Creative Industries & Tech Stuff
Film & TV
Next year’s BAFTAs is moving house to the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall.
We’re getting an all-star series of I’m A Celebrity… this year made up of former celeb contestants. Lucky us.
Fashion Week time again, darlings! The Guardian has picked its key London shows - as has the editors of Vogue. Richard Quinn’s was dedicated to the Queen.
Music & Radio
Music was worth £4bn to the UK economy in 2021, according to UK Music. That’s up 26% on 2020, but less than the pre-you know what high of £5.8bn in 2019.
Harry Styles has just performed for the 15th night in a row at Madison Square Garden and broken the record as it was.
Spotify is taking the plunge into audiobooks, with 300,000 titles now available to users in the US.
OUR MAN STORMZY! AHHH! HE’S BACK! AHHH! And his new tune features a cameo by one Jose Mourinho. Iconic duo.
FYI, the Mercury Prize is now set to take place on 18th October.
Music Minds Matter, originally a Help Musicians helpline to support the mental health of those in the music biz, has set up as a charity in its own right.
The UK is getting its first Web3, blockchain music festival. Surprised it took this long, actually.
There’s been a grand theft of Grand Theft Auto! Videos and images from the next edition have been leaked by a hacker. 10 star wanted level.
Games streaming site Twitch is banning streams of slots, roulette and dice games.
Ted Lasso, the world’s second favourite fictional football manager after Mike Bassett, will feature in the new FIFA 23.
TIGA has announced the finalists of the TIGA Games Industry Awards 2022.
Tech & Telecoms
Ofcom is launching an investigation into the Big Dominance of Big Tech in cloud computing.
The Times reports that Softbank is in talks with Samsung over a ‘strategic alliance’ for the future of British chip giant, Arm.
Alphabet, Amazon, Meta and Apple spent a combined $32bn+ on acquisitions since 2019.
Meta has begun shrinking its workforce - and it’s going to be up to Nick Clegg to decide, by January, whether Donald Trump should be allowed back on Facebook. Gulp.
The Information reports that President Biden plans to sign an executive order that could limit US investment in Chinese tech.
French billionaire Xavier Neil has bought a 2.5% stake in Vodafone.
Over 1.1m Teslas are being recalled in the US because windows keep pinching the tippy-tops of people’s fingers.
Tech Nation has announced the third wave of 34 climate tech companies joining their Net Zero programme.
The New York Times on how Gen Z are increasingly turning to TikTok as their search engine of choice.
Woof woof woof. Haha exactly. For those who can’t ‘talk animal’, this Californian lab is exploring using AI to bridge the linguistic gap.
The Financial Times on why business leaders, particularly tech CEOs, should not become cult figures. Nothing about newsletter writers though ;)