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8:50 PM ET, December 3, 2020

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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.
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Stephanie Sengwe / The Streamable:
HBO Max removes its free trial option ahead of the release of Wonder Woman 1984 on Dec. 25, mirroring a step Netflix and Disney+ have taken before big releases  —  It looks like there is a new trend emerging as HBO Max joins the list of streaming services doing away with the free trial option.
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.
Ted Johnson / Deadline:
ABC News layoffs began Thursday as part of broader Disney restructuring, with other cuts in Disney's Television Group in its General Entertainment Content unit  —  Layoffs were taking place on Thursday at ABC News as part of a restructuring and job cuts across The Walt Disney Co.
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Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
White House communications director Alyssa Farah has resigned; she plans to start a consulting firm focusing on the corporate, political, and defense realms  —  White House communications director Alyssa Farah resigned from her post Thursday after three-and-a-half years in the Trump administration.
Lara O'Reilly / Business Insider Australia:
A new look at Ben Thompson's Stratechery, a newsletter on tech and business, as journalists rush to Substack; one unofficial estimate put revenue at $3M+/year  —  - Founded in 2013, Ben Thompson's $US120-a-year Stratechery newsletter is beloved by tech executives and venture capitalists …
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
Interview with Jarrod Dicker, WaPo's VP for commercial technology, about its revenue platform Zeus, which has signed up 100+ websites in its first year  —  Since the global financial crisis, news publishers - many hit by crippling revenue declines - have made several failed attempts to pool …
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 …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Dan Le Batard, the ESPN radio talk-show host who openly challenged ESPN's policy to avoid political topics, is leaving the network after nearly a decade  —  Dan Le Batard, the popular and opinionated ESPN talk-show host, is walking away from the sports-media giant after working there in various capacities for nearly a decade.
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 …
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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
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
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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
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
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