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12:50 AM ET, September 8, 2020


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Dawn Chmielewski / Forbes:
Profile of Reed Hastings as Netflix thrives during the pandemic, adding ~1M subscribers/month in the US and Canada and another 2M/month globally since March  —  The man responsible for keeping the world entertained does so, at least this day, alone in front of a computer screen, in his son's largely unadorned childhood bedroom.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Interview with Reed Hastings, on the future of Hollywood, the US election and social media, his new book about Netflix's aggressive company culture, and more  —  Netflix started with sending DVDs — remember them? — through the mail, but now the streaming pioneer sits atop a Hollywood it has thoroughly upended.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Media must start preparing the public for the possible election-night uncertainty now and resist answering the question “who won?” until it is settled  —  I learned about the hazards of election night the hard way.  In late 2000, only a year into my job as the Buffalo News's top editor …
Tom Pritchard / Gizmodo UK:
Gizmodo UK's editor says it will cease operations on September 9 after Future Publishing decided to stop licensing the brand from G/O Media  —  Gizmodo UK began life towards the end of September in 2011, almost nine years ago now.  That was a time when smartphones were still novelties …
Kit Rees / Bloomberg:
Shares in Future are up 15% this year after 2019's 200% jump; Future says visitors to its sites, including Tom's Guide, in Aug. rose 25% YoY in UK and 40% in US
Discussion: interactive investor
Matthew Doran / ABC:
Two correspondents for Australia's ABC and Australian Financial Review rushed out of China on Monday after diplomatic standoff and police demands for interviews  —  The ABC and Australian Financial Review have rushed their China correspondents out of the country after police demanded interviews …
Hollywood Reporter:
Warner Bros. TV exec Susan Rovner to head entertainment programming at NBCUniversal, overseeing NBC, Peacock, and cable networks USA, Syfy, Bravo, Oxygen, E!  —  The Warner Bros. TV exec, who was considered the heir apparent to Peter Roth, will report directly to Mark Lazarus and be on equal footing …
Ben Smith / New York Times:
As Trump's attacks on journalists, supported by the GOP and Fox News, make reporters into stars, they face the temptation to posture for those eager to oust him  —  President Trump will try to put the media on the ballot, and reporters face the increasing temptation to posture for those most eager to oust him.
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
In a widely-watched North American opening weekend, Nolan's Tenet collected an estimated $20.2M; global tickets sales after two weeks have reached $129M  —  Normally, a Christopher Nolan film would bring in $50 million in North America during an opening weekend.  But moviegoing is not normal these days.
Tom Jackman / Washington Post:
Tribune Publishing, which announced the closure of Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis last month, barred staff from holding a farewell event at the building  —  In Annapolis, the roots of the Annapolis Capital and Maryland Gazette newspapers date to the Gazette's founding in 1727.
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Discovery to acquire the free-to-air TV business of New Zealand's largest independent commercial broadcaster MediaWorks and its streaming service ThreeNow  —  The deal, financial terms of which weren't disclosed, includes streaming service ThreeNow and will boost the company's holdings in the country to eight free-to-air channels.
Ernesto Van der Sar / TorrentFreak:
A historic drop in releases of pirated content has followed a US-led bust targeting SPARKS and other piracy communities, with dozens of topsites taken down  —  Every day, millions of people download or stream pirated content including movies, TV-shows, games, MP3s, and books.
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Vanessa Thorpe / The Guardian:
BBC broadcasters say they are furious over new rules restricting “partisan” use of Twitter, as freelancers wonder whether the rules apply to them
Jemima Kelly / Financial Times:
A Fox News-style UK channel won't have the same impact as in the US because there isn't the same rightwing media vacuum and the reach of the BBC is enormous
Serena Cho / Columbia Journalism Review:
College newsrooms are breaking from journalistic norms amid protests, with better support for staffers and communities of color and challenges to “objectivity”
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Edward Wong / New York Times:
China refused to renew press cards for Bloomberg, CNN, WSJ, and Getty, as sources say it hinted at expulsions if Trump takes action against Chinese media in US
Catie Keck / Gizmodo:
Report: WarnerMedia's plan for a cheaper ad-supported HBO Max tier is being complicated by cable distributor contracts and concerns about hurting the HBO brand