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5:25 PM ET, September 16, 2023

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Ashlee Vance / Bloomberg:
A look at D Billions, a network of YouTube channels run by Kyrgyzstan-based media company AWA and which got billions of views by teaching kids words via songs  —  A landlocked country in Central Asia is home to an international hit.  —  The US has Mr. Beast.  The Kyrgyz Republic has D Billions.
David Marchese / New York Times:
Q&A with Rolling Stone co-founder Jann Wenner on interviewing his friends, boomers' legacy, and his new book, The Masters, about seven white male rock musicians  —  “We've lived really privileged lives,” says the co-founder of Rolling Stone.  “Now we get to rest.”
Uriel J. García / The Texas Tribune:
Mexican journalist Emilio Gutiérrez Soto wins the right to US asylum after a 15-year legal battle against deportation to Mexico, whose military threatened him  —  Emilio Gutiérrez Soto fled with his son to the U.S. border in 2008 after his reporting on the Mexican military led to threats.
Canadian Press:
Canada-based Metroland Media Group makes its 70+ local newspapers digital-only and cuts 605 jobs, as its parent company seeks bankruptcy protection for the unit  —  Daily papers will continue to operate in print and online  —  Nordstar, the company that owns the Toronto Star and other newspapers …
Mediaite:
Sources: Fox News fired veteran executive John Finley on September 8 following a woman alleging he sexually harassed and stalked her; Fox settled with the woman  —  John Finley, a top Fox News executive who was fired last week after more than 20 years at the network, was ousted after a woman alleged …
David Voreacos / Bloomberg:
Hedge fund Citadel founder Ken Griffin subpoenas ProPublica and five journalists for docs tied to stories on his tax returns; ProPublica vows to protect sources  —  - ProPublica vows to protect sources amid ‘sprawling’ requests  — Griffin suing IRS over failure to protect his secret tax data
Max Goldbart / Deadline:
WBD's General Manager for Germany, Switzerland, and Austria, Hannes Heyelmann, steps down, following the exits of EMEA head Priya Dogra and UK head Antonio Ruiz  —  Warner Bros. Discovery Germany boss Hannes Heyelmann has become the latest to exit from Gerhard Zeiler's international team.
Discussion: Variety and Broadband TV News
Elizabeth Wagmeister / Variety:
After a backlash, Drew Barrymore apologizes to writers and unions for her show returning on September 18, saying “we will be in compliance” with strike rules  —  Drew Barrymore is offering up an explanation as to why her daytime talk show is returning, amid fierce criticism during the writers strike.
Max Goldbart / Deadline:
Sources: VFX firm DNEG told staff to take 20%+ pay cuts for seven months or agree to a 36-month loan scheme; DNEG cut ~7.5% of its London HQ workforce in July  —  EXCLUSIVE: Just weeks after laying off dozens in its London HQ, Dune VFX firm DNEG is asking staff to take up to 25% pay cuts …
 
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Haroon Siddique / The Guardian:
MailOnline agrees to pay the BBC's Gabby Logan and her husband “substantial damages” over false claims; ex-Sun editor Kelvin MacKenzie agrees to pay for a tweet
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Christopher Palmeri / Bloomberg:
Source: Byron Allen submits a preliminary $10B offer to acquire Disney's ABC TV network, local TV stations, and the FX and National Geographic cable channels
Jeremy Fuster / The Wrap:
The WGA and the AMPTP agree to resume labor negotiations next week, in a meeting that would be their first since August 22; the AMPTP says the WGA reached out
Bloomberg:
Sources: Disney expects to fall tens of millions short of its Disney+ 2024 subscriber goal set in mid-2022; its Charter deal will add millions, at a lower price
 

 
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Kim Zetter / Wired:
AT&T appears to have paid a member of ShinyHunters $370K+ to delete call records stolen from AT&T's Snowflake account that exposed “nearly all” of its customers

Lauren Thomas / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Alphabet is in advanced talks to acquire cybersecurity startup Wiz for roughly $23B; Wiz raised $1B at a $12B valuation in May 2024

Wes Davis / The Verge:
Apple approves the first PC emulator for iOS, UTM SE, weeks after initially rejecting and barring it from being notarized for third-party app stores in the EU

 
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