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4:40 AM ET, September 22, 2021


 Top News: 
The Daily Beast:
Trump sues NYT, three of its reporters, and his niece, Mary Trump, claiming they hatched a plot to obtain his private records for a story about his tax history  —  The ex-president claims there was an “insidious plot to obtain confidential and highly-sensitive records.”
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.
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.
Matthew Keys / FierceVideo:
YouTuber Bill Omar Carrasquillo and two others indicted on charges of copyright infringement, wire fraud, and more for allegedly offering pirated streaming TV  —  A popular YouTube personality and two other individuals are facing criminal charges for allegedly operating a large-scale pirate television service over the Internet.
Discussion: @sixfever and @matthewkeyslive
Sara Fischer / Axios:
WaPo expands its Zeus Prime ad network, adding Ad Council, Dallas Morning News, and soon Graham Media Group; non-targeted ads will cost $9 per thousand views  —  The Washington Post on Tuesday launched an ad network as part of its Zeus advertising technology business, executives told Axios.
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:
Business outlet Industry Dive, which expects ~30% profit margins and $80M in revenue in 2021, buys trade pub PharmaVOICE, its fourth acquisition in 18 months  —  Industry Dive, a Washington, D.C.-based business journalism outlet, is acquiring PharmaVOICE, a trade publication …
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 …
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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
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
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
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
Discussion: Digiday
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
 Earlier Picks: 
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
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
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