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4:00 PM ET, August 12, 2020


 Top News: 
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Roger Simmons / Orlando Sentinel:
The Orlando Sentinel says it is leaving its downtown office building, which it has occupied since 1951, in October as staff continues to work remotely  —  The Orlando Sentinel announced Wednesday it will leave its downtown building, the newspaper's home since 1951.
Wall Street Journal:
Sumner Redstone, the mogul who transformed National Amusements into a media empire that included Viacom, Paramount Pictures, and CBS, has died at 97  —  Mr. Redstone built empire of TV, movies and radio that became focus of power struggle  —  Sumner Redstone, who turned his family's movie-theater company …
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
News Corp CEO Robert Thomson says it will continue its Apple News partnership because the arrangement helps introduce potential new subscribers to the WSJ  —  News Corp. will continue to allow tech giant Apple to disseminate its news articles through the Apple News platform because the arrangement …
Discussion: AppleInsider and 9to5Mac
The Information:
Sources: AT&T is in talks to sell Crunchyroll, its anime streaming service, to Sony, but its $1.5B asking price is a sticking point  —  AT&T is in discussions to sell WarnerMedia's Crunchyroll Japanese anime-streaming service to Sony, according to three people familiar with the situation.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Scribd buys SlideShare from LinkedIn for an undisclosed sum; SlideShare has a content library of 40M presentations and 100M monthly unique visitors  —  SlideShare has a new owner, with LinkedIn selling the presentation-sharing service to Scribd for an undisclosed price.
Sara Guaglione / MediaPost:
Bustle Digital Group names Kathy Lee editorial director of women's style site The Zoe Report  —  Bustle Digital Group has hired Kathy Lee as editorial director for women's style site The Zoe Report.  —  Lee was previously accessories director at Hearst's Fashion Group, where she styled content across brands.
Discussion: WWD and @kerrymflynn
Natasha Khan / Wall Street Journal:
Hong Kong media baron Jimmy Lai was released on bail on Wednesday morning, along with the other nine people who were arrested on Monday  —  Supporters of outspoken newspaper founder waved copies of his Apple Daily as he left police station  —  HONG KONG—Pro-democracy media baron Jimmy Lai …
Kali Hays / WWD:
Former Bloomberg News reporter files proposed class-action suit against the outlet for gender and race discrimination and names editorial leaders as defendants  —  A news reporter is suing over “diversity slots,” discrimination and pay inequity, among other systemic issues at Bloomberg News.
Nicole Sperling / New York Times:
The musical Diana will premiere on Netflix ahead of its opening on Broadway as New York theaters will remain closed until 2021  —  The show will be filmed in the empty Broadway theater where it had been playing in previews, and still plans to open in May 2021.
Russian embassy says journalist for Russian outlet Meduza, who was beaten and arrested by police while reporting from a protest in Belarus, has been released  —  Meduza special correspondent Maxim Solopov, who was beaten and arrested by riot police while reporting from a protest in Minsk on Sunday night …
Hollywood Reporter:
As part of WarnerMedia's layoffs, most of the staff of the streaming service DC Universe have been laid off, as well as top execs and editors of DC Comics  —  The majority of staff of the streaming service DC Universe has been laid off, as has editor-in-chief Bob Harras and multiple other executives on the publishing side.
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Patricia Nilsson / Financial Times:
After a six month break, Time Out plans to resume its print edition only in Madrid, Barcelona, and London and is unlikely to do so in the US or Portugal
Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian / Axios:
The Grayzone, founded by Max Blumenthal, has become a favorite of China's state media and government as it denies crimes against humanity affecting Uighurs
CuriosityStream, a streaming service for documentaries on science and history, has agreed to go public through a ~$330M merger with Software Acquisition Group
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