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8:25 AM ET, May 17, 2022


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New York Times:
Paradise Media sells literary magazine The Believer to its original owner McSweeney's at a “meaningful” loss, after a fan backlash over clickbait content  —  The magazine, bought by a marketing company, briefly hosted clickbait content.  Scandal ensued.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Sources: Disney will not accept ads about alcohol, politics, or rival studios on the ad-supported tier of Disney+  —  Not every marketer is likely to get its commercials on a new ad-supported version of Disney+.  —  The popular streaming service — home to Marvel movies, the “Star Wars” …
Megan Graham / Wall Street Journal:
Marriott launches the Marriott Media Network in partnership with Yahoo to help advertisers target consumers on its hotel websites and the TVs in their rooms  —  Marriott will use anonymized data on its guests to help brands target their ads.  Walmart, Kroger, DoorDash and others have taken similar tacks …
Bill Curry / Globe and Mail:
Google says Canada's proposed Online News Act amounts to a “link tax” that would “break” its search engine; Google made similar claims against Australia's code  —  Google is ramping up its opposition to the federal government's Online News Act, warning the proposed new law would …
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Source: Netflix executives met with major theater chains to test releasing movies with a longer window, likely 45 days, in thousands of theaters later in 2022  —  Netflix Inc. was absent when Hollywood executives gathered in Las Vegas late last month to preview the year ahead in movies, at least officially.
Andreas Wiseman / Deadline:
Deadline says it won't publish an interview with Cannes head Thierry Frémaux, after the festival demanded copy approval and removed answers about diversity  —  Long a bastion of artistic freedom, the Cannes Film Festival has a secret: it censors interviews with festival head Thierry Frémaux.
Ezra Marcus / New York Times:
An in-depth look at OnlyFans agencies, which manage hundreds of models' accounts and use teams of ghostwriters to chat with subscribers in private messages  —  Clever marketers have figured out how easy it is to simulate online intimacy at scale, ventriloquizing alluring models with cheap, offshore labor.
Alexander Lee / Digiday:
Current and former staffers detail how Enthusiast Gaming gut esports news site Upcomer after acquiring it in 2021, laying off 11 of 26 full-time staff in March  —  In 2021, gaming and esports company Enthusiast Gaming acquired the dormant esports media brand Upcomer, with plans to turn it into a leading esports news publication.
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Jeremy Fuster / The Wrap:
SEC filing: in Q1, Warren Buffett acquired a $2.6B stake in Paramount via Berkshire Hathaway, his third stake in a streaming company along with Apple and Amazon
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Snap head of originals Vanessa Guthrie plans to leave at the end of June 2022, to be replaced by Snap Originals production head Anjuli Millan
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Katie Kilkenny / Hollywood Reporter:
Writers Guild's CBS News Union ratifies a new three-year agreement, with 2% minimum wage increases for staffers, more severance pay for long-term staffers, more
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New York Times:
As the TV industry prepares to pitch advertisers in-person at upfronts for the first time in three years, a look at how the entertainment industry has changed
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Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
Spotify confirms it is testing a feature that lets select artists promote “third-party NFT offerings” on their profiles, visible to Android users in the US
Columbia Journalism Review:
The Knight Institute creates a “reading room” to make the DOJ's OLC memos, which contain legal opinions shaping government agency policies, publicly accessible
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
The Buffalo shooting suspect allegedly endorsed “great replacement theory”, a once-fringe racist idea promoted by Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham, and others
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Ahead of the US midterms, some major media polls are reaching respondents via texts and the mail to supplement phone calling, after presidential election misses
Michael Schaffer / Politico:
A look at C-SPAN's social media and monetization efforts as its cable fee revenue, 98% of its budget, has fallen from a $70M peak to an estimated <$50M in 2022
Aaron Moss / Copyright Lately:
Senator Hawley's copyright bill targeting Disney is riddled with problems, and some media organizations reported on it as if his talking points were facts