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9:45 AM 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.
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.
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
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 …
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  —  On some recent business day, The New York Times sold an ad to a company.  I can't tell you the name of the company …
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Howard Stern signs a five-year deal with SiriusXM, which has also licensed his show's archive for seven years  —  The satellite radio firm has been the home of the “King of All Media” for 15 years.  —  Howard Stern, the “King of All Media, will continue to make satellite radio giant SiriusXM his home …
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  —  With 3.6 million subscribers, New Music Friday is hardly Spotify's most popular playlist (that would be Today's Top Hits, which tops 27 million).
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  —  The Desert Oracle, the former Wonkette owner's pocket-sized magazine, has proven a cult hit while refusing to establish an online presence
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Sources: Michael Pack is planning a purge at USAGM, pushing for the removal of agency officials whom he put on administrative leave, before Biden is sworn in  —  - President Donald Trump's federal media agency CEO is attempting one last purge before Joe Biden is sworn in as the next commander-in-chief.
Discussion: @schwartzbcnbc
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Jeff Jones / Knight Foundation:
Survey: 59% of Americans say media was responsible in reporting election results; 63%, including 17% of Republicans, believed media projections of Biden's win
David Smiley / Miami Herald:
Monica R. Richardson has been named the new executive editor of the Miami Herald, the first Black executive editor in its 117-year history