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4:10 PM ET, December 3, 2020


 Top News: 
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
Warner Bros. says it will release every single movie in 2021 simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max in the US and stream them for one month  —  For a period of one month in the United States  —  WarnerMedia is pushing even more aggressively into streaming by releasing every single movie in 2021 simultaneously on HBO Max.
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Nicholas Thompson, editor in chief of Condé Nast's Wired magazine, has been hired as the new CEO of The Atlantic, starting in February  —  Nicholas Thompson is leaving Condé Nast for the top business job at the venerable publication owned by Laurene Powell Jobs's Emerson Collective.
Clare Jim / Reuters:
HK activist Jimmy Lai has been charged with fraud over the lease of the building that houses his Apple Daily paper; its daily operations shouldn't be impacted  —  HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong media tycoon and pro-democracy activist Jimmy Lai was denied bail on Thursday on a charge …
Kayla Gogarty / Media Matters for America:
Daily interactions with right-leaning pages on Facebook fell only 6% in the 20 days post-election vs. 20 days before despite reports of an adjusted algorithm  —  After the election, the platform had reportedly decided to elevate established news outlets and reduce visibility of right and left-leaning pages.
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Watchdog finds “substantial likelihood of wrongdoing” at VOA parent agency under Michael Pack; sources say they fear Pack will do more damage before he departs  —  The U.S. Office of Special Counsel, a federal watchdog, disclosed Wednesday that it had found “a substantial likelihood …
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
YouTube will warn users before they post comments that “may be offensive to others” and adds better content filter systems for creators  —  An attempt to weed out offensive comments  —  YouTube is trying to combat offensive comments that appear under videos by following …
Dave McNary / Variety:
Updated Top Critic criteria on Rotten Tomatoes emphasize individual qualifications instead of outlets and include those working in other media like podcasts  —  Rotten Tomatoes has launched a new Top Critics program for its Tomatometer rating system, including new criteria aimed at boosting inclusion …
Discussion: The Wrap, IndieWire and Rotten Tomatoes
Todd Spangler / Variety:
BuzzFeed names Janet Rollé, general manager of Beyoncé's Parkwood Entertainment, to its board, and Andreessen Horowitz's Chris Dixon steps down as a director  —  Janet Rollé, general manager of Beyoncé's Parkwood Entertainment, is joining BuzzFeed's board of directors …
US pay-TV subscribers will soon start receiving refunds and credits from providers, compensating them for the year's pandemic-related sports cancellations  —  - Customers are to get back the value of games that never aired  — Credits and ‘courtesy adjustments’ will show up on bills soon
Discussion: @kevinwhitelaw1
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Lindsey Ellefson / The Wrap:
Sources: JD Heyman was ousted as EIC of EW after multiple senior staffers filed complaints to HR accusing him of inappropriate, racially insensitive comments
Abhrajyoti Chakraborty / New York Times:
Profile of Anand Patwardhan, a leading documentarian in India, who says he is now forced to hold screenings in secret due to threats from Hindu nationalists
Steve Pond / The Wrap:
Sundance Film Festival replaces its Park City, Utah, event with a virtual festival that will take place from Jan. 28-Feb. 3 on a custom-designed online platform
Elahe Izadi / Washington Post:
Trump lawyer Joseph diGenova, who suggested an ex-government official be executed, resigns under pressure from The Gridiron Club, a Washington media social club
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Berber Jin / Business Insider:
Ex-Pando journalist Paul Carr is starting a news site, Techworker; contributors include Google Walkout organizer Claire Stapleton, Pando founder Sarah Lacy
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Amazon is in exclusive talks to buy Wondery, in a deal valuing the podcast network at $300M+; Wondery's on track to increase revenue to $40M+ this year
Michelle Gao / CNBC:
Discovery to launch its streaming service, Discovery+, in Jan. 2021, with a $4.99 per month ad-supported tier and a $6.99 per month ad-free tier
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
TikTok appears to be experimenting with allowing three-minute videos, up from its current 60-second limit