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12:25 AM ET, December 12, 2020


 Top News: 
Denis Villeneuve / Variety:
Dune director Denis Villeneuve says AT&T decided to sacrifice Warner Bros' 2021 slate “in a desperate attempt to grab audience attention” for HBO Max  —  I learned in the news that Warner Bros. has decided to release “Dune” on HBO Max at the same time as our theatrical release …
Kara Swisher / New York Times:
Interview with Jason Kilar on the decision to release 2021 movies on HBO Max: “If we...focus on the customer, we're going to be sitting on a very big future”  —  Depending on who you ask, Jason Kilar is either the most hated or most beloved man in Hollywood right now.
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
As of December 2, Disney had 137.1M DTC subscribers, comprising 86.8M for Disney+, 38.8M for Hulu, and 11.5M for ESPN+
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
Disney will raise the cost of Disney+ to $7.99 per month, up from $6.99, starting March 2021 in the US, as the company heavily invests in content offerings
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
Disney unveils Star, its answer to Hulu for international Disney+ subscribers, rolling out in some EU countries, Canada, and New Zealand on Feb. 23
Chinese authorities detained Bloomberg News staff member Haze Fan, a Chinese citizen, on Monday on suspicion of endangering national security  —  Chinese authorities have detained Haze Fan, who works for the Bloomberg News bureau in Beijing, on suspicion of endangering national security.
New York Times:
Jimmy Lai, owner of Hong Kong newspaper Apple Daily, has been charged under the national security law for allegedly colluding with foreign forces  —  Mr. Lai's case was followed hours later by a disclosure that the authorities in China had detained a Chinese citizen working for Bloomberg News.
Sarah Ellison / Washington Post:
Political journalists question the value of reporting anonymous concerns by Republicans who publicly support Trump as he tries to overturn the election  —  During his decades on the congressional beat, John Bresnahan has spent countless hours listening to the private concerns of his congressional sources.
Lyz / Men Yell at Me:
Q&A with former reporter Allison Hantschel on how newspapers damaged themselves, inspired by a tweet lamenting that people pay for Netflix but not journalism  —  “Never ascribe to malice what stupidity will adequately explain.”  —  3 hr ago  —  For a decade, Allison Hantschel worked at small newspapers in the Midwest.
Kayleigh Barber / Digiday:
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
PwC: 2020 deal activity in media and telecoms was relatively stable despite the pandemic, with 612 deals, down 4% from 2019, and a combined value of $99B, up 8%  —  “COVID-19 forced companies to be more introspective and reconsider their core strategies,” says PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Mehul Srivastava / Financial Times:
Al Jazeera's Ghada Oueiss sues Saudi prince, UAE leader, and others, alleging her phone was hacked and photos leaked to stifle her reporting on Saudi Arabia  —  Ghada Oueiss alleges she was targeted in attempt to silence her and other critics of Saudi government
Washington Post:
Three NC newspapers have filed a petition with the NC Court of Appeals seeking to open a district court to media after a judge blocked them from a hearing  —  The judge has given no reason for the order in a county wracked by racial justice protests.  That's causing concern for transparency advocates.
Debbie Weinstein / The Keyword:
Google says it will let users limit the alcohol and gambling ads they see, starting with YouTube in the US  —  Building tools that provide transparency and control has always been a top priority for us, and over the years, we've empowered people to shape their ads experience through user controls.
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Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Adam Rubenstein, the NYT editorial assistant who edited Sen. Tom Cotton's infamous “Send in the Troops” column, has resigned from the newspaper
Jill Goldsmith / Deadline:
In an SEC filing, AMC Entertainment says it has raised $100M ; as of November 30, AMC had more than $400M in rent obligations deferred to 2021
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Gannett is outsourcing 485 business process jobs like payments, invoicing, and accounting to Hyderabad, India, early next year
 Earlier Picks: 
Center for Community Media:
NYC city agencies placed $9.9M in advertising in 220+ community media outlets this year, amounting to ~84% of their total print and digital ad buys
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
The Correspondent, De Correspondent's English-language site, is shutting down at the end of the year