Todd Spangler
Todd Spangler
Todd Spangler covers digital media and technology for Variety, which he joined in 2013. A business and technology journalist with more than 25 years of experience, he previously was technology editor at cable industry publication Multichannel News and news editor at IT journal Baseline. Earlier in his career, Todd worked at tech and internet publications including PC Magazine, Interactive Week, Web Week and Internet World. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Northwestern University.Source
New York
CRITIC
img-contested
N/A
0 reviews
PUBLIC
img-trusted
100%
6 reviews
RECENT ARTICLES
gold-cheese100%
Netflix’s First Inclusion Report Cites Progress, Acknowledges Need to Improve Recruitment of Hispanics

Netflix’s First Inclusion Report Cites Progress, Acknowledges Need to Improve Recruitment of Hispanics

January 13, 2021 7:00am PTCompany also says it needs to develop inclusion strategies outside U.S.Netflix, like other tech companies, has regularly published data about the diversity of its workforce since 2013. Now the streamer has released its first “inclusion report,” in which the company details its strategy to improve diversity — and where it has fallen short.“We’ve made good progress over the last three years. But let’s be clear, we’re not where we want to be and we need to do better,” Vernā Myers, Netflix’s VP of inclusion strategy, said in the report.Specifically, she said, “We could...

ampproject.org
Todd Spangler
Jan 13
Worthy
Share
Save
Give Tip
Review
gold-cheese100%
YouTube Unveils First 'Black Voices' Class of Creator, Music Artist Partners

YouTube Unveils First 'Black Voices' Class of Creator, Music Artist Partners

announced the inaugural 2021 class of partners for its #YouTubeBlack Voices program — a group of 132 creators and artists from around the world who will receive funding and support from the video giant.Last summer, amid racial-justice protests across the U.S. and in other countries, as part of a multiyear initiative. The 132 artists and creators picked for the first round of grants, announced Tuesday, will get dedicated partner support from YouTube and seed funding for the development of their channels. YouTube also will host training sessions, workshops and networking programs.“In the...

variety.com
Todd Spangler
Jan 12
Worthy
Share
Save
Give Tip
Review
gold-cheese100%
Facebook Has No Plans to Reinstate Trump Accounts, Bans Phrase 'Stop the Steal'

Facebook Has No Plans to Reinstate Trump Accounts, Bans Phrase 'Stop the Steal'

currently has no plans to allow to regain access to his accounts, after the social giant suspended him indefinitely following the Jan. 6 deadly insurrection in the nation’s capital, COO Sheryl Sandberg said Monday.In addition, Facebook said it has begun removing content with the phrase “stop the steal,” which has become a rallying cry among pro-Trump conspiracy theorists who refuse to accept that Joe Biden defeated President Trump in the 2020 election.Last week, , with CEO Mark Zuckerberg citing the risk of ongoing violence for that decision. .“Our ban’s indefinite. We’ve said at least...

variety.com
Todd Spangler
Jan 11
Worthy
Share
Save
Give Tip
Review
gold-cheese100%
Data Analytics Firm CEO Arrested After Joining Mob Storming U.S. Capitol

Data Analytics Firm CEO Arrested After Joining Mob Storming U.S. Capitol

, the chief executive of a Chicago-area company that provides data-marketing solutions, said he was arrested Wednesday after he entered the U.S. Capitol alongside a mob of pro-Trump rioters seeking to overturn the 2020 presidential election.His company, Cogensia, said in a statement that Rukstales has been placed on leave while it considers next steps. The violent attack on the U.S. Capitol left at least five people dead, including a , and has prompted calls for President Trump to resign, be removed via the 25th Amendment or be impeached and removed from office by Congress.“Our CEO, Brad...

variety.com
Todd Spangler
Jan 8
Worthy
Share
Save
Give Tip
Review
gold-cheese100%
Reddit Bans Pro-Trump Forum for Inciting Violence in Connection With U.S. Capitol Attack

