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7:45 PM ET, July 20, 2021

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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Substack is funding the launch of podcast network Booksmart, which will start with five podcasts; subscribers will get extra content for $7/month or $70/year  —  Substack is funding the launch of a new podcast network called Booksmart Studios, executives tell Axios.
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Netflix says its expansion into gaming will start with mobile games, which will be included with a subscription at no additional cost  —  Games will be included at no added cost with a Netflix subscription  —  Netflix revealed that its initial efforts in gaming will be focused on mobile games …
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Jessica Bursztynsky / CNBC:
Netflix reports Q2 revenue of $7.34B vs. $7.32B est., up 19% YoY, global paid net additions of 1.54M vs. 1.19M expected; US and Canada region lost 433K subs QoQ
Todd Spangler / Variety:
WarnerMedia is letting Snapchat users in the US watch pilot episodes of some HBO Max original series, like Gossip Girl and Euphoria, for free  —  In a new sampling strategy to boost HBO Max signups, WarnerMedia is letting Snapchat users in the U.S. watch select pilots of the streaming service's …
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Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Internal email shows Fox Corp. has implemented its own version of a vaccine passport, allowing staff to self-report the dates their shots were administered
Erich Schwartzel / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Apple wants to lease a large campus in LA for film and TV production as competition for soundstages heats up  —  The producer of ‘Ted Lasso’ and ‘The Morning Show’ wants to expand its presence in the competitive streaming landscape  —  Apple Inc. told real-estate developers it wants …
The Guardian:
A proposed UK secrecy law would increase prison sentences for leakers of state secrets, remove the public interest defense, and possibly put journalists in jail  —  Home Office plans would remove the public interest defence for whistleblowing, and could put reporters in jail  —  ere we go again.
Amanda Silberling / TechCrunch:
YouTube debuts Super Thanks, which lets users tip creators for individual uploaded videos rather than livestreams and have their message highlighted in comments  —  YouTube announced its latest feature, Super Thanks, on Tuesday.  This is YouTube's fourth Paid Digital Good …
Hollywood Reporter:
ESPN's Patricia Mays is named executive editor of news at The Hollywood Reporter, where she will oversee digital strategy  —  Mays, who oversaw the national coverage team for ‘SportsCenter’ as well as other TV studio shows, live events and digital while at ESPN, has been named to a top editor role at THR.
 
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Lindsey Ellefson / The Wrap:
CNN plans to hire 450 people for the launch of CNN+ for editorial, product, technology, design, analytics, and design roles
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Univision announces executive changes: Luis Silberwasser will oversee entertainment, news, and sports, and Leopoldo Gomez will be head of the news division
Tim Peterson / Digiday:
NBC News says Stay Tuned, its daily news show on Snapchat, has 10.5M subs, and its twice-daily episodes get ~1M unique viewers, with 50% watching 3 shows a week
 Earlier Picks: 
Joe Otterson / Variety:
TV writers say the development backlog created by the pandemic remains a challenge even with production back up, as buyers have little appetite for new projects
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
In her new book, journalist Julie K. Brown expands on the Epstein story and her financial struggles while reporting on it amid a contracting newspaper industry
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: ViacomCBS' Shari Redstone and Bob Bakish and Comcast CEO Brian Roberts met in June to discuss potential streaming partnership for international markets
Lisa Lerer / New York Times:
NYT columnist Nicholas Kristof decided to take a leave of absence last month as he considers the possibility of a Democratic bid for Oregon governor
Maeve Sheehey / Politico:
DOJ announces that it will no longer use compulsory legal processes to seize records from reporters acting “within the scope of their newsgathering activities”
The Guardian:
Over 80 journalists from 16 outlets, members of the Forbidden Stories consortium, collaborated on the Pegasus project, which investigated the NSO Group leak