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Big Media Face Uncertainty as Moguls Play Musical Chairs

Ad Age: Media megadeals and the #MeToo movement are reshaping the makeup of the largest empires’ top brass. In what is basically an intense game of musical chairs, some former, seemingly invincible titans are losing their seats. The sheer amount of reshuffling creates...

Fox News Promotes New Streamer as Members-Only Club

TVNewser: Fox News Channel’s subscription-based OTT service Fox Nation launches in a few days, and it’s coming out armed with a new promo. The video includes almost all of the talent that will be featured on Fox Nation as they gather at a high-end lounge to drink,...

Amazon to Offer Early Look at Warner Bros Film ‘Aquaman’

Bloomberg: Amazon is teaming up with Warner Bros. to offer members of its Prime shopping service early theatrical screenings of the new DC Comics superhero movie “Aquaman.” Prime members will be able to see the movie in select theaters a week early, starting Dec....

Facebook Chief is Urged to Step Down After Controversies

Washington Post: Mark Zuckerberg once set out a bit of digital-world wisdom that became Facebook’s informal motto: “Move fast and break things.” After last week’s developments, the 34-year-old should declare mission accomplished — and find something else to do, writes...

Google’s News Site in Europe Could Shutter Over Link Tax

CNBC: The future of Google News in Europe could be uncertain if European Union plans for a "link tax" for using news stories go ahead. The so-called link tax is part of proposed European legislation that grants publishers copyright over content that is shared...

New York Times Cuts 11 Staffers to Speed Growth in Digital

WWD: The New York Times has serious digital ambitions and the further crossing of non-editorial work is resulting in some layoffs. The newspaper cut 11 people from its marketing team through a combination of its “audience and brand” and “consumer revenue” departments...

Conde Nast Names Tastemade Exec to Run Entertainment

TheWrap: Oren Katzeff is leaving Tastemade to become president of Condé Nast Entertainment. Katzeff is replacing Dawn Ostroff who left in July to fill the role of chief content officer at Spotify. Katzeff spent over five years as Tastemade’s global head of...

Hearst Magazines Chief Working on Reinventing Business

Mr Magazine: Troy Young, president of Hearst Magazines: "Obviously, the brands that we have are incredible, and are foundations on which to build a lasting media company upon. ... All of that makes it an exciting, supportive place to continue to reinvent the magazine...

Goop, from Paltrow, Developing Wellness Series for Netflix

WWD: There’s no stopping the growth of Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop. The high-end, love-it-or-hate-it lifestyle brand is in talks with Netflix to shoot and stream a series based on the brand’s core theme of “wellness” — a focus that has put both Goop and Paltrow, the...

Ziff Davis Says Mashable Founder to Depart at End of Year

The Drum: Pete Cashmore, CEO and founder of Mashable, will be leaving the digital media and entertainment website at the end of the year. "We’re grateful for his vision and thank him for the critical role he played," said owner Ziff...

BuzzFeed Asks for Money Amid Hunt to Merge with a Rival

Fast Company: After months of trialing, BuzzFeed News is making its membership program official. The company is asking people who enjoy its journalism to show their gratitude with money. Meanwhile, BuzzFeed is also reportedly looking into a digital media merger of...

Sinclair Broadcasting Hits Another Media-Merger Dead End

New York Post: Sinclair, which suffered a blow in July when federal regulators stopped its proposed $6.6 billion acquisition of Tribune Media, has been quietly speaking to buyout firms, including Apollo Global Management, about teaming on a new bid for the...

Nine, Fairfax Get Green Light for Aussie Mega-Merger Deal

Associated Press: Shareholders on Monday gave final approval to the merger of television network Nine Entertainment and newspaper publisher Fairfax Media into an Australian media giant to be known only as Nine despite one shareholder’s late bid to stop the deal....

Apple in Deal with Oscar-Winner to Make Original Movies

CNBC: Apple has entered a multi-year agreement with entertainment company A24 to create produce films for the company. The movie deal comes as Apple is ramping up its foray into original content. The company plans to give away free movies and TV shows to device owners...

Google’s YouTube Starts Showing Movies with Ad Breaks

AdAge: YouTube has quietly begun showing ad-supported movies for the first time, giving viewers access to Hollywood titles including "The Terminator" and "Legally Blonde" for free. The platform started promoting the free feature-length films in the movie section of...

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