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11:15 AM ET, January 3, 2020


 Top News: 
John Koblin / New York Times:
Richard Plepler, former CEO of HBO, signs a five-year deal with Apple through his company Eden Productions to produce films and shows exclusively for Apple TV+  —  Ten months after he chafed under AT&T's takeover of the network, he reboots himself as a producer in a five-year deal with Apple TV Plus.
Hamilton Nolan / The Guardian:
A retrospective look at a decade in journalism, from a Gawker alum who reported on media and is now unemployed after Splinter's closure  —  You won't make much money, your best stories will be forgotten, and you'll be doomed to constant disappointment and despair.  I recommend it highly
Charlie Nash / Mediaite:
NYT deletes a tweet calling Eddie Gallagher a “retired” Navy SEAL with a new apparel line while failing to mention his court martial and clemency from Trump  —  The New York Times on Thursday deleted a Twitter post which characterized Eddie Gallagher, who was charged …
Brent Lang / Variety:
Study: 10.6% of 2019's 100 highest-grossing films were from female directors, up from 4.5% in '18; women co-directed 2 of top 10 most successful global releases  —  Hollywood's glass ceiling may not be shattered, but it's showing some cracks.  —  The number of top-grossing films directed …
Rainesford Stauffer / Teen Vogue:
Student journalists are filling news gaps, pushing for student reporters' rights, launching outlets on social media, and focusing on diverse representation  —  Representation is everything.  —  In late September, news broke that Kurt Volker, the United States' special envoy for Ukraine …
Tony Bizjak / Sacramento Bee:
CFO says McClatchy will stop paying some executive pension benefits, affecting 100+ people, as it keeps talking with a federal agency about its pension plan  —  The McClatchy Co., owner of 30 newspapers including the Sacramento Bee, disclosed Thursday that it will stop paying supplemental or non-qualified executive retirement benefits.
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Q&A with Jimmy Iovine about music industry's reconciliation with tech in the last decade, why streaming music services are like utilities with low margins, more  —  The record executive who made the leap to Silicon Valley looks back on the decade in the music business, and sees a major problem on the horizon.
Comscore: Disney earned 33% of domestic box office grosses in 2019, the first time since 1999 that one studio had such a high revenue share in US/Canada  —  At the start of the decade, Disney's film business was enfeebled.  The studio ran perpetually last or nearly last for domestic market share …
Ailsa Chang / NPR:
Billboard to start including YouTube streams on January 3 to determine chart ranking  —  The question of how Billboard determines the most popular music in the country has gotten a lot harder in the digital age.  It used to be a simple question of which album sold the most physical copies …
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Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Report: spending on music streaming in the UK rose by 23.5% in 2019 to cross £1B for the first time, while digital video sales grew by 21.5% to hit £2.1B
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Mail on Sunday published a correction after IPSO ruled an article about Labour's stance on capital gains tax was inaccurate, 10 days after UK's general election
Jason Gurwin / The Streamable:
FuboTV drops Disney-owned NatGeo, FX, FXM, and FXX cable channels and the 21 regional sports networks that Fox recently sold to Sinclair
Center for the Study of the Public Domain:
Books, movies, and songs published in 1924 are now free to use as copyrights expired; works include Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, Edith Wharton's Old New York
 Earlier Picks: 
Siva Vaidhyanathan / The Guardian:
Boycotting the NYT after Bret Stephens' column would be a mistake due to its important journalism; shaming is sufficient as the NYT cares about its reputation
Ben Casselman / @bencasselman:
[Thread] NYT reporter tracks his source list for gender and racial diversity, concludes the effort improved his journalism and forced him to be more thoughtful