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For today’s newsletter, the last of the year, we’re evaluating the year’s greatest stories. The pandemic and financial crisis shocked the advertising and media markets, which is shown in our top stories that cover ad agencies, brand names, media companies, and the influencer industry.

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Red Bull CEO

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Gary Vaynerchuk

Gary Vaynerchuk speaks on board the Norwegian Escape during day 3 of the Top at Sea cruise on Friday, Nov. 11, 2016 in Miami.

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  • Marvel experts say they’re doubtful of its recent pledge to improve variety in its comics and business, after employing just 2 Black editorial staffers in the last 5 years
    Travis Clark spoke to previous and current Marvel editors who said the company had actually recommitted to nostalgia and timeless, mainly white characters, typically at the expenditure of varied characters like Miles Morales, a biracial Spider-Man.

  • The Skimm co-founders

    Sarah Jacobs.

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    Billy Horschel speaks with Cheddar hosts Kristen Scholer and Jon Steinberg at the New York Stock Exchange during a sneak peek media trip for THE NORTHERN TRUST on August 22, 2017 in New York City, New York.

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    Jennifer Hyman

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    Tanya looked at the concerns facing direct-to-consumer star Lease the Runway as the pandemic hit the company.
    Patrick, Tanya, and Lara O’Reilly talked with Dentsu employees about what’s next for the ad holding company after it revealed plan to slash 6,000 jobs.

    Sherry Smith, CEO of Triad Retail

    Service Wire.

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    GMMB establishing partner Jim Margolis at an interview in2006

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    Quibi Jeffrey Katzenberg

    Jeffrey Katzenberg.

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    Jason Kilar WarnerMedia CEO

    Jason Kilar.

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    Claire Atkinson reported Kilar was getting blended evaluations as he reorganizes the business around streaming.

  • Experts say TikTok rival Triller reported monthly active users that were 5 times greater than what some internal metrics showed
    Workers at buzzy TikTok rival Triller told Dan that the app pumped up key metrics like monthly active users.

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