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9:35 AM ET, March 21, 2023


 Top News: 
New York Times:
Fox News producer Abby Grossberg files two lawsuits accusing Fox's lawyers of coercing her to give misleading testimony and take the blame in the Dominion case  —  The producer, Abby Grossberg, said in a pair of lawsuits that the effort to place blame on her and Maria Bartiromo …
Adam Gabbatt / The Guardian:
Fox losing the Dominion lawsuit could bring shareholder litigation, jeopardize Rupert Murdoch's control, hurt contract renewals with cable companies, and more  —  Beyond the defamation case, Fox News must reckon with an alienated audience and its waning hold over the GOP
Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
Fox claims hosts who repeated election lies acted as pundits with the leeway to express opinions while saying they're entitled to the same rights as journalists
The Daily Beast:
Fox News files a restraining order against Tucker Carlson producer Abby Grossberg, claiming she threatened to expose talks with Fox lawyers in the Dominion suit
Max Tani / Semafor:
Source: Vice Media Executive Chairman Shane Smith sold $100M+ of his shares in Vice, ~25% of the outlet's current value, during a $500M fundraising deal in 2014  —  After Vice raised $500 million in 2014, its CEO and co-founder Shane Smith remarked to a friend that he'd become “post-economic.”
David Shepardson / Reuters:
Ahead of Shou Zi Chew's testimony, TikTok confirms having 150M MAUs in the US, up from 100M in August 2020; in September 2021, TikTok reported 1B+ MAUs globally
The Guardian:
The BBC urges its staff to delete TikTok from their work phones due to “data privacy and security” concerns, unless there is “a justified business reason”
Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch:
Twitch CEO Dan Clancy says the company plans to lay off 400 employees to “run our business sustainably” after user and revenue growth didn't match expectations  —  Twitch announced plans to reduce its workforce on Monday, demonstrating that even the booming streaming site …
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
An analysis of 105K+ variations of Upworthy headlines: negative words and sad words in headlines generate more clicks while words of joy and fear reduce clicks  —  Why is all the news so negative?  —  Maybe it's because journalists are naturally drawn to aberrations — outliers from the norm …
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Sources: Netflix's ad-supported tier reached ~1M MAUs in the US after its second month, and the company fulfilled its forecasted deliveries to advertisers  —  Good afternoon from Los Angeles.  It's good to be home and I hope your March Madness bracket is doing better than mine.
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
The Guardian and Mirror condemn the UK government for excluding The Guardian, Mirror, the BBC, i, and The Independent from the Home Secretary's trip to Rwanda  —  The Home Office said it is not always possible to invite all media outlets on every trip.  —  Guardian editor-in-chief Katharine Viner …
Wendy Lee / Los Angeles Times:
NPR host Jesse Thorn's media company Maximum Fun plans to become a cooperative owned equally by its 16+ workers, a novel business model in the podcast industry  —  Jesse Thorn has built a sizable audience with his podcast business Maximum Fun.  His NPR interview show, “Bullseye With Jesse Thorn …
Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
Netflix plans to launch 40 games in 2023 and has a further 70 in development with its partners, after releasing 55 titles since adding games in November 2021  —  Netflix has announced that it has 40 games slated for launch this year and has 70 in development with its partners.
Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
FuboTV rebrands as Fubo; the service added 323,000 net subscribers in 2022, more than any traditional cable provider, for 1.44M subscribers in total  —  NBA star Kevin Garnett and NFL veteran Mark Sanchez are appearing in the new campaign, which features the tagline “If Sports Fans Built a Streaming Service.”
Discussion: Adweek
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Business journalist Joe Bel Bruno launches The Intersect for “investors who sink cash into entertainment stocks”, with a newsletter for $10/month or $100/year  —  Longtime business journalist Joe Bel Bruno has launched The Intersect, which covers how the entertainment industry and Wall Street collide.
Discussion: @joebelbruno and The Intersect
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Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
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Melanie Goodfellow / Deadline:
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Discussion: Variety
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