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9:01 AM ET, December 4, 2020


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Peter Kafka / Vox:
Q&A with WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar on the logic behind simultaneous release of movies to HBO Max and theaters, economic fallout for talent, and Roku progress  —  You can see all of Warner Bros.' movies on HBO Max next year — on the same day they come to theaters.
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.
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.
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
Betsy Wade, the first woman to edit news copy for the NYT and the lead plaintiff in a landmark sex discrimination lawsuit against the newspaper, has died at 91  —  In a 45-year Times career, she also became the first woman to lead the Newspaper Guild of New York and fought a sex discrimination case against the paper.
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.
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
~100 Meredith staff working for Entertainment Weekly, Martha Stewart Living, Shape, and PeopleTV have announced their intention to form a joint editorial union  —  The move among at least 100 staffers at the Iowa-based publishing giant is partially seen as a bulwark against Meredith's pandemic-related cuts.
Discussion: @jackdickey, @esile1 and @maxwelltani
Matt Negrin / Washington Post:
TV news networks, which have been slow to adapt to an era filled with bad faith, should use a litmus test for Republican guests: ask them whether Joe Biden won  —  Time for a rapid test for the voter fraud delusion  —  Almost a month has passed since Joe Biden won the election …
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.
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter
Brooks DuBose / Capital Gazette:
Congress passes the Fallen Journalists Memorial Act, authorizing planning and fundraising for a Washington memorial to honor those who died reporting the news  —  An effort to honor slain journalists with a national memorial took a significant step forward Wednesday as Congress passed …
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 …
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