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9:50 AM ET, October 9, 2018

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eMarketer forecast: video ad spending in the US will grow ~30% to $27.82B in 2018, making up 25% of US digital ad spending, with Facebook capturing ~24.5% of it  —  Facebook dominates with a quarter share  —  This year will mark a milestone for digital video advertising in the US, according to eMarketer's latest ad spending forecast.
Discussion: Marketing Land
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the State Department has contacted Saudi officials about Khashoggi case and calls on Saudi Arabia to support investigation  —  The State Department confirmed Monday that it has spoken with Saudi Arabia's government regarding the disappearance of a Saudi journalist …
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Discussion: Digiday, Adweek and Variety
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Walmart's streaming service Vudu strikes deal with MGM, under which it will create original series based on MGM's catalog of TV and film franchises  —  Streaming service also plans to launch ‘shoppable’ video ads in Q4  —  Walmart, America's biggest bricks-and-mortar retailer, is taking its first crack at original entertainment.
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Ex-White House Director of Communications Hope Hicks has been named head of corporate communications for New Fox  —  Hope Hicks, the former White House communications director who served during the chaotic first year of the Trump administration, has been named head of corporate communications for New Fox …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
As the smartest minds in science issue dire warnings about climate change, the press must cover the environment like it's the only story that matters  —  After a week of dire news — the certainty of our ruptured nation, the likelihood of a journalist being murdered — the United Nations' report …
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Hindustan Times political editor and bureau chief Prashant Jha resigns after allegations of sexual harassment from a former colleague  —  Prashant Jha's name surfaced in an account posted as part of a Twitter thread that started last week and encouraged many women to name and shame people who had allegedly sexually harassed them
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Nehmat Kaur / The Wire:
Female journalists in India have accused a number of newspaper editors and reporters of sexual harassment, including Times of India Editor K.R. Sreenivas
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Netflix is in final negotiations to purchase an eight sound stage production studio in Albuquerque, New Mexico, says it will create up to 1,000 jobs per year  —  - Streaming giant is in final talks for New Mexico facility ABQ  — Company to create 1,000 jobs, spend $1 billion on production
Daniel Holloway / Variety:
Disney taps longtime Fox executives, Peter Rice and Dana Walden, to lead non-sports TV operations; Fox's John Landgraf and Gary E. Knell also move to Disney  —  Top 21st Century Fox television executives Peter Rice, Dana Walden, John Landgraf, and Gary E. Knell are officially headed to the Magic Kingdom.
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
NBCUniversal launches WatchBack, an app that gives viewers a chance to win prizes; non-exclusive video includes full-length shows, clips, and digital series  —  The idea behind WatchBack is for the media giant to learn about consumption habits, data that is often not available to NBC when someone watches a show on linear television.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Forbes partners with journalism blockchain network Civil to become the first major media company to experiment with publishing stories to the blockchain  —  Forbes, the century-old business publisher, is joining forces with Civil, a journalism blockchain network, to become the first major media company …
Discussion: Civil
 
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John Authers / Financial Times:
Trust in financial media broke down catastrophically with the 2008 financial crisis, helped by social media and that degenerated into anger and disinformation
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