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1:45 PM ET, July 20, 2021


 Top News: 
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  —  Late June meeting also included ViacomCBS CEO Robert Bakish; focused on potential to join forces in international markets
Sara Fischer / Axios:
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 …
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 …
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  —  Nicholas Kristof, the award-winning columnist for The New York Times, is considering running in the Democratic primary race for governor of Oregon.
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  —  Univision has unveiled a massive overhaul of its corporate ranks as well as the leadership of its entertainment, news and sports divisions.
Lindsey Ellefson / The Wrap:
CNN plans to hire 450 people for the launch of CNN+ for editorial, product, technology, design, analytics, and design roles  —  CNN will hire 450 people to help launch new streaming service CNN+, which will debut in the first quarter of 2022.  —  CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker was joined …
Maeve Sheehey / Politico:
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 …
Discussion: Variety, Reuters and The Verge
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
YouTube acquires India-based social commerce startup Simsim, sources say for over $70M; Simsim raised $17M to date and was last valued at $50.1M  —  YouTube has acquired social commerce startup Simsim, the Google-owned firm said on Tuesday.  Neither of the firms disclosed the terms of the deal …
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  —  New York (CNN Business)Tucker Carlson has called the idea of vaccine passports the medical equivalent of “Jim Crow” laws.
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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
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
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The Daily Beast:
Britt McHenry settles sexual harassment lawsuit with Fox News; sources: McHenry will leave the network and Fox Nation
Emmanuel Akinwotu / The Guardian:
Nigeria's broadcasting regulator asks TV stations to limit reporting of rising security crises in the country and withhold details of incidents and victims
Jamie Hopkins / Center for Public Integrity:
Center for Public Integrity announces Paul Cheung, the director of journalism and technology innovation at the Knight Foundation, as its new CEO
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