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October 25, 2023

LeBron James & Peyton Manning Teaming Up with the Obamas on Netflix Hoops Docuseries

LeBron James is in talks with Peyton Manning and Barack and Michelle Obama to develop a basketball docuseries for Netflix similar to the NFL’s “Quarterback,” The Wall Street Journal writes. LeBron‘s production company, SpringHill Entertainment, is working with Manning’s Omaha Productions, the Obamas’ Higher Ground Productions, and the NBA on the program. It’s unclear what athletes will be featured on the unscripted project or when it is slated to begin filming.


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Lil Wayne & Kid LAROI Investing in MLP’s Texas Ranchers

On Tuesday, Major League Pickleball team Texas Ranchers announced that rapper Lil Wayne joined the team’s ownership group and will serve as a strategic advisor. Per the release, Weezy will “provide direction for the brand to help drive national and local fandom to the sport, further strengthening the Texas Ranchers position as America’s Pickleball Team.” Lil Wayne isn’t the only one to join the ownership group: The Ranchers added that rapper The Kid LAROI, commentator and former NFL pro Emmanuel Acho, LA Clippers owner and CEO of Verbena Road Holdings Dennis Wong, and more business moguls are also a part of the 30-plus cohort.

J Balvin, Steve Aoki Headline Formula 1 Las Vegas Opening Ceremony Lineup

The lineup for the opening ceremony of the inaugural Formula 1 Las Vegas Grand Prix has been announced, with festivities scheduled to begin on Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. Nine musical artists will take the stage: Andra Day, Bishop Briggs, J Balvin, Journey, Keith Urban, Steve Aoki, Swedish House Mafia, Thirty Seconds to Mars, and will.i.am. There will also be appearances by the Blue Man Group and Cirque du Soleil. A limited number of tickets are available for purchase, but for those unable to attend in person, ESPN2 will broadcast the ceremony nationally, while the F1 YouTube channel will stream the show for its international audience.

Spotify Reports Increase in Active Subscribers, Total Revenue in Q3

Spotify shared fiscal third-quarter earnings on Tuesday, and the streaming service revealed a net profit of $69.1 million.  The platform’s monthly active users experienced a 26% increase to 574 million — 2 million ahead of guidance — making it the second-largest Q3 net addition performance in company history. Premium subscribers also hit 226 million, a 6 million increase from Q2’s amount. Finally, total revenue grew 11% to $3.6 billion compared with Q3 2022. Spotify attributed “the early effects of price increases” as a catalyst for the 11% year-over-year revenue growth. Earlier this year, the Swedish company increased the cost of the monthly bill for users anywhere from $1 to $2, depending on the plan.

Instagram to Test Meta Verified-only Feed

Instagram is adding even more benefits to its verified program. In an attempt to persuade more users to pay for the Meta Verified service, The Verge reports that Meta has been working on a new option that will let users choose only to see posts from verified accounts. The toggle will appear as an option under “Following” and “Favorites” when you tap the Instagram logo at the app’s top. Meta Verified costs $11.99 monthly on the web or $14.99 when you subscribe via the iOS or Android apps. Benefits include verification with a government ID, proactive account protection, access to direct account support, and more.

Kevin Hart’s Gran Coramino Tequila Partners with the Atlanta Hawks

Kevin Hart’s Gran Coramino tequila announced Tuesday a multi-year partnership as the official spirit of the Atlanta Hawks and a partner of State Farm Arena. Fans can sip signature cocktails featuring the spirit at the venue’s Delta Sky360 Club. Later this season, Gran Coramino will be hosting a contest for a chance to sit in Hart‘s courtside seats at one of the Hawks‘ home games. This announcement follows the September reveal that Gran Coramino inked a multi-year pact with the Philadelphia Eagles as the official luxury tequila of the Birds.