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11:10 AM ET, December 8, 2017


 Top News: 
Gus Garcia-Roberts / Los Angeles Times:
Bryan Singer, producer and director of the X-Men films, is accused in a lawsuit of raping a 17-year-old boy 14 years ago  —  Director Bryan Singer, who has left the Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” in the middle of production, faces a lawsuit over alleged sexual assault of a teen in 2003.
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Sources: YouTube to introduce paid, on-demand streaming music service in March; Warner has signed on, talks continue with Sony, Universal, and Merlin  —  Warner has signed on, talks underway with Sony, Universal  —  Artists asked to help promote service, internally called Remix
Columbia Journalism Review:
Content analysis of The New York Times amid 2016 campaign shows emphasis on scandal coverage over policy stories, particularly focusing on Clinton's emails  —  Since the 2016 presidential election, an increasingly familiar narrative has emerged concerning the unexpected victory of Donald Trump.
Sam Levin / The Guardian:
Conservative opinion magazine The Weekly Standard partners with Facebook in fact-checking effort, drawing claims that Facebook is bowing to ideological pressure  —  Magazine dubbed ‘serial misinformer’ becomes first explicitly partisan organization to aid in task, fueling concerns over rightwing influence at site
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
Report: young British readers of 8 UK national newspapers spent nearly twice as much time on print editions as on online ones in 2016, except for the Daily Mail  —  Young people spend nearly twice as much time reading print newspapers compared with online and app editions of newsbrands, according to new research.
Discussion: Taylor & Francis
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
Fusion Media Group partners with Grupo Televisa on new cable channel Fusion MX; Televisa will also launch Mexican editions of Deadspin, Gizmodo, Jezebel  —  Televisa to launch Mexican editions of former Gawker websites  —  Fusion MX to make Spanish programming for 14 million homes
Discussion: Media Moves and Forbes
Madeline Berg / Forbes:
Top 10 YouTube stars earned $127M between June 2016 and June 2017, up 80% from $70.5M last year, with Daniel Middleton, aka DanTDM taking top spot with $16.5M  —  You may not see Daniel Middleton walking down a red carpet, but he is a celebrity in a league of his own.
Discussion: @bowlingotter
Farley Elliott / Eater LA:
After vendors pull out following an ownership change, LA Weekly cancels its annual food-and-drink event set for next week  —  The embattled alt-weekly is under growing local pressure  —  A sustained social media campaign against the new owners of LA Weekly has led to a total shutdown of a food and drink event scheduled for next week.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Publisher of The Atlantic sends a cease and desist trademark letter to Atlantic Media and Research, cited for polling in Breitbart; Facebook page now disabled  —  It was a Breitbart “EXCLUSIVE.”  In a Nov. 22 piece, reporter Matthew Boyle got a special, early peek at the results …
Discussion: @erikwemple
Jake Kanter / Business Insider:
BuzzFeed execs tell staff that 40+ jobs from 140-person London office will be cut, as details emerge on reorganization announced in November  —  - BuzzFeed to layoff more than 40 of its 140 British staff.  — Twenty-three journalists will be let go.  — BuzzFeed UK's wage bill stands at £10 million.
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Brian Sullivan named president and COO of Fox Networks Group, succeeding Randy Freer, who became CEO of Hulu last month  —  Brian Sullivan has been promoted to president and chief operating officer of Fox Networks Group.  —  Sullivan succeeds Randy Freer, who was named CEO of Hulu last month.
Discussion: The Wrap and FierceCable
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Paris-based Webedia acquires majority control of Creators Media, which runs the entertainment-focused Movie Pilot fan site and Super News video channel
Discussion: The Wrap
Lauren Etter / Bloomberg:
How Philippines' President Duterte utilized Facebook, used by 97% of Filipino internet users, to spread his message before weaponizing it to target dissent
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
Patreon says it will reduce pledge fee from 5% to 2.9% but add a $0.35 charge for each individual pledge, causing concern among some creators
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