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6:30 PM ET, November 13, 2017

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Joseph Otterson / Variety:
‘Lord of the Rings’ Series Moving Forward at Amazon With Multi-Season Production Commitment  —  A “Lord of the Rings” TV series is moving forward at Amazon with the streaming service giving the series a multi-season production commitment, Amazon announced Monday.
Garett Sloane / Ad Age:
Sources: Amazon is developing a free, ad-supported version of its Prime video streaming service and is considering giving content creators their own channels  —  Amazon is developing a free, ad-supported complement to its Prime streaming video service, according to people familiar with its plans.
Erin Nyren / Variety:
New York Times Books Editor Radhika Jones has been named the next editor of Vanity Fair  —  UPDATED: New York Times books editor Radhika Jones has been named the next editor of Vanity Fair, the company officially annouced on Monday.  —  Jones will succeed Graydon Carter …
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
RT files paperwork with Justice Department to register as foreign agent  —  An RT television broadcast van is seen parked outside the Luzhniki stadium ahead of an international soccer match in Moscow.  RT has registered with the Justice Department as a foreign agent of Russia.  (Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images)
Sam Levin / The Guardian:
Journalists at news orgs partnering with Facebook say its fact-checking tools have failed, and it hasn't disclosed data on efforts to stop misinformation spread  —  Journalists fighting spread of fake news raise concerns over possible conflicts of interest and say site has refused to disclose needed data
Chris Krewson / Spirited Media:
Spirited Media to abandon direct-sold display ads, refocus on events, launch membership programs in early 2018, and explore offering consulting services  —  Helping figure out the future of local news is hard.  We knew that when we formed Spirited Media in 2014, and we've ridden the ups and downs every day since.
Discussion: Nieman Lab
Elsa Keslassy / Variety:
Lars von Trier's production company, Zentropa, accused by nine Danish women, including journalist Anna Mette Lundtofte, of allowing sexual harassment to happen  —  Zentropa, the leading Scandinavia production company founded by Lars von Trier and Peter Aalbæk Jensen …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Bannon bashed outlets like Washington Post for not reporting from places like Alabama, and now claims conspiracy after WaPo's deep dive on Alabama's Roy Moore  —  Breitbart boss Stephen K. Bannon on Thursday night ripped The Post.  “The Bezos-Amazon-Washington Post that dropped that dime on Donald Trump …
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Sarah Whitten / CNBC:
At least five advertisers back away from Fox News' Hannity following his coverage of allegations against Senate candidate Roy Moore
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Channel 4 to be the exclusive UK partner in the European Broadcaster Exchange, an alliance of broadcasters that will run commercials across VOD services  —  Deal will allow advertisers to run campaigns on video-on-demand that could potentially reach up to 160 million viewers
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
As part of a broader effort to diversify its revenue streams outside of streaming, Spotify is now selling beauty products through its partnership with Merchbar  —  Spotify, the $16 billion digital music “startup” that is hotly tipped for an IPO, continues to lay the groundwork to diversify its platform beyond basic streaming.
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
The Daily Telegraph says its Apple News channel receives 5M monthly unique visitors and delivers 70M monthly ad impressions  —  Since the Telegraph adapted its paywall model last November, the publisher has become more serious about distributing content to third-party platforms.
Ben Westcott / CNNMoney:
Australian publisher Allen & Unwin indefinitely delays book on Chinese influence in Australia by a leading academic over fears of defamation action by Beijing  —  Xi Jinping's rise to power  —  A leading academic has accused his publisher of effectively ditching a book …
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
HBO's streaming service, HBO Go, has launched in four Central European countries: Hungary, Romania, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia  —  The direct-to-consumer HBO Go service is available in Hungary, Romania, the Czech Republic and Slovakia with such hit shows as ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Westworld’ and ‘Silicon Valley.’
Discussion: Variety and TechCrunch
 
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