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11:25 AM ET, July 28, 2021

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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Fox News partners with Warner Bros. to offer six classic Clint Eastwood films on Fox Nation, as the streaming service expands beyond news and politics  —  Fox Nation has enlisted a new face to help it navigate TV's streaming wars.  —  As part of a licensing pact with WarnerMedia's Warner Bros. studio …
Discussion: @bristei
Erik Pedersen / Deadline:
PBS leads the nominations for the News & Documentary Emmy Awards, with 52 nominations; CNN is second with 41, CBS with 30, ABC with 22, and Vice with 20  —  PBS leads the nominations for the 42nd annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards, as it usually does, this year scoring 52 noms over last year's 48.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
YouTube reports $7B in Q2 ad revenue, up 84% YoY from $3.81B, and says its Shorts feature now has 15B global daily views, up from 6.5B in March  —  YouTube accelerated back into high growth for the second quarter of 2021, as ad revenue hit a record $7.0 billion for the period.
Maria Sheahan / Reuters:
Swiss publisher Ringier buys out Axel Springer in Hungary, Serbia, Slovakia, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania; Ringier and Axel Springer's Poland JV will remain  —  BERLIN (Reuters) - Swiss publisher Ringier is buying out its partner Axel Springer in Hungary, Serbia, Slovakia, Estonia …
Discussion: @jeffjarvis
K.J. Yossman / Variety:
Comcast-owned British broadcaster Sky announces a major rebrand of its channel portfolio, including the retirement of flagship channel Sky One after 30+ years  —  Comcast-owned British broadcaster Sky has announced a major rebrand of its channel portfolio, including the retirement of its flagship channel Sky One.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Spotify Q2: revenue of €2.3B, up 23% YoY, ad revenue up 110% YoY to €275M; paying subscribers reached 165M, up 20% YoY, total MAUs reached 365M; stock down 6%+  —  Spotify, citing ongoing headwinds from the COVID pandemic, fell short of its total monthly user growth goal in the second quarter of 2021.
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Internal email: WaPo will require all employees to show they are vaccinated against COVID-19, starting when workers return to the office, planned for Sept. 13  —  The Washington Post will require all employees to show that they are vaccinated against the coronavirus, the newspaper's publisher said on Tuesday.
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
NBA partners with iHeartMedia to develop a slate of daily and weekly podcasts using NBA's audio archives  —  - Basketball league will mine its archive for rare audio clips  — Radio giant will handle sales, distribution and production  —  The National Basketball Association is developing …
Discussion: @lucas_shaw and AllAccess.com
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Contentful, which offers APIs to let companies manage content, raises $175M Series F led by Tiger Global at a ~$3B valuation, after a $80M Series E in June 2020  —  Contentful this morning announced a $175 million Series F round of capital, led by Tiger Global, valuing the unicorn at around $3 billion.
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
UK's ITV says its ad revenue grew 29% YoY in H1 2021, up 87% in May and 115% in June; ITV now has 3M global subs and BritBox International has 2M subs  —  CEO Carolyn McCall said the U.K. TV giant is “emerging from the worst effects of the pandemic.”  —  U.K. TV giant ITV reported …
Jennifer Harper / Washington Times:
Former Drudge Report editor Joseph Curl launches a conservative-oriented news aggregation site called Off the Press  —  The liberal news media just got some competition.  —  Joseph Curl, a veteran journalist who covered the White House for The Washington Times and spent four years as an editor …
Discussion: PR Newswire
 
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter hires the team that built Brief, a subscription-based news summary app founded by former Google employees; the app will wind down July 31
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
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Emily Caron / Sportico:
Barstool Sports becomes the sponsor and exclusive broadcast partner of the Arizona Bowl, set for Dec. 31; the game had aired on CBS for several years
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Daniel Hale, a defense contractor who leaked documents on drone warfare to Intercept's Jeremy Scahill, gets 45 months in prison for violating the Espionage Act
Sahil Patel / The Information:
Vox Media has sold 50 projects, including films and TV series, in the last 15 months to TV networks and to streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon, and Apple
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Memo: Louise Story, WSJ's chief news strategist and chief product and technology officer, is leaving WSJ and Dow Jones
Washington Post:
Survey of 20,699 Americans: those who rely on Facebook for COVID-related news are less likely to get vaccinated than average and less likely than Fox viewers
Elizabeth Culliford / Reuters:
Facebook's restricting interest-based and web activity ad targeting for users under 18 on its platforms, only allowing segmentation by age, gender, and location
Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
Coverage of Congress' earlier failure to form a fully bipartisan Jan. 6 commission shows how political analysis and reporting are stuck in “both sides” framing