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7:45 AM ET, June 20, 2018

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Daniel Holloway / Variety:
Modern Family's Steve Levitan revises statement about not re-upping with Fox, says he'll “take some time” to see where studio executives land after Fox sale  —  “Modern Family” co-creator Steve Levitan reversed course Tuesday after initially saying he would leave Fox …
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Nellie Andreeva / Deadline:
Modern Family co-creator Steve Levitan says he will not be re-upping his contract with 20th Century Fox TV due to the studio's ties with Fox News  —  UPDATED with Levitan's statement: After Steve Levitan tweeted last night that he was “disgusted” to work for Fox following a controversial statement …
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline:
Days after criticizing Fox News' Tucker Carlson, Seth MacFarlane donates $2M to NPR and $500K to NPR member station KPCC in Los Angeles
Alex Heath / Cheddar:
Sources: AT&T in talks to acquire AppNexus, which operates one of the largest independent ad exchanges; source says AppNexus won't sell for less than $2B  —  AT&T is in talks to acquire the advertising company AppNexus, Cheddar has learned.  —  Privately-held AppNexus operates …
Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic:
Dissecting how the US family-separation policy for immigrants became big news after percolating for months as reporters probed and legislators asked questions  —  How the many-chambered heart of the internet turned the Trump administration's family-separation policy into a different kind of scandal.
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
When DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told a sheriffs' association, “Don't believe the press”, she was following her boss's lead to discredit the media  —  Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Monday abandoned precision in bashing media coverage of the Trump administration's immigration policies.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook debuts game-show platform that lets creators add quizzes, polls, and more to live and on-demand video; Facebook tests ability to award prize money  —  Rather than build its own HQ trivia competitor, Facebook is launching a gameshow platform.  Today the company announced a new set …
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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook launches Brand Collabs search engine to connect brands and creators for sponsoring and product placement deals; Facebook is not currently taking a cut  —  Facebook wants to help connect brands to creators so they can work out sponsored content and product placement deals, even if it won't be taking a cut.
Michelle Castillo / CNBC:
Facebook says it's opening Watch to more types of content, including non-episodic long-form, in bid to capture YouTube stars, and is adding polls, quizzes, more
Sara Boboltz / HuffPost:
NYT agreed not to use audio recordings of an on-the-record interview with Trump advisor Stephen Miller for its podcast The Daily after the White House objected  —  As the immigration crisis rages on, a key adviser's voice has been hushed.  —  Bowing to pressure from the White House …
Caroline O'Donovan / BuzzFeed:
Medium and GitHub scrub posts and database containing ICE employee LinkedIn data citing rules against doxxing; Twitter suspends bot tweeting info from database  —  Medium and GitHub say posting the LinkedIn data of a targeted group of employees constitutes doxing.  The artist who made the database disagrees.
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
EU Parliament committee votes for tougher copyright rules that could force tech firms to bear liability for copyright infringement in user generated content  —  In a key vote this morning the European Parliament's legal affairs committee has backed the two most controversial elements …
Discussion: The Next Web and Gizmodo
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Disney names Jennifer Lee to lead Walt Disney Animation Studios and veteran Pixar director Pete Docter to lead Pixar, filling John Lasseter's dual roles  —  LOS ANGELES — Pete Docter is a 6-foot-5 Minnesotan who comes across like Tom Hanks in “Big” and lives in a literal tree house.
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Sources: Endemol Shine, the TV producer of Black Mirror that is co-owned by 21st Century Fox and Apollo Global Management, has hired bankers to pursue a sale  —  - Fox previously passed up the chance to acquire all of Endemol and instead agreed to sell its stake to Disney in December.
Discussion: Deadline
 
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The Daily Beast:
About 50 newspaper executives flew in to Washington last week to lobby against newsprint tariffs; 24 senators now co-sponsoring a bill to suspend the tariffs
Jack Shafer / Politico:
Ali Watkins deserves a reprimand if she slept with a source, and a second chance, given that male reporters have escaped punishment over the years
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Starz rolls out 14 channels on YouTube TV as a $9 add-on to the $40/month basic package
Pew Research Center:
Study: US adults who are politically aware, digitally savvy, and trust reporting are more likely to identify factual statements in media
Jessica Davies / Digiday:
Speaking at Cannes, New York Times CEO Mark Thompson praised Google for listening to the paper's concerns but said Facebook was “difficult”
Discussion: @bmorrissey
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
IAB study: 65% of viewers said they intend to watch the World Cup via livestream, versus just 71% who said they would view it on television
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
BBC's Director of Education and Radio James Purnell says the corporation faces an existential threat from Netflix and Spotify, must reach younger listeners
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Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
UK has indicated it's ready to approve 21st Century Fox's purchase of Sky, after Disney promised to commit $2B to Sky's annual budget over 15 years
Discussion: The Wrap and Press Gazette
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Vox Media is folding Racked, the retail and fashion site it acquired in 2013, into a vertical within the Vox website called The Goods
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Netflix signs first European overall deal with creators of breakout hit “Dark”, Jantje Friese and Baran bo Odar, similar to deals with Rhimes and Murphy
Discussion: Decider
Nieman Lab:
An open letter to the international journalism community, after the head of Portuguese press association forcibly kissed a woman onstage at WAN-IFRA congress
Michael R. Blood / Associated Press:
Former Mexico President Vicente Fox joins the board of cannabis publication High Times
Discussion: The Wrap
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Antitrust experts argue several major acquisitions have given Facebook and Google dominance over the ad market, with the DoJ failing to regulate them
Discussion: @baekdal