Reddit Bans Pro-Trump Forum for Inciting Violence in Connection With U.S. Capitol Attack

on Friday said it banned r/donaldtrump — one of the biggest pro-Trump subreddits on the platform — after “repeated” violations of the site’s policy against inciting violence.The move comes after hundreds of pro-Trump rioters, who were encouraged and praised by President Trump, overwhelmed police in Washington, D.C., to illegally occupy the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6. The melee instigated by the insurrectionist mob left at least five dead.The r/donaldtrump forum had about 52,000 members before it was shut down. A notice on the page says, “This community was banned due to a violation of...

variety.com
Todd Spangler
Jan 8
Worthy
Share
Save
Give Tip
Review
gold-cheese100%
Twitter Permanently Bans Donald Trump

Twitter Permanently Bans Donald Trump

has been kicked off for good, the social network said Friday.“After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them — specifically how they are being received and interpreted on and off Twitter — we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence,” the company said in a statement.Trump, who had 88.8 million followers at last count on Twitter — his favored social platform — was “deplatformed” by the company after years of critics calling for the social network to crack down on what they pointed out was...

variety.com
Todd Spangler
Jan 8
Worthy
Share
Save
Give Tip
Review
gold-cheese100%
Roku Acquires Global Rights to 75-Plus Quibi Shows, Will Stream Them for Free

Roku Acquires Global Rights to 75-Plus Quibi Shows, Will Stream Them for Free

snapped up the rights to the majority of ’s multimillion-dollar portfolio original programming — more than 75 shows in all — and will make them available free to stream in 2021 on the .Following after failing to attract a sustainable base of subscribers, Roku acquired Quibi Holdings LLC, the company that holds all of Quibi’s content distribution rights.Financial terms of the pact were not disclosed. Roku is paying less than $100 million for the Quibi library, the Wall Street Journal . Rob Holmes, Roku’s VP of programming, said in an interview, “We do think this deal represents a great...

variety.com
Todd Spangler
Jan 8
Worthy
Share
Save
Give Tip
Review
gold-cheese100%
Twitter Sued for Defamation by NY Post's Source for Hunter Biden Stories

Twitter Sued for Defamation by NY Post's Source for Hunter Biden Stories

A Delaware computer repair shop owner sued , alleging the social network defamed him by effectively labeling him a “hacker” after his business was cited as the source for info obtained from a laptop allegedly owned by that served as the basis for several articles published in October.In the lawsuit (at ), John Paul Mac Isaac said he was forced to shut down the Mac Shop, his computer repair business in Wilmington, Del., after Twitter said the NY Post stories violated its “hacked materials” policy and initially disallowed users from sharing links to them. The Rupert Murdoch-owned paper...

variety.com
Todd Spangler
Dec 28
Worthy
Share
Save
Give Tip
Review
gold-cheese100%
HBO Max Goes Live on PlayStation 5

HBO Max Goes Live on PlayStation 5

is now available on , Sony’s next-generation videogame console — which has been in scarce supply since it went on sale last month.News of the deal between and Sony Interactive Entertainment to bring HBO Max to the PS5 comes a day after . And Amazon clinched a deal in November to carry HBO Max on Fire TV and Fire Tablet devices, after holding out for several months.But there’s still no deal between WarnerMedia and Roku, one of the biggest streaming platforms in the U.S. The companies have been in talks to resolve their disputes. [ Later Wednesday, to the Roku platform as of Dec. 17.]On the...

variety.com
Todd Spangler
Dec 16
Worthy
Share
Save
Give Tip
Review
gold-cheese100%
HBO Max Is Launching on Roku, After Device Maker and WarnerMedia Finally Bury the Hatchet

HBO Max Is Launching on Roku, After Device Maker and WarnerMedia Finally Bury the Hatchet

and have reached an agreement for the distribution of the on the Roku platform — nearly seven months after the streaming service launched.HBO Max will be live on Roku effective tomorrow, Thursday, Dec. 17, the companies announced. The deal gives the streaming service coverage on all major over-the-top platforms. Its absence on Roku was a big hole: Roku counted 46 million active user accounts as of the end of September.Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but both sides claimed they were pleased with finally resolving their differences.WarnerMedia was looking to nail down an HBO Max pact...

variety.com
Todd Spangler
Dec 16
Worthy
Share
Save
Give Tip
Review
gold-cheese100%
HBO Max Is Launching on Roku, After Device Maker and WarnerMedia Finally Bury the Hatchet

