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8:15 AM ET, May 21, 2020


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Matt Donnelly / Variety:
An unreleased version of Justice League, the cut by original director Zach Snyder, will be released on HBO Max in 2021, after a sustained fan campaign  —  ‘John Henry’ Producers on Their Netflix Ratings Smash, Dwayne Johnson Controversy and Potential Sequel
Financial Times:
Inside the mad dash to launch HBO Max during the pandemic and the twists and turns at WarnerMedia over the last year  —  Creating a rival to Netflix is more urgent than ever for WarnerMedia.  Will the HBO Max moonshot succeed?  —  On the biggest day of his career, John Stankey arrived …
Pew Research Center:
Pew study shows divide between those who rely on White House for pandemic news and those using other sources; White House group broadly says media hypes risk  —  People in this group are most likely to say the outbreak has been made too big of a deal, journalists have been exaggerating the risks
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Twitter is testing a feature that lets a tweet's author limit who can reply, giving the options of Everyone, People You Follow, and Only People You Mention  —  Twitter today acknowledged that it's begun testing a new setting that let users limit who can reply to tweets.
Max Willens / Digiday:
Publishers like Time and Gannett are highlighting packages of stories of civic, economic, and public recovery to lure back coronavirus-weary advertisers  —  In trying to sell ads against their coronavirus coverage, news publishers have gone through a Kubler Ross-esque progression.
Megh Wright / Vulture:
ClickHole returns and starts publishing as a new, employee-owned website, about four months after being acquired by Cards Against Humanity  —  It's been almost four months since the satire site ClickHole was purchased by Cards Against Humanity and published their last article, titled …
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
UK newspapers no longer have to make their print circulations public through ABC as they give “stimulus to write a negative narrative of circulation decline”  —  UK national newspapers no longer have to make their print circulations public through auditors ABC from today …
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Ahead of Tribune Publishing's shareholder meeting Thursday, workers who faced pay cuts worry Alden Global Capital will gain more control and launch more cuts  —  Inside the Tribune Publishing newspaper chain, all eyes are focusing on Thursday's annual shareholder meeting.
Jason Lynch / Adweek:
Disney moves back ad sales and media distribution divisions to its Media Networks group, following the departure of Kevin Mayer  —  Media distribution team also moving from company's DTCI segment, effective immediately  —  Key insights:  —  Disney streaming head Kevin Mayer's surprise exit …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
NYT's proprietary ads platform plan has been misread as protecting user data more than Facebook and Google do, yet NYT will still sell targeted ads using data  —  One of the most frustrating aspects of discussing the internet, business models, and privacy is how many otherwise intelligent people continue …
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
BBC says it faces an estimated £125M in lost income this year and has had record viewing figures during the lockdown, including among 16- to 34-year-olds  —  The BBC will be forced to find further savings as it faces an estimated £125m in lost income this financial year as a result …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Scribd announces Scribd Perks, which gives paying subscribers access to additional audio and video streaming services like Pandora Plus at no extra charge  —  E-book and audiobook subscription service Scribd has been actively embracing and experimenting with bundling over the past couple of years …
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
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Nick Corasaniti / New York Times:
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Ashley Carman / The Verge:
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