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12:50 PM ET, December 8, 2020


 Top News: 
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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 …
Jon Porter / The Verge:
YouTube expands HDR support to live streams; HDR lets videos show a wider range of colors and brightness  —  It has supported HDR for prerecorded content since 2016  —  Starting today, YouTube creators can live-stream their videos in high dynamic range (HDR), the company has announced.
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