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1:35 PM ET, December 8, 2020

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Kim Masters / Hollywood Reporter:
WarnerMedia's decision to debut 2021 films on HBO Max had blindsided creatives and their reps; sources: Warner Bros. COO Carolyn Blackwood came up with the plan  —  To many insiders, WarnerMedia's blindsiding of talent and their reps with a reveal that it's sending 17 films directly to HBO Max in 2021 felt like an insult.
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Dade Hayes / Deadline:
AT&T CEO says HBO Max now has 12.6M subscribers in the US, up from 8.6M at the end of Q3; ~30% of HBO subscribers have exercised their right to access HBO Max  —  HBO Max, which closed the third quarter at 8.6 million activated subscribers in the U.S., has added another four million …
Variety:
Sources: Legendary, which co-financed Dune, is considering suing Warner Bros. over its decision to release movies simultaneously on HBO Max and in cinemas
Jason Lynch / Adweek:
Nielsen introduces Nielsen One, a video analytics tool that will measure total video consumption across linear and digital platforms, to debut in Q4 2022  —  But the new solution, Nielsen One, won't be ready until late 2022  —  Farewell, Total Audience Measurement.  Hello, Nielsen One.
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Wall Street Journal:
MSNBC names SVP of News Rashida Jones as its next president, the first Black executive to run a major cable news network; Phil Griffin will leave in January  —  Mr. Griffin, who has been with the cable news network for 25 years, will leave after the end of January
Sam Kille / Report for America:
Report for America expands to 200+ newsrooms that will host 300+ journalists next year; 33%+ of beats cover communities of color, 50% of outlets are nonprofits  —  Report for America unveils more than sixty new newsroom partners—including a doubling of Black and Hispanic owned media—and opens the application window for new reporters
Brian Braiker / Brooklyn Magazine:
Brooklyn Magazine relaunches under EIC Brian Braiker, former Ad Age EIC; Braiker and a partner bought the outlet and The L Magazine from Northside Media Group  —  So you think New York is dead?  We here in Brooklyn see things differently.  —  Today we are introducing a new Brooklyn Magazine …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Q&A with Substack CEO Chris Best on why it is not a media company, content moderation, making a reader app for users to easily read their newsletters, and more  —  On today's episode of Decoder, I'm talking to Chris Best, co-founder and CEO of Substack, the subscription newsletter startup that's taken …
Adweek:
Adweek promotes Lisa Granatstein to chief content officer, overseeing editorial and events, and Stephanie Pateric to editor-in-chief  —  A mobile-first editorial strategy that homes in on newsletters, membership, specialization  —  As digital media companies look toward growth opportunities in 2021 …
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Aides say Biden's media diet includes the Atlantic, NYT, WaPo, WSJ, Philly Inquirer, Delaware News-Journal; he watches some MSNBC and Fox News, uses Apple News  —  With help from Renuka Rayasam and Myah Ward  —  HOW THE PRESIDENT-ELECT GETS HIS NEWS — In the Biden administration …
 
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Jon Porter / The Verge:
YouTube expands HDR support to live streams; HDR lets videos show a wider range of colors and brightness
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Howard Stern signs a five-year deal with SiriusXM, which has also licensed his show's archive for seven years
Jem Aswad / Variety:
How Spotify's New Music Friday playlist, entirely curated by human editors and with 3.6M subscribers, has become an important part of launching new songs
Dominic Rushe / The Guardian:
Profile of former Wonkette owner Ken Layne, who refuses to establish an online presence for his pocket-sized mag, The Desert Oracle, which has become a cult hit
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Washington Post:
An investigation into the 2012 killing of Mexican reporter Regina Martínez, one of the 27+ journalists killed in the country's Veracruz region since 2003
Ellen Peirson-Hagger / New Statesman:
Bookshop.org, considered an “ethical” alternative to Amazon, faces increasing skepticism from independent booksellers who say they earn more via direct sales
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
After Google's announcement in May that it would start blocking “heavy” ads in Chrome, it is now blocking some ads that publishers sell if they hog resources