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9:45 AM ET, August 8, 2019

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Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Netflix signs multi-year film and TV deal with Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and Dan Weiss; sources say the deal is worth $200M  —  David Benioff and Dan Weiss have signed a multiple-year film and TV pact with the streamer, which was bidding for the duo's services alongside Disney and Amazon.
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
iHeartMedia debuts Sunday Night Podcasts, to air its top podcasts across 270 broadcast radio stations across the US, every Sunday  —  What's even a podcast?  —  iHeartMedia will harness more than 850 radio stations to build its podcast audience and entice potential advertisers.
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Anne Steele / Wall Street Journal:
US radio giant Entercom Communications says it will acquire podcast companies Pineapple Street Media, source says for $18M, and Cadence13, source says for $50M
Nicholas Jackson / @nbj914:
Pacific Standard EIC says its board is shutting down the publication from next Friday after its primary funder cut off funding  —  Today is an extremely difficult day, the worst day—and I'm heart-broken and devastated. We learned this morning, without any warning, that our primary funder is cutting off all charitable giving and that our board is shutting down @PacificStand, effective next Friday.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
CBS and AT&T strike a new carriage deal, ending a prolonged blackout of CBS programming  —  CBS and AT&T came to new terms on carriage of CBS stations on the telecommunications giant's DirecTV satellite service, ending a prolonged blackout of CBS programming.  More to come......
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Viacom's Q3 revenue rose 4% YoY to $3.36B with ad revenue at its cable networks unit up 6% YoY, returning to US advertising growth for the first time since 2014  —  The company, which is led by CEO Bob Bakish and has been in talks with CBS Corp. about a recombination, returned to domestic ad growth …
USA Today:
USA TODAY office in McLean, VA was evacuated after police responded to what they say was a mistaken report of a man with a weapon  —  WASHINGTON — USA TODAY's headquarters in McLean, Virginia was evacuated Wednesday amid a heavy police presence to what authorities said turned …
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Roku reports Q2 revenue of $250.1M, up 59% YoY, loss of $10.4M, up from $0.1M a year ago, and $167.7M in platform revenue, up 86% YoY; stock up 20%+  —  Roku is now being used by 30.5 million households every month, and those users are a big reason the company grew revenues …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Federal judge rules that Ed Butowsky's libel suit against NPR for revealing his role in funding an investigation into the death of Seth Rich can go forward  —  A federal judge has rejected National Public Radio's bid to dismiss a Texas investment adviser's libel suit over news reports …
Stewart Clarke / Variety:
Ofcom: streaming services' subscriptions for Q1 in UK: Netflix posts the largest gains, up 26% YoY to 11.5M, Amazon Prime trails with 6M but is up 23% YoY  —  Almost half of all U.K. homes now take one of the major subscription streaming services, with Netflix at the front of the pack …
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
How Piano created a “propensity” paywall that uses machine learning with 76 metrics to predict how likely someone is to subscribe, and adjusts accordingly  —  They went from being the kid nobody wanted to talk with to one of the cool kids on the block.  (Apparently showing the other kids how to make money helps.)
Gabriel Snyder / Columbia Journalism Review:
Dean Baquet acknowledges some subscribers expect The NYT to take an adversarial role against Trump, doesn't see this moment in history as particularly aberrant  —  Dean Baquet, the executive editor of The New York Times, was at home on Monday night—as was the rest of the paper's senior leadership …
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Marc Tracy / New York Times:
New York Times reaches a high of 4.7M total subscribers in Q2, with nearly 3.8M subscribers to digital products; digital-only subscription revenue grew 14% YoY
 
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Governing:
Governing magazine, owned by e.Republic, will cease print publication after September and will ramp down its web presence over the next few months
Elias Leight / Rolling Stone:
Even though paying for radio play was prosecuted 15 years ago, sources say payola lives on in more sophisticated forms
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Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Guardian Media Group says it broke even in the last financial year, digital now makes up 56% of revenue, and it has 655,000 regular paying supporters
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Daniel Green / Journalism.co.uk:
After shutting down its Blogs self-publishing product, HuffPost UK launches new Personal and Opinion sections, both of which will pay contributors
Justin Hendrix / Protego Press:
Congress should change the law stipulating that FTC penalties go to the Treasury, using the FTC's $5B Facebook privacy fine to help fix local journalism instead
Matthew Ball / REDEF:
A deep dive into box office trends: why theater audiences are on a long decline, why “franchise fatigue” isn't real, and the direct-to-streaming opportunity
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Days after the El Paso shooter echoed language used by Fox News hosts, Tucker Carlson says white supremacy is “actually not a real problem in America”
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
Five days after leaving Twitch for Mixer, Tyler “Ninja” Blevins hits 1M active subscribers on Microsoft's streaming service
Jason Gurwin / The Streamable:
Disney CEO says Disney+ will have a $12.99 bundle that includes ad-supported Hulu and ESPN+ when it launches on November 12