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12:05 PM 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.
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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
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Gannett names Mayur Gupta to the newly created position of chief marketing and strategy officer as the newspaper chain focuses on attracting digital subscribers  —  Covid-19 crisis hurts advertising revenue, as challenges grow for company's local markets  —  Gannett Co. has named Mayur Gupta …
Discussion: The Media Nut
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 …
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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
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.
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 …
Sean Burch / The Wrap:
Disney faces criticism for thanking a Chinese bureau tied to Uyghur concentration camps and four other Chinese propaganda departments in the credits for Mulan  —  Disney's “Mulan” remake is facing scrutiny after its credits thanked the Turpan Municipal Bureau of Public Security …
Daniel Roberts / Yahoo News:
Sensor Tower: Disney+ downloads from Sept. 4 to Sept. 6 rose 68% compared to the week before and in-app spending rose 193% as customers paid the $30 Mulan fee  —  Disney made a controversial decision when, after  —  twice delaying the theatrical release of its live-action “Mulan,” it
Damien Spry / The Conversation:
ACCC's proposal that Google and Facebook pay for news won't work because it misunderstands digital advertising, where content is secondary to audience targeting  —  Google and Facebook have threatened to limit or remove news services for Australian users, in response to the Australian Competition …
Discussion: The Guardian, Digiday and MediaNama
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.
Joshua Yaffa / New Yorker:
Compared to the likes of Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, and Donald Trump, the perceived menace of disinfo from Russian trolls far surpasses its actual reach  —  The spectre of foreign manipulation looms over the coming election.  But in focussing on the ­tactics of the aggressors we overlook our weaknesses as victims.
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
UK's JPI Media is creating ~24 new jobs for its new central digital content team and cutting 20-30 editorial jobs as its focus shifts to online readership  —  JPI Media has told staff it is reopening itself to bidders after coming through lockdown in a “strong place” on the same day it revealed plans to cut up to 30 jobs.
 
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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
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
 Earlier Picks: 
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
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