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4:55 PM ET, November 20, 2020

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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Sources: Ezra Klein, co-founder and editor-at-large of Vox.com, and Lauren Williams, editor-in-chief and senior vice president, are leaving the company  —  Ezra Klein, co-founder and editor-at-large of Vox.com, the political news website owned by Vox Media, and Lauren Williams …
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The New York Times Company:
Ezra Klein is joining NYT Opinion in January as a columnist and podcast host  —  Ezra, in his columns and on his podcast, will be able to help our readers and listeners navigate the political future as Washington moves into a new era.  Read more in this note from Kathleen Kingsbury and Paula Szuchman.
New York Post:
Sources: DOJ is investigating Penske Media's deal to acquire 80% of The Hollywood Reporter's parent, MRC; Penske also owns Variety, Deadline, and other outlets  —  The Department of Justice is investigating antitrust concerns surrounding Penske Media's deal to buy The Hollywood Reporter, The Post has learned.
Mike Fleming Jr / Deadline:
Sources: Disney weighs plans to release three films on Disney+ instead of as theatrical releases, following news that Wonder Woman 1984 will stream on HBO Max  —  EXCLUSIVE: No final decision has been made, but Deadline hears that the uncertainty of the future theatrical marketplace …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Memo by Fox Corp.'s Lachlan Murdoch: office reopenings are pushed back to no earlier than April 2021; Fox to pay employee health insurance premiums through 2021  —  Employees at Fox Corporation had been told to get ready for a return to their offices as soon as January.  Now they will wait until at least April.
Discussion: Washington Post, TVNewser and Deadline
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Source: Jeff Zucker is expected to leave CNN in the first quarter of 2021, though “a final decision has not been made”  —  The CNN boss is expected to depart early next year, after his former Apprentice star—we think—leaves the White House.  There's been friction …
Mark Jacob / Local News Initiative:
National digital networks are entering local media markets, including Open Campus, which helps fund higher ed reporters and has seven partners in six states  —  Axios, ProPublica, The Athletic and Chalkbeat Take Different Approaches to Going Local  —  National digital news organizations …
Ashley King / Digital Music News:
With Twitch enforcing DMCA takedowns, CD Projekt Red is releasing its Cyberpunk 2077 game with a “streamer-friendly” mode that disables copyrighted music  —  The games industry is tackling DMCA takedowns on streaming platforms with a new ‘streamer-friendly mode.’
Michael Paulson / New York Times:
Stage actors' union has settled a dispute with SAG-AFTRA and will represent performers, as theaters have pivoted to streaming play productions  —  Actors' Equity and SAG-AFTRA's agreement clears the way for more entertainment during the pandemic winter.  —  Two major entertainment industry unions …
BBC:
YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter say they will join forces with fact-checkers, governments, and researchers to tackle COVID-19 vaccine conspiracies from January  —  Three of the largest social networks have said they will join forces with fact-checkers, governments and researchers to try to come …
 
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Mathieu Rosemain / Reuters:
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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.