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11:55 AM ET, November 7, 2018

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Stewart Clarke / Variety:
Source: the possible sale of Endemol Shine is off, as 21st Century Fox and Apollo Global Management suspend the process; Disney will get Fox's 50% stake  —  UPDATED: The sale of Endemol Shine is off, Variety has learned.  Senior staff members at the production and distribution giant were told …
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Brent Lang / Variety:
21st Century Fox's reports Q3 revenues of $7.18B, up 2% YoY, missing analyst estimates, and earnings of $1.29B, up 54% YoY  —  Earnings at 21st Century Fox were in line with expectations on Wednesday, even as the media conglomerate's revenues for its most recent financial quarter fell short of projections.
Discussion: MediaPost
Deadline:   EU antitrust regulators approve Disney's $71.3B offer for 21st Century Fox's entertainment assets, as long as it sells certain TV channels in Europe
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Fox News said it does not condone Sean Hannity's appearance onstage at a Trump rally on Monday night and called it an “unfortunate distraction”  —  Fox News Channel said it did not condone host Sean Hannity's appearance Monday night during President Donald Trump's campaign rally …
Christopher Mathias / @letsgomathias:
HuffPost National Reporter Christopher Mathias says he was told to leave Rep. Steve King's election night party by King's son, Jeff  —  Just got kicked out of Steve King's election night party! King's son Jeff, who is the campaign chairman, told me to leave the building.
Discussion: Washington Post
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Tony Leys / Des Moines Register:
Steve King barred his local paper, The Des Moines Register, from his election night event in Sioux City, with his son calling it a “leftist propaganda outlet”
Erin Nyren / Variety:
Hollywood producer Jason Blum was booed off stage at Israel Film Festival for criticizing Trump, with one reality TV star attempting to remove him  —  With the midterm elections heavy on everyone's mind, Jason Blum was booed offstage at the Israel Film Festival, where he was being honored …
Associated Press:
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg rejects request to appear before an “international grand committee” of Canadian and UK MPs to discuss fake news on November 27  —  LONDON (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has rejected a request to appear before an international parliamentary committee delving …
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Defy Media has ceased operations and let go of most employees, with a small team staying onboard to try and sell brands like Smosh  —  “Unfortunately, market conditions got in the way of us completing our mission," a company spokeswoman said in a statement.
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James Loke Hale / Tubefilter:
Sources: Defy Media is shutting down its LA office and making the ~80 employees who work there redundant
Discussion: Variety, New York Post and The Wrap
Tim Peterson / Digiday:
Axios expects its annual revenue to double YoY to $20M+ in 2018 and still plans to launch a subscription product but likely not by the end of 2018  —  Axios remains in no rush to release the high-end subscription product that the news publisher publicly discussed months before the company's January 2017 launch.
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Google says it has invested $100M+ in YouTube's Content ID system, up from $60M two years ago, and has given $3B+ to rights-holders, up from $2B+ in 2016  —  As part of longstanding efforts to prove that it's serious about combating piracy, Google today revealed some updated numbers from across its various digital products.
Jessica Davies / Digiday:
UK trade body AOP and The Media Trust plan to launch a free tool that will let publishers see what cookies are dropped on their sites and by which vendors  —  More publishers want to crack down on rogue cookies on their sites.  —  For publishers, monitoring which cookies are dropped …
Jonathan Albright:
Right Wing News, one of hundreds of “inauthentic” Facebook Pages removed in October, consistently outperformed Pages like Breitbart and Fox News from 2013-2016  —  Part III: Granular Enforcement  —  The third part of my midterm election-time study looks at granular enforcement …
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Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
A look at several successful journalism Kickstarter campaigns as seven of the ten most funded journalism projects on the site took place in the last year  —  The first time the National Observer tried to raise money on Kickstarter, they couldn't get the framing quite right.
 
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