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6:00 PM ET, July 17, 2021


 Top News: 
Dave Gershgorn / The Verge:
The maker of a new documentary about Anthony Bourdain says he used AI to re-create Bourdain's voice and synthesized the audio of three quotes from the TV host  —  ‘We can have a documentary-ethics panel about it later’  —  In a new documentary, Roadrunner, about the life and tragic death …
The Daily Beast:
Sources: NYT's Karen Crouse has been suspended and won't cover the Olympics for NYT, after she wrote a story about Michael Phelps, with whom she has a book deal  —  After her ethical conflict was revealed, Crouse was yanked off the paper's Olympic coverage team and taken off the swimming beat, multiple sources told The Daily Beast.
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Automattic, owner of Tumblr, buys podcast app Pocket Casts from a public radio collective that includes NPR, which reportedly lost $800K on it last year  —  A new home for the popular podcast app  —  Pocket Casts has a new owner.  Automattic, which runs and recently purchased Tumblr …
Jill Goldsmith / Deadline:
Lionsgate acquires a 20% stake in Spyglass Media and the vast majority of its ~200 feature film titles, another sign of content's increasing value  —  Lionsgate has acquired the vast majority of the Spyglass Media Group's feature film library of approximately 200 titles and formed …
Sources: ByteDance's news aggregator Jinri Toutiao has been blocking new user and content creator registrations since Sept. at the behest of Chinese regulators  —  BEIJING (Reuters) - TikTok owner ByteDance has been blocking new user and content creator registrations for its Chinese news …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Courts generally bar journalists from using recording devices in trials; ending the ban would let reporters add color to stories and sometimes improve accuracy  —  In his job as a staff writer for the Richmond County (N.C.) Daily Journal, Matthew Sasser is used to reading about the alleged misdeeds of other people, not about himself.
Reuters photojournalist Danish Siddiqui has been killed in Afghanistan; Afghan official says he was caught in the crossfire of a clash he was covering  —  Reuters journalist Danish Siddiqui was killed on Friday while covering a clash between Afghan security forces and Taliban fighters near …
The Daily Beast:
Pro-Trump cable network OANN plans to launch a Spanish-language sister network later this fall  —  “We think they need it,” OAN founder Robert Herring said of Latino viewers he believes want a MAGA propaganda outlet geared towards them. … Pro-Trump right-wing cable outlet One America News …
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Barb: GB News had zero viewers during some broadcasts this week, after a boycott prompted by a presenter taking the knee in solidarity with England soccer team  —  Channel label Guto Harri's on-air gesture in solidarity against racist abuse suffered by the England team ‘unacceptable’
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Sources: Guto Harri, the GB News presenter who took a knee, has been indefinitely taken off air, and the director of programming, John McAndrew, has quit
Wendy Lee / Los Angeles Times:
How movie studios are using Cameo, Twitter Spaces, and TikTok to create personalized ads and experiences to attract audiences  —  Enrique García wasn't planning to see Universal Pictures' “F9: The Fast Saga” at a theater.  After the COVID-19 pandemic put the kibosh on large gatherings …
Beatrice Verhoeven / The Wrap:
HFPA approves draft bylaws that forbid acceptance of promotional materials or gifts from studios, publicists, actors, and others; a final vote is in August  —  Members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association will no longer be allowed to accept gifts or other promotional items.
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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
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