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12:00 PM ET, November 19, 2020


 Top News: 
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
Wonder Woman 1984, originally to be released in June, will simultaneously be released on Dec. 25 in US theaters and on HBO Max, with no added fee on HBO Max  —  One of 2020's last big movies will also be streamed  —  One of 2020's last big blockbusters, Wonder Woman 1984 …
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Linda Pizzuti Henry named CEO of Boston Globe Media Partners, the parent company of The Boston Globe, STAT News, and that she owns with her husband  —  She takes the reins at a time of rising tensions between management and the paper's union.  —  Linda Pizzuti Henry on Wednesday became …
Eben Novy-Williams /
Bally's acquires naming rights to 21 Sinclair's regional sports networks in a ten-year deal that will integrate Bally's content into Sinclair's 190 TV stations  —  Bally's Corp. has acquired naming rights to 21 of the regional sports networks purchased last year by Sinclair Broadcast Group …
Nate Rogers / Stereogum:
How a Spotify change in user preferences, setting autoplay to “on” by default, may have helped obscure songs become fan favorites, with algorithmic help  —  SOUNDING BOARD  —  A couple years ago, Stephen Malkmus walked into a shop and didn't recognize himself.
Jill Goldsmith / Deadline:
Source: ViacomCBS has cut around 100 jobs in latest round of layoffs as part of a streamlining and cost-cutting push due to the merger  —  ViacomCBS has been hit with another round of job cuts as layoffs and restructuring continue across big media and entertainment companies.
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
AMC Networks announces it is laying off nearly 100 people, affecting 10% of US staffers, in a restructuring to streamline linear TV operations with streaming  —  EXCLUSIVE: AMC Networks is letting go 10% of its U.S. workforce, eliminating nearly 100 positions in a reorganization designed …
Discussion: The Wrap and Variety
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Apple lowering its subscription revenue cut for those making under $1M/year in App Store will boost some news publishers' revenue; more details coming in Dec.  —  Instead of taking 30% of new subscribers' payments, it'll take 15%.  The money's welcome, but it's also a reminder …
Veronica Villafañe / Forbes:
Following bankruptcy, Fuse Media has been acquired by a Latino-led management group that includes Fuse Media CEO Miguel Ruggero  —  A Latino-led management group, headed by Fuse Media CEO Miguel “Mike” Roggero, has acquired a majority, controlling interest in the media company that started 16 years ago …
Jay Peters / The Verge:
T-Mobile to shut down TVision Home, its $90/month IPTV cable service, on December 30, as it debuts a new live TV streaming service called TVision on November 1  —  TVision Home won't work after December 30th at 3AM ET  —  T-Mobile is shutting down TVision Home, its IPTV cable service …
Discussion: Digital TV Europe
Ben Mullin / @benmullin:
Vox Media will pay all employees, including temporary ones, a $1,000 end-of-year gift and restore merit and promotion increase budgets in 2021  —  News: Vox Media employees are getting a $1,000 end-of-year gift:
Discussion: @rebekahentralgo and @karenyhan
Nikki Usher / Medium:
Right-wing news appears legitimate to partisans because it looks and feels like journalism with appeals to expertise and slick, professional news production  —  Republican media is peddling lies with reason and professionalism — and GOP partisans are never coming back to mainstream news
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Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
UK Music, which represents the commercial music industry, says the sector's economic contribution could halve in 2020 due to events shutdowns
Max Willens / Digiday:
Verizon Media Group, which includes Yahoo, HuffPost, TechCrunch, and Engadget, says its commerce revenues are up more than 250% YoY through November
 Earlier Picks: 
Emily Atkin / HEATED:
Last week, Washington Post ran 1,421-words of climate denialism as a full-page ad, which the author says cost $25K
Todd Spangler / Variety:
YouTube rolls out ads on some videos from channels outside its revenue sharing program; updated TOS says such channels might not receive a cut of the revenue
Media coverage of COVID-19 hasn't fallen despite a drop in reader interest, which sociologists ascribe to the coverage becoming too redundant and often alarmist