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3:15 PM ET, September 22, 2020


 Top News: 
Brian Morrissey / @bmorrissey:
Brian Morrissey, president and editor-in-chief of Digiday, is stepping down at the end of the month and starting a newsletter on sustainable media  —  Some news: At the end of the month, I'm leaving Digiday after nearly a decade. I'm proud we built a global brand based on honesty with a sustainable business — and expanded into new areas with Glossy and Modern Retail. Digiday is a great company with great people.
Scott Feinberg / Hollywood Reporter:
HBO trounced Netflix at the Emmys, with 30 wins to 21, as Schitt's Creek won nine awards, likely due in part to a boost from earlier seasons arriving on Netflix  —  The Hollywood Reporter's awards columnist Scott Feinberg dissects the results.  —  It was an Emmys unlike any other on Sunday night …
Joe Otterson / Variety:
ViacomCBS-owned Paramount Network plans to rebrand as Paramount Movie Network next year and move out of long-form TV series to focus on made-for-TV movies  —  Paramount Network is shifting strategies — and changing names. … To that end, the network will be rebranded as the Paramount Movie Network.
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Newspapers owned by Lee Enterprises have laid off at least 35 journalists in the last two weeks  —  10 were laid off Monday at The Tulsa World, and more than 20 in the last two weeks at other newspapers  —  The Tulsa (Oklahoma) World laid off at least 10 journalists Monday, Poynter has learned.
Kayleigh Barber / Digiday:
Q&A with NYT's SVP of ad innovation Allison Murphy about the paper's plans to stop using third-party cookies, its contextual ad targeting strategy, and more  —  When The New York Times pivoted to prioritizing its subscriptions a few years ago, eventually growing to 6.5 million paid subscribers …
Hal Crawford / Nieman Lab:
Australian digital-only pubs say ACCC's proposed regulation will likely destroy media startups that rely on Facebook traffic, while benefiting traditional media  —  The Australian government's attempt to make Google and Facebook pay for news looks likely to destroy media startups caught …
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
ViacomCBS launches Noggin, its educational subscription service for preschoolers, on Prime Video Channels as an add-on in the UK, France, Germany, and Austria  —  The add-on offer on Amazon Prime Video Channels “is a key milestone for our streaming strategy in Europe,” said David Lynn …
Manori Ravindran / Variety:
UK's Film and TV Charity debuts new £2M COVID-19 Recovery Fund with an initial £1M from Amazon and a focus on protecting the industry's diverse talent pipeline  —  The U.K.'s Film and TV Charity is rolling out a new COVID-19 Recovery Fund that will distribute up to £2 million …
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter and Deadline
Patrick Brzeski / Hollywood Reporter:
The Eight Hundred, a Chinese war epic that has been in cinemas for a month, has grossed $426.5M to date, becoming this year's top-earning movie globally  —  On Monday, the Chinese war epic overtook Sony's ‘Bad Boys for Life’ to become the world's top-earning movie this year.
Discussion: Fox Business and Variety
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Elahe Izadi / Washington Post:
As a contracting media industry leaves few outlets with dedicated higher-ed reporters, student reporters are holding universities accountable amid the pandemic
Helen Stubbs / Knight Foundation:
Survey of 20K+ US adults: 80% agree that news media is under attack politically, 36% say the attacks are justified, including 61% of Republicans and 16% of Dems
Los Angeles Times:
More than 50 current and former staffers of LA Times describe how managerial missteps and ethical lapses contributed to anxiety and distrust in its newsroom
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Mel Grau / Poynter:
Poynter's International Fact-Checking Network launches FactChat, the first-ever coalition of major US fact-checkers to debunk misinfo in English and Spanish
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Quibi is exploring several strategic options including a possible sale, raising more money, or going public through a merger with a SPAC
Krystie Lee Yandoli / BuzzFeed News:
Ellen DeGeneres says she takes responsibility “for what happens at my show”, following reports of misconduct, in her first public statement on the allegations