

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Netflix CEO to donate $120 million to HBCUs
Reed Hastings speaking at the Media Convention Berlin in 2015
Reed Hastings speaking at the Media Convention Berlin in 2015 Credit: Mondileinchen / CC BY-SA (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix, announced that he and his wife Patty Quillin would be donating a total of $120 million to three HBCUs, historically black colleges and universities. Morehouse College, Spelman College and United Negro College Fund will receive $40 million each.

In their statement, the pair said that they have "supported these three extraordinary institutions for the last few years" because they believe that "investing in the education of Black youth is one of the best ways to invest in America's future" and adding "generally, white capital flows to predominantly white institutions, perpetuating capital isolation. We hope this additional $120 million donation will help more black students follow their dreams."

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First images of The Umbrella Academy Season 2 revealed
Ellen Page, Christos Kalohoridis, Justin H. Min, and Aidan Gallagher in The Umbrella Academy
Ellen Page, Christos Kalohoridis, Justin H. Min, and Aidan Gallagher in The Umbrella Academy Credit: CHRISTOS KALOHORIDIS/NETFLIX

Netflix has released multiple stills of the second season of The Umbrella Academy. The photos show the Hargreeves siblings in a 1960's setting and, according to Entertainment Weekly, "the team gets split up in the process" of time-travelling.

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Zimbabwean film "Cook Off" premiered on Netflix
Promo Picture for movie Cook Off
Promo Picture for movie Cook Off Credit: Cook Off the Movie / Netflix / via Twitter

The film "Cook Off" from Zimbabwean film producer Joe Njagu premiered on Netflix on June 1st. This film follows a struggling single mother who enters a cooking competition where she finds love. It had a small budget of $8000 and was made with the help of Njagu's personal relationships without immediate payment. Njagu made the film to show the world "that there is more to Zimbabwe than what they hear."

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Netflix announces that it'll automatically cancel inactive users plans

The streaming service has announced that it'll contact users that are subscribed to the streaming service but haven't used it in over a year in order to notify them about their subscription. The users will be asked if they want to continue their subscription and if Netflix doesn't hear back it's planning on automatically canceling the service.

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Netflix's Umbrella Academy returns for season 2 on July 31

The Umbrella Academy, based on Gerard Way's comic, will return for season 2 on July 31. In a video posted to YouTube, the actors who play the Hargreeves siblings, recreated the first season's dance scene to announce the release date.

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Season 5 of Netflix's Queer Eye to be released on June 5

Netflix announced that season 5 of Queer Eye will premiere on June 5. This season is set in Philadelphia and shows a return of all the Fab Five: Antoni Porowski, Bobby Berk, Jonathan Van Ness, Karamo Brown and Tan France.

Technology • Internet & Web
YouTubers tricked Carole Baskin into first interview after Netflix's Tiger King

Carole Baskin, the owner of Big Cat Rescue and subject of Netflix's documentary Tiger King, was recently tricked into an interview by British YouTubers Josh Pieters and Archie Manners. Baskin, who has refused to be interviewed following the release of the Netflix series, was led to believe she would be a part of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. As agreed beforehand, Baskin was not asked about the show and only answered questions regarding her organisation.

Science • Animals
Colorado Wild Animal Sanctuary has rescued 39 tigers from zoo shown in "Tiger King" on Netflix

The staff of the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado has rescued 39 tigers and three black bears from the roadside zoo shown in the Netflix documentary "Tiger King". The Chief Science and Welfare Officer at the sanctuary, Becca Miceli, has said how difficult it was seeing the exploitation of the animals with them being held in "small enclosures, the indiscriminate breeding" and other forms of abuse. After rescuing the animals the sanctuary now provides them with large open spaces for the animals to run and decide what they want to do for themselves.

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Netflix reduces streaming quality in Europe

Following the coronavirus outbreak, more and more people in different European countries are voluntarily staying at home or forced due to movement restrictions. With this comes a higher internet usage throughout the whole continent. After talks between Thierry Breton, the European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services, and the Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, the streaming service has announced that it would reduce the data consumption by 25% by lowering the picture quality and therefore "preserve the smooth functioning of the internet during the Covid-19 crisis".