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3:25 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 …
Tom Balmforth / Reuters:
Russian court fines RFE/RL $70K for failing to label itself as a foreign agent, part of what RFE/RL calls a campaign to oust it; it's been fined $1M this year  —  MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian court fined Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty $70,000 on Wednesday for flouting its foreign agent legislation …
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.
James Vincent / The Verge:
Facebook says it is adding contextual labels to posts by Pages like “satire page” and “public official” to reduce confusion about their origin  —  Facebook is adding labels to satire pages in the News Feed  —  Facebook is adding additional labels to posts from Pages …
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 …
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.
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  —  Katie Hill was part of the 2018 “blue wave” that unseated an incumbent congressman, but claimed she became the victim of revenge porn …
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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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
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
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Lindsey Ellefson / The Wrap:
Teen Vogue names Danielle Kwateng as its new executive editor, in its first tweet since McCammond's exit last month
Lindsey Ellefson / The Wrap:
Outgoing CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin criticizes the network for its gender pay disparity, saying the highest-paid anchors are men but “it's getting better”
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