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6:25 PM ET, January 17, 2018


 Top News: 
Hollywood Reporter:
Film and TV rights for Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury are sold to Endeavor Content, which plans to adapt the book as a TV series; Wolff to be executive producer  —  Endeavor Content has purchased rights to the best-selling exposé of the Trump White House and plans to adapt it for the small screen.
Jennifer Jacobs / Bloomberg:
Sources: Michael Wolff's book initially had a working title sympathetic to the President; aides say Hope Hicks endorsed speaking with him  —  Some of president's staff thought they were authorized to talk  —  Wolff's working title suggested sympathetic view of Trump
Lawrence Bonk / Mediaite:
Katie Way, the reporter who broke the Aziz Ansari story, sent HLN host Ashleigh Banfield an email insulting her appearance after Banfield criticized Way  —  HLN's Ashleigh Banfield has not been shy in her dismissal of Katie Way, the writer who reported anonymous allegations against Aziz Ansari …
Julianne Escobedo Shepherd / Jezebel:
Babe's post about “Grace” and Aziz Ansari showed inexperience and lack of understanding about reporting on sexual misconduct, prompting bad-faith reactions
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Apple wins bid for 10-episode comedy series starring Kristen Wiig, its first scripted comedy show and third series via Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine banner  —  The untitled 10-episode series is the tech giant's first half-hour comedy.  —  Kristen Wiig is returning to the small screen.
Oliver Darcy / CNNMoney:
Sources: Fox News killed a story detailing alleged sexual relationship between porn actress Stephanie Clifford and Trump ahead of the 2016 election  —  Fox News had a story at the height of the presidential election that detailed an alleged sexual relationship between porn actress Stephanie Clifford …
Tanya Dua / Business Insider:
NowThis relaunches website, which it shut down in early 2015; company president says the move was in the works before Facebook announced News Feed changes  —  - Social publisher NowThis has relaunched its website, which it shuttered in early 2015 to go all-in on social platforms directly.
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Swedish publishing conglomerate Bonnier lays off 17% of its US workforce, or 70 people, and shutters four magazines  —  Bonnier is also shuttering five magazines.  —  Bonnier, the Swedish publishing conglomerate, has laid off 70 people from its U.S. group.  That represents about 17 percent* of the company's American workforce.
Max Willens / Digiday:
As Axios turns one, founder Jim VandeHei discusses plans for subscriptions and a contributors network and says the media is forming “Trump derangement syndrome”  —  Axios made headlines when it announced, then delayed, its plans to launch a $10,000-a-year subscription product.
Discussion: Axios
Washpostpr / Washington Post:
Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post correspondent imprisoned for 18 months in Iran, joins Washington Post's WorldViews as a staff writer  —  Announcement from Foreign Editor Douglas Jehl, Deputy Foreign Editor Mary Beth Sheridan, and WorldViews Assignment Editor Max Rosenthal:
Cristiano Lima / Politico:
Memo: Libby Leist succeeds Don Nash as executive producer of NBC's The Today Show, becoming the first female to lead the program's 7-8am time slot  —  NBC News announced Wednesday that Libby Leist would succeed Don Nash as executive producer at the “Today” show, making her the first female to lead to program's 7 and 8 a.m. hours.
Discussion: thecut
John McCain / Washington Post:
Senator John McCain says Trump's continuing attacks on American news outlets has allowed repressive regimes to silence reporters and stave off media scrutiny  —  John McCain, a Republican, represents Arizona in the U.S. Senate.  —  After leaving office, President Ronald Reagan created …
Jacob Hall / /Film:
YouTube has picked up the distribution rights to the Eminem-produced film Bodied and will bring it to Sundance this year  —  Joseph Kahn's Bodied made the festival rounds in 2017, but it didn't secure a distributor or find theatrical release that year.  That's the one and only reason this satirical …
Discussion: The Wrap and Variety
Shona Ghosh / Business Insider:
Facebook says it will open a standalone investigation into potential Russian meddling in UK's EU referendum on its platform, after pressure from UK politicians  —  - Facebook will investigate whether Russian groups bought ads on its platform to influence the outcome of the UK's vote to leave the EU in 2016.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Flurry data: overall app session activity grew 6% in 2017; shopping app usage grew 54%, media, music, entertainment apps grew 43%, lifestyle apps dropped 40%  —  The app economy is continuing to grow, with the worldwide revenue from app stores expected to top $110 billion this year, according to recent estimates from App Annie.
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Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
The Associated Press partners with Arkadium to integrate Arkadium's interactive content tool InHabit into some of its sports coverage
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Toronto-based collaborative writing platform Wattpad raises $51M at an estimated ~$398M post-money valuation to expand its tech platform
Ewen MacAskill / The Guardian:
Q&A with Daniel Ellsberg and Edward Snowden on the ethics of whistleblowing, press freedom, and Steven Spielberg's new film about the Pentagon Papers, The Post
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
Facebook exec Ricky Van Veen says new changes to News Feed will have little to no impact on Facebook Watch, and the site can filter out spoilers from comments
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Stewart Clarke / Variety:
Boutique merchant bank The Raine Group makes “significant” investment in indie studio Propagate Content, becomes major Propagate backer alongside A+E Networks
Discussion: New York Times
Jon Lafayette / Broadcasting & Cable:
Telemundo consolidates domestic and international scripted production units as Telemundo Global Studios, which will be headed by Marcos Santana
Discussion: Variety
Ricardo Bilton / Nieman Lab:
Gallup/Knight survey: 58% in US say proliferation of news sources makes it harder to stay informed; 42% say social media has had positive impact on news media
Cecilia Kang / New York Times:
22 attorneys general file lawsuit to stop FCC's repeal of net neutrality rules; Mozilla, other net neutrality advocates also filed suits against FCC
Todd Spangler / Variety:
YouTube: creators will need 4K hours of watch time in past year and 1K subs to monetize videos under Partner Program; humans will review Google Preferred videos