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7:55 PM ET, September 25, 2022


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Anthony Breznican / Vanity Fair:
A look at Kyiv-based Respeecher, which uses performers' archival voice recordings and AI to create new dialog, including for Darth Vader in Obi-Wan Kenobi  —  As the conflict raged, Ukrainian tech workers at Respeecher hurried to bring back James Earl Jones's legendary voice for Obi-Wan Kenobi.
New York Times:
A look at Germany's hate speech laws, more restrictive than other Western countries, as 1,000+ have been charged or punished since 2018 for online speech crimes  —  Battling far-right extremism, Germany has gone further than any other Western democracy to prosecute individuals for what they say online …
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Sources: Buckingham Palace told the BBC, ITV, and Sky News that they can only retain 60 minutes of approved footage from 10 days of the Queen's commemorations  —  Palace has said TV channels can only retain an hour of footage from events during the mourning period
Discussion: @nomoremonarchs
Karolle Rabarison / Online Journalism Awards:
The 2022 Online Journalism Awards winners include The Boston Globe, LAist, The Trace, and Mission Local; RFE/RL won for its coverage of Russia's war on Ukraine  —  LOS ANGELES, Sept. 24, 2022 — Outstanding coverage of the climate crisis, data privacy, caregiving in the pandemic …
David Folkenflik / NPR:
NPR Chief News Executive Nancy Barnes announces she will leave the network in November 2022, prompted by the CEO's move to create an executive role above her  —  NPR's chief news executive, Nancy Barnes, said Friday she would be leaving the network, prompted by NPR CEO John Lansing's decision to create a new executive role above her.
David Folkenflik / @davidfolkenflik:
Memo: NPR CEO John Lansing reintroduces the chief content officer position, eliminated in 2014, to oversee NPR's news, programming, digital, and other divisions
Discussion: @wynn_atwork
Mark Schilling / Variety:
A look at A4C, a nonprofit working on ingrained film industry problems in Japan, like the lack of support for arthouse movies and pervasive sexual harassment  —  For many in the industry, particularly those in the indie sector, hours are horrendous, contracts are non-existent and sexual …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: in recent months, Netflix started licensing new specials from some comedians for two years for ~$200K, rather than buying them outright, to cut costs  —  Streaming company to pay about $200,000 in two-year licensing pacts, instead of making more costly outright buys; comedians face higher production costs
Laura Wagner / Defector:
Memo: Axios encourages employees to buy and expense six copies of Smart Brevity, a new book by Axios' co-founders, post a photo on social media, and review it  —  Axios staffers received a memo on Monday suggesting several ways they could help promote a new book, Smart Brevity …
Brent Lang / Variety:
Illumination, the studio behind the Minions franchise, hires Mike Moon, ex-head of adult animation at Netflix, to form the Moonlight label and broaden its range  —  Illumination, the studio behind the “Despicable Me” franchise, has tapped Mike Moon to form a new label, Moonlight.
CNN says Nicaragua took CNN en Español off the air shortly after 10PM on Wednesday without explanation, amid a government crackdown; CNN's website remains up  —  The government of Nicaragua abruptly took CNN en Español off the air this week, shortly after 10 p.m. local time on Wednesday.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
The verdict against Project Veritas upends the organization's claims of doing undercover journalism; one Project Veritas operative pitched a voter fraud scheme  —  On Thursday evening, a jury in D.C.'s federal courthouse returned a verdict against Project Veritas in a case stemming …
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Elvira Pollina / Reuters:
Sources: Italian broadcaster MediaForEurope, formerly Mediaset, and French billionaire Xavier Niel made an offer for a controlling stake in French TV company M6
Discussion: Bloomberg
Cecilia D'Anastasio / Bloomberg:
An internal letter shows Twitch SVP of Global Creators Constance Knight resigned on the same day the company announced revenue sharing changes for top creators
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Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
Everyone deserves thriving local news, not just those who live in a few lucky cities and states blessed by a nearby rich person, foundation, or other entity
Tripp Mickle / New York Times:
Apple signs a multiyear NFL deal to have Apple Music replace Pepsi as the main sponsor for the Super Bowl halftime show; sources say the NFL was seeking ~$50M