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3:20 PM ET, September 6, 2017


 Top News: 
Hollywood Reporter:
Sources: Amazon and Apple are competing with Warner Bros. and others for rights to the James Bond franchise and are willing to pay as much as the studio  —  The franchise, and its future, are up for grabs as Agent 007 is being viewed as one of the last untapped brands that could be a game changer.
Tara Palmeri / Politico:
Sources: conservative pundit Mercedes Schlapp, who served in the Bush administration, is expected to join the White House in a communications role  —  Conservative pundit Mercedes Schlapp, wife of American Conservative Union chairman Matthew Schlapp, is expected to join the White House …
Discussion: Mediaite and CNN
Tony Maglio / The Wrap:
Peter Rice has been promoted to president of 21st Century Fox, will retain his roles as chairman and CEO of Fox Networks Group  —  Peter Rice has been promoted to president of 21st Century Fox.  He'll keep his chairman and CEO titles for Fox Networks Group as well.  —  Here's the full media release, more to come:
Discussion: The Wrap, Variety and @awallenstein
Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
Spotify hires Disney executive Courtney Holt to lead its efforts in original video and podcast programming  —  Spotify has lured digital-media veteran Courtney Holt over from Disney to lead its efforts around original video and podcast programming, Variety has learned exclusively.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
E.W. Scripps' online news network Newsy to launch as a cable TV channel, after Scripps buys carriage contracts from RLTV  —  As traditional TV players keep hunting for new digital inroads, E.W. Scripps' online news network Newsy is going the other way — it's landing a spot on the cable TV dial.
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Podcast network Gimlet Media raises $5M from ad agency WPP, in addition to the $15M round it raised last month, bringing total raised to $27M  —  Tack this on to the $15 million it raised last month.  —  Yet another vote of confidence in podcasting — this time from the people who buy ads for a living …
Discussion: WPP, Fast Company and @mlieber
Virginia Heffernan / Politico:
A look at the Twitter thread as a literary form, requiring precise and lively storytelling  —  The compelling, incendiary literary form of the Trump era.  —  We don't get to choose the literary genre of our epoch, and in this worst-of-times-worst-of-times political era, we have the Twitter thread.
Tim Peterson / Marketing Land:
How media companies including Bustle, New Form Digital, and WeBuyGold are creating episodic series for Instagram Stories  —  Bustle, New Form Digital and WeBuyGold have started producing original programs for Facebook's other fledgling video service.  —  At the same time as Facebook …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Washington Post National Editor Scott Wilson steps down; sources say it was over an internal dispute about resources, during which he yelled at a fellow editor  —  Washington Post National Editor Scott Wilson has left his position after disputes with his superiors over newsroom resources …
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
The Atlantic launches a paid membership program called Masthead, priced at $10/month or $100/year, offering perks including exclusive content  —  But not just the diehards — it's also an attempt to forge tighter connections with its growing web audience.  “We're trying to create a product that's a supplement, not a replacement.”
Discussion: Digiday and The Atlantic
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Vimeo signs technology deal with Lionsgate, will power two of the studio's OTT services, Kevin Hart's online comedy network Laugh Out Loud and Tribeca Shortlist
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
The BBC has commissioned an audited report into its gender pay gap, which was revealed after it was forced to reveal the salaries of its top stars
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
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New York Times:
Sources describe fallout for the new CNN Investigates unit after retracting a Scaramucci story and firing three journalists: scope narrowed, KFILE team moved
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
YouTube updates iOS app, letting users with 100+ subscribers live stream what's on their iPhone's screen, following Android version
Sources: Facebook offers labels “hundreds of millions of dollars” to cover infringing music in user-uploaded videos, as it improves copyright flagging tech