HBO Max Is Launching on Roku, After Device Maker and WarnerMedia Finally Bury the Hatchet

and have reached an agreement for the distribution of the on the Roku platform — nearly seven months after the streaming service launched.HBO Max will be live on Roku effective tomorrow, Thursday, Dec. 17, the companies announced. The deal gives the streaming service coverage on all major over-the-top platforms. Its absence on Roku was a big hole: Roku counted 46 million active user accounts as of the end of September.Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but both sides claimed they were pleased with finally resolving their differences.WarnerMedia was looking to nail down an HBO Max pact...

variety.com
Todd Spangler
Dec 16
Worthy
Share
Save
Give Tip
Review
gold-cheese100%
'The Office' to Stream Exclusively on NBCU's Peacock Starting Next Month, With First Two Seasons Free

'The Office' to Stream Exclusively on NBCU's Peacock Starting Next Month, With First Two Seasons Free

“” is flying back home to NBCUniversal — after it leaves at the end of 2020 — to alight exclusively on , the media company’s recently launched streaming service.With its Jan. 1, 2021, launch on Peacock, “The Office” will introduce new “Superfan Episodes” that include never-before-seen footage and deleted scenes in extended cuts of the original series, starting with Season 3, with more coming in March. (NBCU released a .)NBCU is making the first two seasons of “The Office” available for free with ads on Peacock (which currently is available only in the U.S.). Seasons 3-9, as well as the...

variety.com
Todd Spangler
Dec 14
Worthy
Share
Save
Give Tip
Review
gold-cheese100%
Disney Plus to Increase Prices in Early 2021, Eyes Up to 260M Subscribers by End of 2024

Disney Plus to Increase Prices in Early 2021, Eyes Up to 260M Subscribers by End of 2024

Streaming service hits 86.8 million paid customers a little over a year after launchPlus reached a new milestone, hitting 86.8 million paid subscribers worldwide as of Dec. 2 just over a year after its debut. That’s within shouting distance of the high end of the 90 million customers Disney originally expected to land — in year four of the streaming service’s life.With the strong momentum at ’ back, the company now expects the streamer to have between 230 million and 260 million total paid subscribers by the end of fiscal year 2024, CFO Christine McCarthy said at the company’s investor day...

variety.com
Todd Spangler
Dec 10
Worthy
Share
Save
Give Tip
Review
gold-cheese100%
AT&T to Sell Crunchyroll to Sony's Funimation for $1.175 Billion

AT&T to Sell Crunchyroll to Sony's Funimation for $1.175 Billion

inked a deal to sell its anime business to Sony’s group for $1.175 billion in cash, the companies announced.Funimation, a joint venture between and Sony Music Entertainment (Japan)’s Aniplex, has been a major rival to Crunchyroll in the global market for Japanese anime fandom. AT&T, looking to reduce its debt load, has been looking for a buyer for Crunchyroll for several months. Variety previously reported that AT&T’s .Crunchyroll touts more than 3 million subscription VOD subscribers and some 90 million registered users across more than 200 countries and territories. It offers ad-supported...

variety.com
Todd Spangler
Dec 10
Worthy
Share
Save
Give Tip
Review
gold-cheese100%
Apple Names Disney Plus the Apple TV App of the Year

Apple Names Disney Plus the Apple TV App of the Year

recognized as the best Apple TV app of 2020 — an award capping a year of monster growth for the Mouse House’s streaming service.Disney Plus also was the No. 3 most-downloaded free iPhone app of the year globally, behind Zoom and TikTok, and the No. 2 free iPad app after Zoom, according to Apple. (See the top 10 download charts below.) In announcing its editorial picks for the Best of 2020, Apple cited Disney Plus as having “offered a sense of unlimited possibility that many craved” during a difficult year.Meanwhile, in the Android world, Disney Plus was voted the No. 1 app of 2020 by...

variety.com
Todd Spangler
Dec 2
Worthy
Share
Save
Give Tip
Review
gold-cheese100%
Twitter Has Flagged 200 of Trump's Posts as 'Disputed' or Misleading Since Election Day. Does It Make a Difference?

