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6:05 PM ET, September 21, 2021


 Top News: 
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Fortune hires Alyson Shontell, previously the number two editor at Insider, as editor-in-chief, reporting to CEO Alan Murray starting October 6  —  Digital-media veteran plans to focus on increasing business magazine's online readership and subscriptions  —  Fortune hired digital-media …
Panyi Szabolcs / Direkt36:
Photojournalist Dániel Németh is the latest to join the list of Hungarian journalists surveilled using Pegasus spyware, very likely by state actors  —  Have a good story?  Contact us!  —  On June 24, 2021 in Amalfi, near Naples in Southern Italy, Lő …
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
ViacomCBS bundles Paramount+ and Showtime for a promotional price of $10/month with ads and $13/month without  —  ViacomCBS has officially begun marketing Paramount+ and Showtime's streaming service as a combined offering, with an initial promotion starting at $10 a month.
Corin Faife / The Markup:
Analysis: Facebook appears to be adding code to interfere with automated data collection of News Feed posts by journalists and researchers  —  The tweak, which targets the code in accessibility features for visually impaired users, drew ire from researchers and those who monitor the platform
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Local newsletter network 6AM City raises $5M+, is expecting $5M in revenue this year, and plans to have launched in 24 cities by Thanksgiving  —  6AM City, a newsletter-driven local news company, has raised a new round of funding north of $5 million, Axios has learned.
Andy Meek / Forbes:
Maven, owner of Sports Illustrated and TheStreet, rebrands as The Arena Group and says it's generated $142M in revenue in the year ending on June 30, up 53% YoY  —  2021 has proven to be one of the most consequential in recent memory for the publishing company behind Sports Illustrated …
Discussion: Digiday
John Jurgensen / Wall Street Journal:
The Emmys were a crowning moment of the streaming era, at the expense of broadcast and cable networks, and drew 7.4M viewers, up 16% from last year  —  Big wins by “The Queen's Gambit,” “The Crown” and “Ted Lasso” show how the industry has changed  —  A historic night at the Emmy Awards …
Steve Dent / Engadget:
Netflix took a total of 44 Emmys, tying the record for a single year, as Apple TV+ took home 10, its best year yet, and HBO and HBO Max took 19
Tatiana Cirisano / Billboard:
Twitch and NMPA reach deal after tensions over takedown notices; sources: deal doesn't include music licenses, and Twitch will issue warnings before suspensions  —  Twitch and the National Music Publishers' Association (NMPA) have reached a long-awaited agreement focused on building …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Minute Media, owner of The Players' Tribune and The Big Lead, says it has raised “tens of millions of dollars” with FanDuel participating in the round  —  Minute Media has raised “tens of millions of dollars” in a previously unreported funding round, with participation …
Financial Times:
Sources: DAZN is in advanced talks to buy BT Sport in the UK, which would give it rights to Premier League, rugby, and cricket games  —  A sale would reshape the UK sports broadcasting market  —  DAZN, the sports streaming service owned by billionaire Sir Leonard Blavatnik, is in advanced talks to buy BT's sports business.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Disney CEO Bob Chapek says Disney+ global subscriber growth slowed this quarter, citing production delays and challenges for Latin America's Star Plus launch  —  Disney Plus global paid subscribers will increase by “low single-digit millions of subscribers” for the quarter ending September 2021, Disney CEO Bob Chapek said.
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Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Sources: Netflix is in talks to buy the full works of Roald Dahl, expanding on its three-year deal to make animated shows based on his material
Natasha Turak / CNBC:
Universal Music Group shares rose by about 36% in its market debut in Amsterdam, valuing the company at over €46B, after being spun off from Vivendi
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Amit Gurbaxani / Billboard:
Gaana, India's leading music streaming service, has seen low paid sub growth; India's audio streaming market is 38% ad-supported, behind only China, Venezuela
Discussion: and Entrackr
Lisa Richwine / Reuters:
Netflix launches a free plan in Kenya with a quarter of the content from its paid plans, available only on Android phones
Pew Research Center:
Survey: 47% of US Facebook users regularly get news on the platform, down from 54% in 2020; 29% of US TikTok users regularly get news from the app, up from 22%
Washington Post:
The Washington Post announces 41 new editing roles, including two deputy managing editors to the masthead