Check out Mini-Mediagazer for simple mobiles or Mediagazer Mobile for modern smartphones.
1:05 PM ET, October 18, 2021


 Top News: 
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Docs show Axel Springer faced claims that Bild's workplace culture mixed sex, journalism, and company cash; Axios' Jim VandeHei says merger talks were “sneaky”  —  A high-flying German media giant is ahead on digital media but seems stuck in the past when it comes to the workplace and deal-making.
Bojan Pancevski / Wall Street Journal:
Axel Springer CEO details plans for Politico, including expanding staff from 900 to 1,000, publishing in several languages, and eventually adding a paywall
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Internal document: Netflix estimates Squid Game will create almost $900M in value for the company; 87M viewers finished the series in the first 23 days  —  More than 130 million people have watched the Korean show  —  Netflix estimates that its latest megahit, “Squid Game,” …
Zoe Schiffer / The Verge:
Netflix fires a leader of the trans employee resource group who was organizing a walkout, for allegedly leaking metrics related to the Dave Chappelle special
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Leaked Netflix documents of metrics evaluating shows indicate $24.1M spent on Chappelle's The Closer vs. $21.4M on Squid Game
Catalin Cimpanu / The Record:
In an SEC filing, Sinclair confirms a ransomware attack disrupted its channels on Sunday; Sinclair initially blamed technical issues  —  Sinclair formally confirmed the ransomware attack a day after this initial report in SEC documents.  Original reporting below.
IATSE and AMPTP reach a deal, avoiding a strike that would have shut film and TV production; new contract needs to be ratified by IATSE members  —  EXCLUSIVE: With Hollywood on edge and picket signs at the ready, IATSE and the AMPTP have reached an agreement on a new film and TV contract, averting a threatened nationwide strike.
Patrick McGee / Financial Times:
Analysis: Apple Search Ads now account for 58% of iOS app installs from an ad click, up from 17% a year ago; Apple to earn $5B from its ads business in FY 2021  —  iPhone maker's share of mobile app advertising market has tripled in six months  —  Apple's advertising business has more than tripled …
Tripp Mickle / Wall Street Journal:
A look at YouTube's in-house creator partnerships team, which has over 1,000 employees across 45 countries offering advice and guidance to about 12,000 creators  —  The site has spent more than a decade building an in-house agency for digital superstars, drawing ad sales, sponsorships and other revenue
New York Times:
Profile of Iole Lucchese, a Scholastic exec given control of the company after the sudden death of CEO Dick Robinson; sources say they were romantic partners  —  Iole Lucchese, a senior executive at the publishing company, said she was just as surprised as everyone else to learn she had been handed control of the business.
Sources: China is considering asking Tencent, ByteDance, and other media companies to let rivals access and display their content in search results  —  - MIIT may ask Tencent to allow Baidu, others to search WeChat  — If implemented, it could shake up the online advertising arena
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Sony Pictures Entertainment to sell GSN Games, a division of Game Show Network, to mobile games company Scopely for about $1B  —  Sony Pictures Entertainment announced a deal to sell GSN Games, a division of Game Show Network, to mobile-games company Scopely for about $1 billion in cash and stock.
Michael King / The Streamable:
Dish files a formal FCC complaint against Tegna, alleging bad faith in the ongoing negotiations over a new carriage deal  —  Dish has filed a formal complaint with the Federal Communications Commission, alleging that Tegna has been acting in bad faith in connection with the ongoing negotiations over a new carriage deal.
Discussion: and Light Reading
 Archived Page Info: 
This is a snapshot of Mediagazer at 1:05 PM ET, October 18, 2021.

View the current page or another snapshot:

 Who's Hiring in Media? 
 See Also: 
Mediagazer: site main
Mediagazer River: reverse chronological Mediagazer
Mediagazer Mobile: for phones
Mediagazer Leaderboard: Mediagazer's top sources
Mediagazer RSS feed
Mediagazer on X
Mediagazer on Mastodon
 More News: 
Hollywood Reporter:
Netflix leases LA's historic Bay Theater, which closed for the pandemic, and will reopen it starting October 22 for special events and screenings of its films
Priyanjana Bengani / Columbia Journalism Review:
Metric Media, a pink slime operation of 1,200+ local US “news” sites, has ties to founders of the Tea Party movement, Donors Trust, and other right-wing groups
Amanda Meade / The Guardian:
News Corp. CEO Robert Thomson will appear before an Australian Senate inquiry into media diversity; Lachlan Murdoch turned down a request to appear last month
 Earlier Picks: 
Alexandra Steigrad / New York Post:
Disney shares briefly rose ~3% on Friday after a Puck report said the company might spin off ESPN; a Disney source later said the story was inaccurate
Karolle Rabarison / Online Journalism Awards:
2021 Online Journalism Awards winners include The NYT, ProPublica, PublicSource, and Grist; WaPo won for its pandemic coverage
Justin Peters / Slate:
Ben Smith has been transparent about his BuzzFeed stock options, but his shifting divestment deadline and their fluctuating value erode trust in his reporting
Alex Sujong Laughlin / Study Hall:
Social media and audio production are just two of the invisible structures built to prop up a select few voices

From Techmeme:

Robert McMillan / Wall Street Journal:
A profile of CrowdStrike, founded in 2011 and used by 300 companies in the Fortune 500; Gartner: CrowdStrike has ~15% of the global security software market

Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Over 200 Bethesda Game Studios workers unionize with the CWA, forming the first “wall-to-wall” union at a Microsoft game studio; Microsoft recognized the union

Joseph Cox / 404 Media:
The UK and US announce the arrest of a 17-year-old boy from Walsall, UK, suspected of being connected to the ransomware attack against MGM Resorts in 2023

Sister Sites:

 Top news and commentary for technology's leaders, from all around the web
 What US political commentators are discussing online right now
 The top celebrity news from all around the web on a single page