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ViacomCBS, iHeartMedia Ink 3-Year Deal to Produce Dozens of Original Podcasts

The world of podcasts is getting a huge push in 2020, and now mega-media companies are getting in on the fun too. This week, mass entertainment companies ViacomCBS and iHeartMedia announced a three-year joint deal that includes a slate of over a dozen original podcasts based under both brands, Variety reports . According to a news release , the three-year pact calls on iHeartMedia — the biggest global commercial podcast publisher — to produce both new podcasts and shows associated with ViacomCBS’s portfolio of channels that span across different genres, including music, comedy, pop culture, and history. “We are excited to partner with iHeartMedia, the leading global commercial podcast publisher to expand our hit shows and IP into hit franchises,” said Keyes Hill-Edgar, chief operating officer of ViacomCBS’ Entertainment & Youth Group, in a statement . “iHeart’s wide distribution and availability across a number of leading platforms align well with our global reach and audiences.”...

Njera Perkins

Sep 10, 2020

Black-Owned Brand Juvia's Place Launches $300K Grant Initiative For Black Entrepreneurs

The financial obstacles facing many Black entrepreneurs in the beauty industry during this difficult time is proof that more support is needed. Popular Black-owned beauty brand Juvia’s Place is helping to combat financial burdens by offering $50,000 grants to six Black-owned businesses for a $300,000 support initiative, according to a press release . View this post on Instagram A post shared by Juvia's Place (@juviasplace) “The black lives and black business initiative should never be silenced,” the brand said in the caption. “It’s not a trend. It’s an ongoing battle.” According to SCORE , 44 percent of Black small business owners use cash to fund their business versus 37 percent of the average small business owners, and most seek their funding from either friends and family, lines of credit, unsecured loans, SBA Loans, equipment testing, or Rollovers for Business Start-ups (ROBS). “As a Black-owned business, I understand first-hand the financial obstacles Black entrepreneurs face,”...

Njera Perkins

Aug 17, 2020