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10:45 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.
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 …
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Google will start surfacing individual podcast episodes in search results and will soon let users ask Google Assistant to play podcasts about specific topics  —  Search for what you want to hear  —  Google is taking the next step in making podcasts easier to find.
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......
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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Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
UK's newspapers circulation auditor ABC will stop publishing six-monthly reports for regional papers, instead publishing on a rolling basis throughout the year  —  Newspaper circulation auditor ABC is no longer publishing six-monthly reports for regional news publications in the UK.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Discussion: Vox, more at Techmeme »
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 …
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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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
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
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
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
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