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5:25 PM ET, October 18, 2021

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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.
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Ben Smith / New York Times:
Axel Springer removes Bild editor Julian Reichelt after an NYT report detailed allegations that he behaved inappropriately with women at the publication  —  The German media giant Axel Springer said on Monday that the editor of Bild, its powerful tabloid, had been removed from his duties …
Edward Ongweso Jr / VICE:
Facebook posts an odd thread, attacking 30+ unnamed journalists “finishing up a coordinated series of articles based on thousands of pages of leaked documents”  —  The company decried the use of embargoes to coordinate a coming series of reporting on thousands of pages of leaks, despite regularly using embargoes itself.
Catalin Cimpanu / The Record:
In an SEC filing, Sinclair confirms a ransomware attack is disrupting its TV channels; Sinclair initially blamed technical issues  —  Sinclair formally confirmed the ransomware attack a day after this initial report in SEC documents.  Original reporting below.
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,” …
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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 …
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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.
José Adorno / 9to5Mac:
Apple launches a new $5/month “Voice Plan” for accessing Apple Music exclusively with Siri, available in 17 countries  —  During the “Unleashed” Apple event, the company announced a new more accessible plan for Apple Music exclusively with Siri.
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  —  The powerhouse children's publisher, known for Harry Potter, had been passed from father to son until Iole Lucchese, a top executive, was given control.
Bloomberg:
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:
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
 
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Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
BBC DG offers to meet Marcus Ryder, a prominent Black media executive who was reportedly blocked from a senior BBC position after making public comments on race
Janet Freund / Bloomberg:
Playboy says it will launch its creator-driven adult entertainment website Centerfold in Q4 after buying social-content platform Dream for as much as $30M
Discussion: Forbes
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Apple updates HomePod mini with new colors: yellow, blue, and orange, available next month for the same price of $99
Michael King / The Streamable:
Dish files a formal FCC complaint against Tegna, alleging bad faith in the ongoing negotiations over a new carriage deal
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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