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9:35 AM ET, September 22, 2021

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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.”
Naman Ramachandran / Variety:
Netflix says it has agreed to acquire the entire Roald Dahl Story Company catalog, expanding on a three-year deal to make animated shows, for an undisclosed sum  —  Netflix has acquired the Roald Dahl Story Company and will expand their existing deal to create a universe spanning several formats.
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.
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.
Financial Times:
Sony Pictures India agrees to invest $1.6B in a merger with Zee Entertainment, which would create one of India's biggest media conglomerates  —  Non-binding deal comes as India's biggest listed media group faces shareholder revolt  —  Sony Pictures Networks India has proposed a deal …
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:
Facebook says Apple's ATT changes will continue to cause headwinds in Q3 and reveals it under-reported iOS web conversions by 15% on average  —  Facebook said Wednesday that changes to Apple's new privacy terms will continue to cause headwinds for its ads business in the third quarter.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
StreamElements, which builds production and analytics tools for streamers, raises $100M led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2 and says 1.1M people use its services  —  Video is at the heart of how people use the internet today, and creators are at the heart of what is being made and watched on video.
Discussion: Tubefilter and Hollywood Reporter
Scott Roxborough / Hollywood Reporter:
Viaplay, the streaming service owned by Scandinavia's NENT Group, says it plans to launch in the UK in 2022 and expand to 16 countries by end of 2023  —  The fast-growing streaming service, owned by NENT Group, aims to be available in 16 countries by the end of 2023.
Discussion: Digital TV Europe and Deadline
Mollie Cahillane / Adweek:
Roku partners with Shopify for an app that lets Shopify merchants build and measure TV streaming ad campaigns  —  Roku and Shopify teamed up for a new app that will let Shopify merchants build, buy and measure TV streaming advertising campaigns ahead of the holiday season.
Discussion: MarTech, FierceVideo, ZDNet and Ad Age
 
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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
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
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
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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
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
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
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%