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2:10 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.
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 …
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
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.
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.
Scott Soshnick / Bloomberg:
Sources: Endeavor to buy luxury events biz On Location Experiences in a deal valued at $660M, name Paul Caine as CEO; NFL to boost stake in On Location to 20%  —  - NFL to boost stake in On Location as part of $660 million deal  —  Endeavor Group Holdings Inc., the talent agency …
Discussion: Variety, @keithgrossman and The Wrap
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  —  It's a tough way to start the year for fuboTV subscribers, the service not only has lost Disney-owned Fox networks (FX, FXM, FXX, and Nat Geo) …
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  —  Bret Stephens' article was ridiculous, eugenicist garbage.  But calls to boycott the newspaper won't help
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 …
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  —  The Mail on Sunday has corrected a story that could have wrongly led readers to believe a Labour Government would scrap …
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Aliya Iftikhar / Committee to Protect Journalists:
Journalists in Nepal speak of pressure from officials to censor reporting and threats to constitutional guarantees of press freedom due to new restrictive bills
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
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
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Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Seven UK higher education institutions adopted the methods of BBC's 50:50 Project so that journalism students can track gender balance as they learn to report
Discussion: @vivian