Twitter Has Flagged 200 of Trump's Posts as 'Disputed' or Misleading Since Election Day. Does It Make a Difference?

In the 24 days since Election Day, has added warnings labels to 200 of President Trump’s tweets or posts he has retweeted (and counting) indicating that they contain false, disputed or misleading info.Overall since polls closed Nov. 3, about 30% of Trump’s posts on Twitter have been flagged by Twitter as containing or potentially including misinformation, according to a Variety analysis. That goes back to Trump’s claim in the .On Thanksgiving, Trump falsely tweeted, “Just saw the vote tabulations. There is NO WAY Biden got 80,000,000 votes!!! This was a 100% RIGGED ELECTION.” And today, the...

variety.com
Todd Spangler
Nov 27
Worthy
Share
Save
Give Tip
Review
gold-cheese100%
'The Queen's Gambit' Scores as Netflix Most-Watched Scripted Limited Series to Date

'The Queen's Gambit' Scores as Netflix Most-Watched Scripted Limited Series to Date

“The Queen’s Gambit” set the record as the most-watched scripted limited series to date on — with 62 million member accounts tuning in to the show in the first 28 days, according to the company.There’s a caveat, though: The way Netflix reports viewing is based on the number of viewers who have watched at least two minutes of a piece of content, which is very different from how the TV industry measures audience. And the streamer cherry-picks which originals it decides to tout with the proprietary metric.Netflix boasted about the success of “The Queen’s Gambit,” saying that the show made the...

variety.com
Todd Spangler
Nov 23
Worthy
Share
Save
Give Tip
Review
gold-cheese100%
Dish to Shut Down Slingbox, Devices Will Become 'Inoperable' in 2022

Dish to Shut Down Slingbox, Devices Will Become 'Inoperable' in 2022

announced that it will permanently shut down all of ’s Slingbox services and end support for the devices in two years, at which point they’ll no longer work.On Monday, Dish’s Sling Media unit announced that Slingbox servers will be permanently taken offline 24 months from Nov. 9, 2020.“Until then, most Slingbox models will continue to work normally, but the number of supported devices for viewing will steadily decrease as versions of the SlingPlayer apps become outdated and/or lose compatibility,” the company said in a message posted Monday.In an FAQ about the shutdown, Dish said Slingbox...

variety.com
Todd Spangler
Nov 9
Worthy
Share
Save
Give Tip
Review
gold-cheese100%
Quibi Will Cease Service Around Dec. 1, Says It Doesn't Know Whether Any Content Will Be Available Elsewhere Afterward

Quibi Will Cease Service Around Dec. 1, Says It Doesn't Know Whether Any Content Will Be Available Elsewhere Afterward

, a day after less than seven months after launching, told customers Thursday that it expects to shut off the streaming service “on or about” Dec. 1.The company, led by founder and ex-movie mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg and CEO Meg Whitman, also said it doesn’t know what will happen to the dozens of original shows on Quibi, which it has licensed from a and media companies.“At this time we do not know if the Quibi content will be available anywhere after our last day of service,” the L.A.-based startup said in a message on its customer-support site. The message added, “We recommend following...

variety.com
Todd Spangler
Oct 22
Worthy
Share
Save
Give Tip
Review
gold-cheese100%
Twitter, Facebook Slap Warning Labels on Trump's Tweet Charging Democrats With Trying to 'Steal' Election

Twitter, Facebook Slap Warning Labels on Trump's Tweet Charging Democrats With Trying to 'Steal' Election

Just minutes after President Trump baselessly alleged in a post that Democrats were trying to “steal” the election, the social network hid the tweet behind a message warning that his tweet was “disputed” and “might be misleading.”“We are up BIG, but they are trying to STEAL the Election,” Trump at 12:49 a.m. ET on Wednesday. “We will never let them do it. Votes cannot be cast after the Polls are closed!”Trump posted the same message on , which appended this fact-checking note: “Final results may be different from initial vote counts, as ballot counting will continue for days or weeks,” the...

variety.com
Todd Spangler
Nov 4
Worthy
Share
Save
Give Tip
Review
gold-cheese100%
Whitney Houston’s 'I Will Always Love You' Tops 1 Billion Views on YouTube

