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12:20 AM ET, March 24, 2020


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Peter Kovacs / The Advocate:
The Times-Picayune and The Advocate to temporarily furlough about a tenth of their 400-member workforce with the rest on four-day workweeks  —  The Times-Picayune and The Advocate have never been more vital to our community, and we wanted to take a minute to update you on what we are doing …
Hillel Italie / Associated Press:
Woody Allen's memoir was released by Arcade Publishing; Allen alleges Hachette vowed to publish it despite him “being a toxic pariah and menace to society”  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Woody Allen's memoir, dropped by its original publisher after widespread criticism, has found a new home, The Associated Press has learned.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
VidCon cancels its US edition, scheduled to run from June 17-20, due to the pandemic, and says it is looking to stage the event sometime in the fall  —  Bowing the inevitable, VidCon's flagship U.S. edition in June has been canceled because of the coronavirus crisis.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Amazon opens up free streaming access to more than 40 children's shows, including its original series, to all customers worldwide with an Amazon account  —  With millions of kids cooped up at home, Amazon is opening up free streaming access to more than 40 children's shows — including its original series — to all customers worldwide.
Ariel Shapiro / Forbes:
Streaming services see signup spikes over the past week, boosted by free trials, with Disney+ up 300%+, HBO Now 90%, Showtime 78%, Netflix 47%, and Apple 10%  —  Topline: As Americans brace for spending weeks (or months) inside as the coronavirus pandemic spreads, they are subscribing …
Discussion: @forbes
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Twitter withdraws Q1 guidance due to COVID-19, says it expects Q1 revenue to be down YoY but the number of monetizable DAUs has hit 164M, up 8% QoQ and 23% YoY  —  Twitter said it expects to miss previous first quarter 2020 financial guidance because of the COVID-19 pandemic …
Jeremy Fuster / The Wrap:
Oprah Winfrey launches a free, weekly talk show on Apple TV+ called Oprah Talks COVID-19, with the first episode featuring Idris Elba  —  Oprah Winfrey announced this weekend that she will be starting a new talk show series called “Oprah Talks COVID-19,” which will be available for free on Apple TV+ without a required subscription.
Discussion: Engadget, @oprah, @oprah and IndieWire
Melynda Fuller / MediaPost:
Time offers Time for Kids to children at home for free amid school closures, the first time it's been available outside classrooms in its 25 years of publishing  —  Time is offering its child-focused spinoff Time for Kids to students, families and teachers at home for free amid the COVID-19 outbreak and school closures.
Discussion: @keithgrossman
The New York Times Company:
The New York Times Company acquires Audm, the subscription-based audio app that offers listeners longform articles read by actors and celebrities  —  The New York Times Company has acquired Audm, the subscription-based audio app that offers listeners the world's best longform journalism …
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Etan Vlessing / Hollywood Reporter:
Cineplex says it will temporarily lay off part-time employees during the pandemic; full-time employees to take steep pay cuts with top execs taking 80% pay cuts
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Naman Ramachandran / Variety:
ViacomCBS Networks International and Sky sign a multi-year deal to make Nick Jr. and NickToons available in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria from April
Naman Ramachandran / Variety:
UK broadcaster ITV says it is reducing its program budget by £100M amid the COVID-19 pandemic, as sports events are postponed and programs delivered late
Discussion: Prolific North and CampaignUK