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1:10 AM ET, July 13, 2023


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Chris Willman / Variety:
Luminate's H1 2023 report: on-demand audio and video streams were up 30.8% YoY globally and 15% YoY in the US, US physical album sales rose 13.3% YoY, and more  —  The vinyl boom is not going bust anytime soon.  In the first half of 2023, vinyl LP sales were up 21.7% from the same period the year before …
New York Times:
Ray Epps, a Trump voter who attended the January 6 Capitol riot, sues Fox News for defamation, after the network and Tucker Carlson spread rumors he was a “fed”  —  Ray Epps, a two-time Trump voter, says Tucker Carlson repeatedly and falsely named him as a covert government agent who incited the Jan. 6 attacks.
Sarah Whitten / CNBC:
Disney's board extends Bob Iger's contract as CEO through 2026, two years longer than he had planned; Iger was supposed to have prepared his next successor  —  - Disney is extending CEO Bob Iger's contract through 2026.  — Iger told CNBC in February that he had no intention to stay longer …
Dominic Patten / Deadline:
Studio and streaming sources: the studios plan to “break the WGA” by allowing “things to drag on until union members start losing their apartments” and houses  —  EXCLUSIVE: Regardless of whether SAG-AFTRA goes on strike this week, the studios have no intention …
David Robb / Deadline:
SAG-AFTRA agrees to federal mediation with the AMPTP, but is “not confident” the employers intend to bargain; the contract expires at 11:59pm PT on July 12
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Huw Edwards' wife names him as the BBC presenter suspended over allegedly buying sexually explicit photos; police say there's no evidence of a criminal offense  —  News comes shortly after Met says there is no evidence suspended presenter committed criminal offence
Peter White / Deadline:
HBO/Max again topped Emmy nominations with 127 in 2023; Netflix got 103, Hulu/FX on Hulu got 64, Apple TV+ got 50, Amazon got 45, Disney+ got 40, and ABC got 28  —  HBO and sister streamer Max remain top of the Emmy nominations pile.  —  The Warner Bros. Discovery network …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Discussion: Mediaite and The Hill
Kevin T. Dugan / New York Magazine:
Docs and sources: Shane Smith's Vice contract included a $1.6M salary, a 5% cut of deals with a 25% net margin he brought in, and now-worthless stock grants  —  When Vice Media filed for bankruptcy this May, the digital-media conglomerate, once worth more than the New York Times, was reduced to the mere sum of its parts.
Three former Fox executives say they regret helping Rupert Murdoch build Fox Broadcasting, and by extension Fox News, which they call a “disinformation machine”  —  For what little it may, or may not, be worth at this point, Preston Padden, Ken Solomon and Bill Reyner wish …
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
McClatchy cuts three Pulitzer-winning cartoonists: The Sacramento Bee's Jack Ohman, The Charlotte Observer's Kevin Siers, Lexington Herald-Leader's Joel Pett  —  Political junkies lost three Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonists this week when the McClatchy chain issued a round of cuts that it blamed on changing reader trends.
Nieman Lab:
An analysis of AI guidelines set by 21 newsrooms around the world finds an emphasis on human oversight, transparency, accountability, responsibility, and more  —  What's okay and what's verboten when it comes to AI in the production of news?  Here's how 21 newsrooms in the U.S., Europe …
Thomas Buckley / Bloomberg:
Imax plans to buy out its Hong Kong-traded Chinese subsidiary for $124M, a 49% premium over the 30-day average closing price; Imax China was established in 2011  —  Imax Corp., the operator of big-screen cinemas, is seeking to buy out its Hong Kong-traded Chinese subsidiary in a deal valued at $124 million.
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Alexandra Bruell / Wall Street Journal:
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