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8:10 AM ET, July 21, 2021

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Kim Masters / Hollywood Reporter:
Looking back at the tough tactics of Disney's top comms officer, Zenia Mucha, who took an effective scorched-earth approach to PR and plans to retire in 2022  —  Bob Iger's top communications officer, retiring after 20 years in the role, was by far the most powerful female player over the years …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Sean Hannity drew praise after urging people to “please take COVID seriously”, but Fox News' broader messaging on vaccines remains contradictory and sows doubt  —  That effort to sow doubt was on full display Monday night  —  It was a sentiment that has been heard only rarely …
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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
Sam Stanton / Sacramento Bee:
Matthew Keys sent back to prison for 6 months after judge finds he deleted Comstock's mag's YouTube account after quitting his job with the pub in January '20  —  Solano County journalist Matthew Keys was sentenced Monday to another six months in prison following a Sacramento judge's finding …
Isabell Hülsen / Spiegel Online:
Interview with FT Editor Roula Khalaf on attracting more female readers, how page views grew 42% YoY in 2020, and FT's reputation as a bible of capitalism  —  Former foreign correspondent Roula Khalaf has served as the top editor of the Financial Times since 2020.
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
South China Morning Post:
Hong Kong police arrest executive EIC of now-defunct Apple Daily, the eighth senior newspaper figure to be arrested, and detain two senior employees  —  Lam Man-chung is the eighth senior executive from the now-defunct newspaper to have been arrested since sweeping operation …
Discussion: @shefaly and Associated Press
Paul Takahashi / Houston Chronicle:
Maria Reeve has been named executive editor of the Houston Chronicle, the first journalist of color to lead the paper; she has been a managing editor since 2019  —  Maria Douglas Reeve, managing editor of the Houston Chronicle since November 2019, has been named the newspaper's top editor.
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.
Michael De Dora / Committee to Protect Journalists:
US news orgs ask Biden and Congress for emergency visas for Afghans who worked with US media, saying they face “grievous harm and death” as troops withdraw  —  The Committee to Protect Journalists joined a coalition of U.S. news and press freedom organizations in joint letters …
Wendy Lee / Los Angeles Times:
A look at JTBC, which bought a majority stake in the creative arm of talent agency CAA, one of several forays by South Korean companies into US entertainment  —  The TV drama “Itaewon Class,” about a young entrepreneur who seeks to avenge his father's death by taking down his rival at a powerful corporation …
Discussion: @rverrier
 
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ESPN's Patricia Mays is named executive editor of news at The Hollywood Reporter, where she will oversee digital strategy
Aaron Couch / Hollywood Reporter:
Comic creators at Marvel and DC express dissatisfaction over “paltry” contracts that don't account for their work being adapted into TV shows or movies
Lindsey Ellefson / The Wrap:
CNN plans to hire 450 people for the launch of CNN+ for editorial, product, technology, design, analytics, and design roles
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Sources: AT&T is in discussions to sell Xandr to Indian ad tech company InMobi; the mismanaged ad unit has annual revenue of ~$300-$380M and losses of $50-$90M
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
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