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8:05 PM ET, October 13, 2014


 Top News: 
Bill Carter / New York Times:
Leaning Forward, MSNBC Loses Ground to Rival CNN  —  Rachel Maddow, the biggest star on the MSNBC cable network, just posted her lowest quarterly ratings results ever.  —  “Morning Joe,” MSNBC's signature morning program, scored its second-lowest quarterly ratings, reaching an average …
Chris O'Brien / VentureBeat:
Maker Studios CEO says Disney had to buy it to ‘remain relevant’  —  Above: Ynon Kreiz of Maker Studios speaking at the 2014 VidCon at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California.  —  When Disney plopped down $500 million earlier this year to buy Maker Studios …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Disney's Maker Studios Teams with Disney-Backed Fusion to Produce Block of TV Programming  —  Maker Studios, the YouTube multichannel network Disney acquired earlier this year, has reached another TV deal that falls under the Mouse House's corporate umbrella.
George Packer / New Yorker:
The story behind the making of Citizenfour, Laura Poitras' film about Edward Snowden's leaks  —  The Holder of Secrets  —  The Holder of Secrets Laura Poitras's closeup view of Edward Snowden.  From the garden terrace of a sixth-floor walkup on a quiet Berlin street, there was a clear view to the TV Tower, in Alexanderplatz.
Simon Van Zuylen-Wood / Salon:
“She's not ducking a fight”: How Margaret Sullivan transformed the role of the NYT public editor  —  As other ombudsmen fade into oblivion, Sullivan is reimagining the relationship between the Times and its readers  —  When Alessandra Stanley published her now-infamous essay on Shonda Rhimes …
David Carr / New York Times:
YouTube's New York production studio set to open in November with a dedicated space for brands  —  YouTube Takes Manhattan  —  A few weeks ago, Zayna Aston, a communications executive at Google, met me at the company's offices in Manhattan to show me around YouTube Space New York …
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Twitter, Google, AOL and Vice pitch content in London digital upfronts  —  Firms mimic US TV industry with showcases aimed at advertisers in a sign of growing significance of UK's digital media  —  A who's who of senior executives from Silicon Valley giants, including Twitter, Google …
Yvonne Villarreal / Los Angeles Times:
AMC backs away from unscripted programming, re-shifts focus to scripted  —  AMC is undergoing a reality check.  —  The cable network is dropping most of its unscripted programs to re-shift its focus to maintaining its power in the scripted arena.  —  The network, in a short time frame …
The Cambodia Daily:
Journalist Investigating Illegal Logging Shot Dead  —  A 49-year-old journalist reportedly investigating illegal logging in Kratie province was shot dead early Sunday morning.  Within hours, police arrested three men—a commune police chief, a military police officer and a Royal Cambodian Armed Forces …
Lee Hyo-won / Hollywood Reporter:
Warner Bros. Korea to Debut Some Films Via Streaming Services  —  The local premiere of Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler rom-com ‘Blended’ will come on IPTV services  —  Amid the surge of the South Korean online market for movies in recent years, Warner Brothers Korea will make films without …
Wall Street Journal:
Book publishers are using YouTube to identify potential bestselling authors  —  From YouTube Stars, Literary Lions  —  Book Publishers Sweep Video Site for a New Wave of Authors  —  Publishers seeking the next hit author have a new hunting ground: YouTube.
Discussion: @digitalshields and @keachhagey
Todd Spangler / Variety:
BSkyB invests $500K in web-video aggregator  —  BSkyB Invests in Internet-Video Startup Pluto.TV  —  British satcaster takes $500,000 stake in company, whose other backers include UTA's Jeremy Zimmer and Terry Semel  —  U.K. satcaster BSkyB has invested $500,000 in web-video aggregator Pluto.TV …
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