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4:35 PM ET, April 8, 2021

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Nicole Sperling / New York Times:
Sony Pictures Entertainment signs four-year deal with Netflix to grant exclusive US rights to its films once out of theaters and make 2-3 films/year for Netflix  —  In another sign of Netflix's growing dominance, Sony Pictures Entertainment has signed a four-year deal that will give …
Alex Weprin / Hollywood Reporter:
Sean Combs, Byron Allen, and others call on companies to spend more ad money on Black-owned media after GM said it would increase spending from 2% to 8% by 2025  —  The mogul was responding to a pledge from GM to spend more of its ad budget on Black-owned media: “No longer can Corporate America manipulate …
Peter Kafka / Vox:
Jason Kilar confirms that next year, Warner Brothers' biggest movies will debut in theaters and then make their way to HBO Max  —  A chat with Jason Kilar, who wants to unwind his controversial streaming plan.  —  A few months ago, WarnerMedia upended Hollywood by streaming all of its new movies …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook's NPE team launches Hotline, a web-based app to let creators stream and record live video or audio Q&As, in public beta  —  Facebook's internal R&D group, NPE Team, has today launched its latest experiment, Hotline, into public beta testing.  The web-based application …
Mark Stenberg / Adweek:
Tom Jones / Poynter:
A 60 Minutes report suggested that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis ran a “pay for play” scheme involving vaccinations without providing info, context, or evidence  —  The investigative journalism show is highly respected, but not infallible.  A sloppy moment on Sunday's show is raising serious concerns.
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Fox News hires former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as a paid contributor  —  The frequency of appearances on Fox News by Mike Pompeo is about to increase, and the former Secretary of State under the Trump Administration will now get paid.  —  Fox News Media just announced via press release …
Haggai Matar / +972 Magazine:
In Israel, media must submit stories on security and foreign relations to a censor; in 2020, an average of 4 articles/day were banned or redacted, a 10-year low  —  According to official figures, 2020 saw Israel's military censor barring full publication of 116 articles and partially redacting another 1,403 stories.
Gareth Cross / Belfast Telegraph:
Belfast Telegraph EIC says abuse is “the reality for many journalists” in N. Ireland after the paper's photographer was attacked on the job  —  First Minister Arlene Foster has led condemnation after a Belfast Telegraph photographer was attacked yesterday.
Alexandra Bruell / Wall Street Journal:
Publicis Groupe signs on to Trade Desk's cookie alternative, Unified ID; the deal also creates a self-service ad market for Publicis's Epsilon marketing unit  —  The companies are teaming up to create a self-service ad platform for Publicis's Epsilon unit  —  Advertising conglomerate …
 
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Nathan Solis / Courthouse News Service:
LA Superior Court judge threw out Katie Hill's suit against the Daily Mail for its publication of nude and graphic photos of her; her lawyer says they'll appeal
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Sources: some TV networks believe Nielsen ratings could be as much as 10% below actual viewership for many shows and streaming activity, due to pandemic issues
Bloomberg:
Sources: Twitter discussed acquiring Clubhouse for around $4B but the talks fell apart; Clubhouse is now looking to raise funding at a $4B valuation
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Twitter says it won't let the US National Archives make @realDonaldTrump's old tweets available publicly via Twitter's platform, citing his permanent suspension
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Los Angeles Times:
Internal email: CBS has ousted Peter Dunn, president of the TV Stations group, and David Friend, SVP of news, after allegations of racist and abusive behavior
Lindsey Ellefson / The Wrap:
Teen Vogue names Danielle Kwateng as its new executive editor, in its first tweet since McCammond's exit last month
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Pew: YouTube usage grew from 73% of US adults in 2019 to 81% in 2021, with 95% of 18- to 29-year-olds using the service; 21% use TikTok