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12:45 AM ET, July 29, 2020


 Top News: 
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Ex-Deadspin staff launch digital media company Defector Media, which they will own and operate, led by EIC Tom Ley and open to subscribers for $8 per month  —  The journalists who took part in a staff rebellion last year are starting Defector Media, a company with a podcast and a website dedicated to sports and culture.
Frank Pallotta / CNN:
AMC and Universal agree to shorten the theatrical window for films to 17 days, or 3 weekends, before Universal can release them onto premium on-demand platforms  —  New York (CNN Business)Universal and AMC are mending their frayed relationship in a deal that not only reverses the theater chain's ban …
John Koblin / New York Times:
Netflix breaks the record for most Emmy nominations with 160, as the industrywide number of TV series hit a high and submissions rose 15% over last year  —  Here's what you need to know:  —  Netflix and “The Mandalorian” show the might of streamers.  —  Netflix dominated …
Emily Bell / Columbia Journalism Review:
Some journalists debate the safety and ethics of using TikTok for publishing news, amid concerns about how China could influence their content  —  This week, Bloomberg reported that members of Joe Biden's presidential campaign were instructed to delete the social media app TikTok from their phones.
Euirim Choi / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Instagram has made lucrative offers, some in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, to some of TikTok's most popular creators to use Reels
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
Crunchyroll reaches 3M streaming subscribers, and the anime portal's GM Joanne Waage says WarnerMedia's goal is to fuel both Crunchyroll and HBO Max  —  GM Joanne Waage, who took the helm of Crunchyroll in late 2018, said the platform has seen accelerating growth.
Karlene Lukovitz / MediaPost:
WarnerMedia says that 23% of HBO Max users are between 18 and 24 and that Friends is the most watched show on the streaming service  —  Although not providing any actual data, WarnerMedia yesterday released a few more statements about the performance of its two-month-old HBO Max streaming service …
Discussion: Multichannel News
Todd Spangler / Variety:
NHL partners with Twitter and Disney Streaming Services to offer live “look-ins” to some Stanley Cup qualifying and playoff games, showing four minutes per game  —  Hockey is returning to the ice — and Twitter is getting live “look-ins” for the NHL's Stanley Cup qualifying and playoff games.
Erik Hayden / Hollywood Reporter:
Talent agency CAA says it will lay off about 90 agents and execs and furlough about 275 assistants, of whose health plan premiums will still be paid in full  —  The Century City-based firm had been the last of the major talent agencies to undergo staff cuts.
Discussion: Deadline, @richlightshed and The Wrap
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
UTM codes show Sarah Palin's Facebook page promotes an obscure right-wing site and ForAmerica's page pushes The Washington Times; Facebook demoted Palin's page  —  Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican nominee for Vice President, is not the cultural icon she was a decade ago.
Adam B. Vary / Variety:
Tweets about Comic-Con@Home were down 95% vs 2019's San Diego Comic-Con and the lack of interaction with panelists made it a poor replacement for the live event  —  If a fan convention is held on the internet and no one's there to talk about it, does it make any noise?
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
WaPo names Krissah Thompson as its first managing editor for diversity and inclusion, a role created in the wake of the protests over racial inequality  —  The Washington Post has named Krissah Thompson, a veteran editor and reporter with nearly 20 years of experience at the organization …
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Susana Ferreira / Columbia Journalism Review:
How a global crisis can turn into a personal crisis for journalists who cover the death and trauma of the pandemic, through depression, PTSD, and moral injury
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Podcast editor Descript adds a $30/month pro tier with access to its Overdub feature, which essentially lets you use deepfake audio to fix your own mistakes
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Business journalism company Industry Dive acquires the content marketing arm of NewsCred to help it sell custom ads to an audience spanning 20 niche industries
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 Earlier Picks: 
Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
Times-Picayune treated David Duke “less as a politician than as a threat” during his 1991 run for governor, an approach that media can emulate in 2020
Parker Molloy / Media Matters for America:
A look at five years of journalists and commentators talking about imminent pivots by Trump, praising him for always-temporary changes in his tone
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
After pushback, Sinclair says it will not move forward with airing a segment featuring discredited researcher of the conspiracy theory-driven “Plandemic”
LMC Site:
Local Media Consortium to launch The Matchup, a collaborative online sports platform, with some beta markets launching this month and full coverage by Jan. 2021