Whitney Houston’s 'I Will Always Love You' Tops 1 Billion Views on YouTube

Song becomes only fourth from the '90s to reach milestone’s Grammy-winning smash “I Will Always Love You” is the fourth song from the ’90s — and the first solo track from the decade — to join ’s billion-views club.Originally written and recorded by Dolly Parton in 1973, the song was recorded and released by Houston in 1992. The Houston version of topped the charts in the early part of that decade after it was featured in “,” in which Houston co-starred with Kevin Costner. Houston’s rendition spent 14 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and is one of the bestselling singles of all...

variety.com
Todd Spangler
Oct 26
Worthy
Share
Save
Give Tip
Review
gold-cheese100%
Trump's TikTok Ban Set for Nov. 12 Halted by Federal Judge

Trump's TikTok Ban Set for Nov. 12 Halted by Federal Judge

A federal judge has preliminarily blocked the Trump administration’s ban on , which has been scheduled to take effect Nov. 12.The case was brought by three TikTok creators, who argued that President Trump’s executive order directing a complete U.S. ban on the Chinese-owned short-form video app infringed their First Amendment rights to free expression. The White House has claimed TikTok, because of its ties to China, represents a national security threat.In the ruling Friday granting a preliminary injunction to halt the Nov. 12 ban, District Judge Wendy Beetlestone of the U.S. District Court...

variety.com
Todd Spangler
Oct 30
Worthy
Share
Save
Give Tip
Review
gold-cheese100%
Quibi Is Shutting Down After Failing to Find a Buyer

Quibi Is Shutting Down After Failing to Find a Buyer

UPDATED: , the struggling short-form mobile video startup led by founder and CEO , is shutting down just six months post-launch after the company failed to find a buyer, according to a new report.[Later Wednesday. .]According to a Wall Street Journal , Katzenberg called investors Wednesday to tell them Quibi was folding. That came after a restructuring firm hired by Quibi — which raised $1.75 billion in funding, including from major media companies including Disney, NBCUniversal, and WarnerMedia — provided a list of options to the company’s board of directors this week. One of the...

variety.com
Todd Spangler
Oct 21
Worthy
Share
Save
Give Tip
Review
gold-cheese100%
Quibi Confirms It's Shutting Down: 'The World Has Changed Dramatically,' Jeffrey Katzenberg Says

Quibi Confirms It's Shutting Down: 'The World Has Changed Dramatically,' Jeffrey Katzenberg Says

It’s officially the end of the road for — a quick end for the quick-bite video startup. The company, led by founder and CEO, confirmed that it intends “to wind down its business operations and initiate a process to sell its assets.” The shutdown comes just a little over six months after Quibi launched in April, at the front end of the COVID pandemic’s sweep across the U.S.Quibi determined that due to “the changed industry landscape and ongoing challenges, it was clear that the business would not be able to continue operating for the long-term on a standalone basis,” according to its...

variety.com
Todd Spangler
Oct 21
Worthy
Share
Save
Give Tip
Review
gold-cheese100%
President Trump again misleads on auto industry and much more at Muskegon rally

President Trump again misleads on auto industry and much more at Muskegon rally

Detroit Free Press For the second time, President Donald Trump held a Michigan rally on Saturday in which he made vastly exaggerated and inaccurate claims about the state's auto industry, suggesting wrongly that many auto plants have been built during his term."We're building all these plants. You had the best year last year you ever had," Trump said during a speech that lasted for more than 1 1/2 hours at a rally at the Muskegon County Airport in west Michigan. Two new major assembly facilities have been announced since Trump took office in January 2017, a Jeep plant on Detroit's east side...

freep.com
Todd Spangler
Oct 17
Worthy
Share
Save
Give Tip
Review
OUTLETS
freep.com

freep.com

CRITIC
img-contested
N/A
PUBLIC
img-trusted
83%
variety.com

variety.com

CRITIC
img-contested
N/A
PUBLIC
img-trusted
75%
ampproject.org

ampproject.org

CRITIC
img-contested
N/A
PUBLIC
img-contested
N/A