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9:50 AM ET, October 13, 2020


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Sarah Whitten / CNBC:
Disney announces a major reorg, says its “primary focus” for entertainment will be streaming, as the pandemic has dramatically impacted its theatrical business  —  - Disney is restructuring its media and entertainment divisions.  — In order to further accelerate it's direct …
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
As part of restructuring, Disney forms content groups for major film franchises, general entertainment, and sports, as well as a centralized distribution arm
Kathryn Hopkins / WWD:
New York relaunches Curbed, the last Vox property to move to the magazine, where it will feature regularly in print, be placed under a paywall, and focus on NY  —  Real estate site Curbed has officially relaunched as a New York Magazine vertical.  —  When Vox Media acquired New York Media …
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
The NYT, WSJ, WaPo, and other major outlets are refusing to send reporters to travel with Trump this week amid lack of assurance of COVID-19 safety protocols  —  Newspapers and networks are wary of exposing their staff members to the president and his aides, saying they do not have assurance …
Emma Goldberg / New York Times:
Profile of The Babylon Bee, a conservative answer to The Onion, which initially mocked Trump but now finds itself with an “insatiable desire to own the libs”  —  The comedy site, a conservative answer to ‘The Onion,’ used to have Trump squarely in its cross hairs.
Jim Roberts / The 74:
Former Cheddar EIC Jim Roberts has joined The 74, a nonprofit news site covering education in the US, as its new publisher and chief strategy officer  —  Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, the United States has measured its impact in terms of the many thousands lives lost …
Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:
Right-wing YouTuber Steven Crowder has made a comeback after demonetization last summer, gaining nearly 1M subs, showing the unevenness of YouTube's enforcement  —  A year in YouTube's penalty box worked out well for Steven Crowder.  —  Crowder—one of the most popular conservative voices …
Frank Pallotta / CNN:
AMC Theatres says existing cash resources would be “largely depleted” by the end of 2020 or early 2021 due to reduced movie slate and attendance, down 85% YoY  —  New York (CNN Business)Illustrating how dire the situation is for the movie theater industry, the world's largest theater chain …
Discussion: The Wrap and Variety
Charlie Nash / Mediaite:
NYT Guild apologized on Sunday after denouncing an NYT column from Bret Stephens that said “the 1619 Project has failed”  —  The New York Times Guild apologized on Sunday after denouncing an article from New York Times columnist Bret Stephens.  —  On Friday, Stephen's criticized …
Maria Arias / Axios:
WH Chief of Staff Mark Meadows refused to speak to reporters outside Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation hearing after they requested that he keep his face mask on  —  White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows refused to speak to reporters outside Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation hearing on Monday …
Ginny Marvin / Search Engine Land:
Google adds YouTube to its Google Ads attribution reporting and expands its data-driven attribution model to more advertisers  —  Google has added YouTube in its Google Ads attribution reporting and is making its data-driven attribution model available to more advertisers.
Discussion: The Keyword and MediaPost
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