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10:35 AM ET, February 26, 2020


 Top News: 
The Walt Disney Co.:
Bob Chapek has been named CEO of The Walt Disney Company, effective immediately; Bob Iger will serve as executive chairman through 2021  —  1 BOB CHAPEK NAMED CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY Robert A. Iger Assumes Role of Executive Chairman through 2021 Mr. Iger Will Direct …
Peter Kafka / Vox:
Bob Iger's timing as he steps down is a head scratcher, but Disney is telling Wall Street and consumers that they shouldn't expect anything to change soon  —  Bob Iger, left, is stepping down as Disney CEO.  The man standing next to him, Bob Chapek, is replacing him.  Screenshot via Disney
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
As The Markup launches, a look at its commitment to a scientific approach of amassing evidence, sharing methods, and providing data for other researchers  —  After a false start, the unconventional team of algorithm investigators is ready to dive deep.  “I've heard that we are tying …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
ABC suspends reporter David Wright after reviewing Project Veritas footage in which he criticized Trump coverage and ABC News' promotion of Disney content  —  ABC News suspended one of its veteran correspondents late Tuesday for unguarded remarks he made in a video by operatives of Project Veritas …
Discussion: YouTube, Deadline, The Hill and Newser
Joe Mandese / MediaPost:
IAB report: programmatic media buys now account for 85% of all digital ad spending, reaching nearly $79B in the US in 2020 and growing to $90.1B in 2021  —  Programmatic media buys now accounts for 85% of all digital ad spending, according to estimates released in a new report from the Interactive Advertising Bureau.
Samantha Cole / VICE:
Two programmer-musicians algorithmically generated every possible MIDI melody in one octave and openly licensed them to help others in future copyright suits  —  Two programmer-musicians wrote every possible MIDI melody in existence to a hard drive, copyrighted the whole thing …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Minute Media, which owns The Players' Tribune and The Big Lead, raises $40M for a total of $160M, sources say at a $500M valuation  —  Minute Media is hoping to expand its business by selling publishing software as a service.
Discussion: Adweek and TechCrunch
Elaine Low / Variety:
Hulu chief marketing officer Kelly Campbell has been promoted to president, reporting to Kevin Mayer, Disney's direct-to-consumer and international chairman  —  Hulu's chief marketing officer Kelly Campbell has been promoted to president of Hulu, a move that comes in the wake of Randy Freer's recent exit as CEO of the company.
Nathaniel Meyersohn / CNN:
A look at The Costco Connection, a monthly magazine for Costco executive members, whose circulation of 14.3M makes it the fourth biggest magazine in the US  —  New York (CNN Business)Costco relies on a surprising perk to engage its executive members and keep them hooked on their $120-a-year subscription …
Discussion: @sapna and @raju
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Comcast acquires Xumo, an ad-supported video streaming service that has about 10M users, source says for over $100M  —  - Comcast is buying free ad-supported streaming service Xumo for more than $100 million.  — Comcast's interest in Xumo stems from its partnerships with smart television manufacturers and streaming technology.
Mel Grau / Poynter:
A look at a nearly two year fight by six women at The Boston Globe to get a more robust parental leave policy for the newspaper  —  Though they never heard the word “no,” it took nearly two years for these six women to get a more robust parental leave policy for the newspaper.
Tim Peterson / Digiday:
Since moving its content team to Amazon Studios, sources say IMDb TV has been in talks to produce original scripted and unscripted shows  —  This article is part of the Digiday Video Briefing, which features must-reads, confessionals and key market stats.  To receive the Digiday Video Briefing, please subscribe.
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Jennifer Maas / The Wrap:
AMC Networks posts revenue of $785M, up 1.6% YoY, with operating income of $42M in Q4 thanks to its four streaming services, which have 2M+ subscribers
Brian Cathcart / Byline Times:
How the Mail on Sunday admitted that it published a defamatory story about a beautician, but still dragged her through court before losing the libel suit
Gabe Bullard / Nieman Reports:
Magazines like Harvard Business Review, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and The Economist are increasingly using narrated articles to boost reach and retention
Wayne Friedman / MediaPost:
NBCUniversal launches One Platform, a unified platform for buying TV and digital ads
Discussion: AdExchanger and Reuters
 Earlier Picks: 
P R Sanjai / BloombergQuint:
Disney's Hotstar blocks an episode of John Oliver's show in India that criticized Narendra Modi
Thomson Reuters names former Nielsen President Steve Hasker as its CEO and president, succeeding Jim Smith
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Investor group that includes Searchlight Capital and led by former Viacom CFO Wade Davis agrees to acquire a 64% stake in Univision; Davis to become CEO
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Source: MSNBC plans “to seek out more smart, pro-Sanders voices”, shifting coverage amid criticism, as Sen. Bernie Sanders has surged over the last couple weeks
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Harvey Weinstein is convicted on two of five charges: criminal sexual assault in the first degree and rape in the third degree; he will be sentenced on March 11