When Spotify signed comedian Joe Rogan exclusively to its podcasting service a few months ago, Spotify’s stock jumped more than 8% as investors responded to what they saw as the growth potential. Now the company is suffering some blowback as Rogan keeps up his tendency to be controversial, most recently by hosting conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on his show. While Spotify has banned Jones’ own...
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Last summer, advertising representatives for a national pizza chain in the U.S. met with Amazon ad executives to negotiate a potential sponsorship deal for Amazon Prime Video’s broadcast of “Thursday Night Football.” Amazon executives asked the pizza chain for commitments of up to $12 million for the full season, double what the chain wanted to spend, said a person with direct...
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