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9:35 AM ET, January 7, 2019


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Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
Longtime producer Susan Zirinsky is replacing CBS News president David Rhodes in March; Rhodes will oversee Zirinsky's transition and later have advisory role  —  Longtime producer Susan Zirinsky is replacing CBS News President David Rhodes in March, becoming the first woman to lead the storied division in the network's history.
The Authors Guild:
Survey of 5,067 US-based published book authors finds median author income in 2017 was $6,080, down 42% from 2009; median pay for full-time authors was $20,300  —  The Authors Guild's 2018 Author Income Survey, the largest survey of writing-related earnings by American authors ever conducted …
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Samsung's 2018 and 2019 TV models will be able to access iTunes content directly via a dedicated app and support Apple's AirPlay 2 wireless streaming standard  —  Coming to all 2018 and 2019 TVs along with AirPlay 2  —  Samsung's 2018 and 2019 range of televisions will be able to access …
Ashley Rodriguez / Quartz:
Netflix has released about 345 original series, movies, and other productions in 2018, which comes to an estimated 90K minutes or 1,500 hours of content  —  Netflix released a ridiculous amount of original programming in 2018.  How ridiculous?  By Quartz's measure, the streaming-video giant put …
Discussion: @davechensky
Max Willens / Digiday:
With new ownership, Fortune seeks to diversify revenue by moving into new markets in Asia, introducing a paywall, and adding new events in 2019  —  In 2019, as Fortune looks to diversify its revenue, it will cast its lines for many different kinds of fish.  —  Armed with new funds promised …
Discussion: @digiday
Jack Hough / Barron's Online:
Bob Iger on Disney's streaming efforts, BAMTech acquisition, and challenges like changing compensation models as the company's new services get closer to launch  —  Burbank, Calif.—At Walt Disney (DIS) headquarters in this studio-filled city, Suite 3H in the original animation building holds stacks …
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Source: Netflix discussed the potential problems Hasan Minhaj's episode would cause in Saudi Arabia before broadcast and even raised idea of scrapping it  —  Under Article 6, Paragraph 1 of Saudi Arabia's Anti-Cyber Crime Law, the following is punishable by up to five years in prison …
Discussion: The Wrap
InsideClimate News:
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association awards a $1M grant to InsideClimate News and $1M to the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press  —  The grant provides ICN critical support for its investigative journalism, national reporting network and student journalism program.
Lavanya Ramanathan / Washington Post:
What may be lost as women's magazines kill print editions: fact checkers, iconic editors, and outlets for some of the best female journalists  —  In late November, Glamour came to the same conclusion reached by so many other women's magazines these days: After 80 years in mailboxes …
Alyssa Bereznak / The Ringer:
How Bird Box's success was driven by online memes, which Netflix viewers seemed more attached to than the movie itself  —  Before the Sandra Bullock movie was a “hit,” it was a joke (or a bot-related conspiracy theory) on your Twitter feed.  Here's how ‘Bird Box’ became so popular—and why it might be the future of movie marketing.
Guy Faulconbridge / Reuters:
Wikileaks sent a 5,000 word email to journalists telling them not to report on 140 different “false and defamatory” statements about Julian Assange  —  LONDON (Reuters) - WikiLeaks on Sunday advised journalists not to report 140 different “false and defamatory” …
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Max Willens / Digiday:
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