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7:50 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 …
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.
Mark Stenberg / Adweek:
Jack Crosbie / Discourse Blog:
Insider may be a pandemic success story, but a transcript from an all-hands meeting and recent tweets show tone-deaf leadership by global EIC Nicholas Carlson  —  A lesson in how not to communicate with your staff.  —  There are very few “good” bosses in the digital media industry.
Saniya More / The Block:
An auction for an NFT based on a Forbes cover sold for $333,333; proceeds go to the Committee to Protect Journalists and International Women's Media Foundation  —  Major business magazine Forbes has sold a non-fungible token of its latest issue cover for $333,333 to a bidder who goes by “mondoir.”
Tony Rifilato / AdExchanger:
Twitter says it will integrate Nielsen Media Impact and Nielsen Ad Intel tools into its Twitter Amplify video ad platform  —  Twitter is expanding its relationship with Nielsen to boost its ability to plan and execute video strategies.  —  The company will integrate Nielsen Media Impact …
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Kayleigh Barber / Digiday:
Bustle Digital Group is launching an integrated shopping feature, allowing readers to buy products mentioned in an article without leaving the page
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
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
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
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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
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