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6:35 AM ET, June 18, 2019

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Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Authentic Brands licenses SI's digital and print rights to The Maven, which prepaid $45M for royalties over 10 years; Ross Levinsohn to be CEO of SI media line  —  Sports Illustrated's media operations are getting a new operator.  —  Authentic Brands Group — a licensing firm headed …
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Sources: AT&T's WarnerMedia nears a deal with production company Bad Robot, run by J.J. Abrams and Katie McGrath, estimated to be valued at $500M  —  Bad Robot, the famed production company Abrams runs with his wife and co-CEO Katie McGrath, had been fielding offers from pretty …
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
The Atlantic launches Daily Idea, a smart speaker skill that delivers a one-to-two minute summary of a recent or archived article  —  The Atlantic is launching a new skill for Amazon Echo and Google Home: A “single, illuminating idea” every weekday.  From the release:
Discussion: The Atlantic and MediaPost
Andrew Blustein / The Drum:
Spotify rolls out podcast listener targeting in some countries, segmenting users based on podcasts they stream  —  Already building out its podcast business with a slew of acquisitions, Spotify is now segmenting users based on podcasts they stream.  —  Up until now, Spotify has only broken …
Bloomberg:
YouTube Kids, intended as a haven from the dangers of the main YouTube site, is used by just 20M+ people a week, compared to the main site's 2B+ monthly users  —  There's a safer version of YouTube, but the company knows most children don't watch it  —  In late May, the advocacy group …
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
BuzzFeed News staffers walked out of all four US bureaus Monday, citing mismanagement, pay disparities and job cuts as they push for recognition of their union  —  - Journalists in four cities leaving the newsroom in protest  — Staff cites concerns over pay disparities and job losses
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Internet companies that call themselves “platforms” instead of publishers have no special legal protections or obligations under the Communications Decency Act  —  Alexis Madrigal, over at the Atlantic has a mostly interesting piece recounting the history of how the big internet …
Discussion: The Atlantic and @techdirt
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Over the last year, time spent watching Snapchat Original shows every day has more than tripled with audiences of more than 14M for some shows  —  ‘Endless Summer,’ which returns for a second season June 15, drew 28 million viewers during its fall debut.  “Serialized content is working,” …
Valeriya Safronova / New York Times:
A ban on ads depicting gender stereotypes, like men unable to change diapers or women having trouble with parking, is now in effect in the UK  —  No more commercials showing men struggling to do a load of laundry, or asking women if they are “beach body ready.”
 
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Rebecca Worby / Pacific Standard:
In a case that may affect social media, SCOTUS says First Amendment rules against “state actors” controlling speech don't apply to public access TV operators
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
With 40% of its audience outside the US and distribution deals with iFlix and Canada's Corus, Complex plans to expand its offices to Asia and Europe
James Walker / Press Gazette:
UK's JPI Media plans to close ten regional newspapers in addition to three already shuttered weeklies; staff will be moved to other titles
Nicole Sperling / Vanity Fair:
Quibi to let show creators on its upcoming streaming service, to launch in April 2020, own and repackage their content after two years
Discussion: MediaPost and IndieWire
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David Remnick / New Yorker:
Profiles of Doris Burke, “the LeBron James of sportscasters”, and other highly respected and popular women sports analysts and commentators
Alyssa Bereznak / The Ringer:
An overview of recommendation sites, from the highly trusted Wirecutter and Reviewed, to The Strategist's personality-driven picks, and some review aggregators
Discussion: @lschmeiser
Joern Poltz / Reuters:
Germany's ProSieben says Joyn, its free streaming service with Discovery, will launch on June 18 with ~50 channels, with a premium version coming this winter