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Names In The News

Quibi, which is in talks with Timberlake, plans to produce more than 70 programs in its first year

Sources said that JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE and KOBE BRYANT are "in talks to create programs for a new online service called Quibi," and the two would produce and appear in original series. The new video service, "whose name is short for quick bites," is led by former DreamWorks CEO JEFFREY KATZENBERG and former HP and eBay CEO MEG WHITMAN. Sources said that the service "plans to produce more than 70 programs in its first year, about half of which will be original series." The other half "will be a mix of short news clips, sports and lifestyle videos" (BLOOMBERG NEWS, 10/10).

THE GOOD STUFF: Children in outer southeast Portland on Thursday gathered at the city's Parklane Park with Nike, the Trail Blazers and other guests to celebrate the beginning of the '18 Portland Basketball Courts Revitalization Project. The three-year effort, announced in June, will renovate courts in up to 30 Portland Parks & Recreation sites, thanks to a more than $1M donation by Nike and the Trail Blazers (Trail Blazers)....Pro Football HOFer ANTHONY MUNOZ is traveling across Mexico "hosting football camps designed to teach Hispanic youths not only the sport but also character development and team building." He said that he started the camps "through his non-profit foundation 18 years ago and since has partnered" with the NFL and Pro Football HOF (USA TODAY, 10/12).

NAMES: Lakers investor PATRICK SOON-SHIONG, who owns the L.A. Times, has "cut ties” with the investor conference in Saudi Arabia over the disappearance of Washington Post journalist JAMAL KHASHOGGI (, 10/12)....RENEE BENSON, the estranged daughter of late Saints and Pelicans Owner TOM BENSON, is "selling the last three" of her father's San Antonio car dealerships (, 10/11)....Mexico President-elect ANDRES MANUEL LOPEZ OBRADOR has "turned down an invitation" to a future Astros game from club President of Baseball Operations JEFF LUHNOW due to prior commitments (AP, 10/11)....Reebok President MATT O’TOOLE on Monday “joined more than 200 colleagues at the Reebok Boston 10k for Women” (BOSTON GLOBE 10/9)....CBS sideline reporter JENNY DELL and her husband, Phillies 3B WILL MIDDLEBROOKS, have “welcomed their first child,” MADISON (, 10/11)....ESPN’s JAY WILLIAMS and wife NIKKI BONACORSI gave birth to a baby girl, AMELIA BROOKLYN-ROSE WILLIAMS (, 10/11).